Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

MODERATE 186 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

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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. When hiking the trails of Kauai you can be forgiven for expecting to meet a T-Rex around the next bend, or to spot Indiana Jones running by with one hand on his hat and the other grasping some ancient artifact. Hollywood is a big fan of the this Hawaiian island's spectacular landscape, which is why it's a popular filming location for movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurasic Park. The 300 foot tall Hanakapi'ai Falls is definitely a spectacle you'd expect to star on the silver screen, and certainly worthy of a 8 mile out-and-back trek. Like most trails on Kauai, the route up to the falls is quite rugged and usually quite slippery, which is why we categorize this hike as hard. Also, this route should not be attempted during or immediately after a heavy rainfall.

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Beautiful trail, moderate difficulty. Have done this hike each time I've come to the island. My husband loved it so much we did it twice when we came in May 2016.

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Best trail to hike. Must be in good shape and start early

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21 days ago

Great hike. Appears to be around 8 miles. The hike out from the beach is underrated for difficulty. After having arrived back at the beach from the falls, you feel like you are on the home stretch. It is only 2 miles out, big deal. We seemed to have forgotten how much downhill we experienced on the way in. The uphill on the way out was tiring. Make sure you have enough water, because you will want it on the way back.

I did not find the trail to be that dangerous overall, but we did not have rain. I think had we had rain, the slick rocks would have made the trail quite treacherous in places.

Overall it was an incredible experience, especially swimming under the falls and allowing the water to fall on you. We had already done the helicopter tour and the zodiac boat tour of the NaPali coast, and I still think this hike was worth the effort.

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