Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

MODERATE 290 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.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2775 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

over grown

rocky

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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1 day ago

Worth the muddy hike to swim in the waterfall.

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3 days ago

This hike can take awhile when wet but the views are amazing. Well worth it. It is very heavy traffic so expect a lot of greetings. At the bottom of the falls a large pool of water you can swim. Expect 30 or more people will be swimming with you.

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14 days ago

5 stars for beauty, 2 stars for the amount of people.

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18 days ago

Great trail along the coast with amazing views of the Na Pali coast line. Hike to the waterfall is great with fresh guava along the way.
Closer to the waterfall there are a couple of sketchy parts but for the most part the trail is moderate-easy.
We hiked on a dry sunny day, so conditions were at their best.