Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

MODERATE 347 reviews
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Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail is a 6.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

6.9 miles
2296 feet
Out & Back




nature trips

trail running






wild flowers



over grown


no dogs

Hanakp'ai Falls Trail is located near Hanalei, Hawaii and features a waterfall. The trail is primarily used for hiking. The first 2 miles is a moderate hike to Hanakapiai Beach. From there it is another 2 strenuous miles to the falls. The trail is very muddy and slippery during the first mile. Hollywood is a big fan of this Hawaiian island's spectacular landscape, which is why it's a popular filming location for movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park. Like most trails on Kauai, the route up to the falls is quite rugged and usually quite slippery. This route should not be attempted during or immediately after a heavy rainfall.

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November 22 2017
Weather Wet and slush
Trail Muddy wet slippery
Must Equipment Trekking Poles Good Merrill Hiking Shoes
River Conditions Waist high fast moving waters

Great hike, hard and tough.
Unlike many reviews this is during wet and raining conditions. Need to be in good fitness. Saw many in flippers and sliding.
Views are awesome and worth the effort.
Best hike in Kauai.

20 days ago

Views are simply amazing. Muddy and some challenging spots, so wear the right shoes. Go early to beat crowds. Garden of Eden!

22 days ago

Awesome trail, an absolute must if you enjoy beautiful, lush, and green coastal scenery. The hike to the falls and the option to take an extremely refreshing dip is worth the trek alone. Only negative thing that I can think of, which this really didn’t bother my wife and I but it may bother some, is how muddy and slippery it can get. Unfortunately we did not bring trekking poles with us on our trip (we will next time) but those definitely would have made the hike much easier in navigating some of the more rocky and slippery parts, but again we did fine without them. Overall we really enjoyed the hike and highly recommend it.

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25 days ago

Gorgeous vistas of the na Pali coast and ke'e beach, well established trail

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1 month ago

Unbelievable view of the water fall. Up and down hike that took 5 hours round trip for an experienced hiker. Hike early in the morning to beat the rush of people coming for Kee beach and making the first leg of the hike. Trail is much more serene and natural when not crowded. Must swim out to the water fall once reaching the end of the trail. Will be slippery do not attempt hike without adequate footwear...

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1 month ago

Absolutely phenomenal trail. Difficult enough to keep it interesting, easy enough I was never scared for my life. The waterfall at the end... wow!

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Il faut venir tôt pour éviter la foule. Belle balade récompensée par un bain sous la cascade: rafraîchissant!

1 month ago

The is a great hike. The first 2 miles include coastal views and don’t include any stream crossings until you get to Hanakapi’ai Beach. From the beach to the falls in late October included at least 6 stream crossings where you waded through at mid-thigh depth. The hike is through the forest. Based on the time of year and amount of rain, the depth of the stream will change. My advice is to go expecting to get muddy and wet. The base of the falls is amazing and this part of the trail wasn’t too busy. About 40 people spread out over 2 miles.

1 month ago

It’s as what everyone says in their reviews. I would add two things, it’s a moderate plus hike and the beach part of hike is not along a flat beach of sand. It’s a muddy, rocky slippery up and down hike 200 feet above the water.