Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

MODERATE 339 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

beach

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.

hiking
1 day 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.

hiking
2 days ago

3 days ago

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

8 days ago

hiking
9 days 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...

hiking
12 days ago

12 days 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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13 days ago

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hiking
15 days ago

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

hiking
16 days 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.

18 days 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.

19 days ago

I love this trail it has it all. Amazing views of Nāpali to start with. Don’t plan on keeping your shoes clean or feet dry with enough stream crossings for a refreshing dip you will be rewarded with an amazing view of the falls. Pack some food before the walk back.

hiking
20 days ago

22 days ago

Great hike. Strenuous in the first mile down hill the 2nd. Rocky and roots to the falls. It’s slick throughout but rewards with great views and the falls are spectacular! Pack enough water! We took 2 quarts and needed 6 but live and learn! We made it so will you. Not sure why it’s considered moderate. It can be tough especially if wet.

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1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Not a moderate hike but the scenery was beautiful. Bring sturdy shoes and lots of water but a muddy trail and lots of climbing over rocks and you cross the streams three times over rocks.