Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail

MODERATE 165 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

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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.

Hiked it January 2017 with friends. Amazing
Swim was excellent

Highly recommend this one for a partial day

Start early!!

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5 days ago

Takes a chunk of the day so go early! Very pretty though. Wear a swimsuit to swim at the top! You cross the river a couple of times as well so sandals like Keene or chacos are perfect! It's also closer to 8 miles round trip from the start at ke'e beach. Pretty views all along the way!

6 days ago

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6 days ago

this trail is STUNNING - definitely one of the more beautiful hikes i've done. the views of the coast at the beginning, the crashing waves at the beach 2 miles in, and the plants and animals seen throughout the hike were lovely; the falls at the end are amazing! i got lucky, as it rained at the beginning but cleared up around the time i passed the beach. i was alone at the falls for a while, and jumped into a swimming hole on the way back.

things to note: the trail is slick and muddy if it has been raining, there's a lot of rocks and roots along it, and there are a few stream crossings during the second half - sturdy shoes are a must! also bring lots of water. i didn't track my progress with GPS, but it's closer to 8 miles rather than 6.9, as per the trail markers.

definitely recommend it!

6 days ago

I would rate it difficult, especially for those who don't hike much, but it was AMAZING!

9 days ago

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9 days ago

Amazing trail

17 days ago

More of a difficult trail rating. Very slippery rocks due to constant rain. A bit of scrambling to prevent falls. We came up with about 4,5 miles. Lots of water so bring a filter and you do not have to pack it in. Start early and finish early to avoid the rains. Took about 5 hours. Btw. We ( my wife and I) are experienced hikers. 35 plus years. And climbed some 14ers. Just for perspective.

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19 days ago

What everyone else said, this hike is amazing. Probably some of the best views I've ever seen hiking and the Falls are gorgeous. If you make the trek to the falls, you better go swimming. There's no reason not to! For more on my adventure, check out my blog post!

https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/03/09/Hanakapiai-Falls-via-Kalalau-Trail-Na-Pali-Coast

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27 days ago

Absolutely stunning. Definitely challenging but 100% worth it when you get to those impressive falls. The trail itself offers beautiful views of the Napali Coast as well as lush jungle.

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27 days ago

One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. Be warned this is not an easy hike, it is a very hard and dangerous trail for beginners but well worth it if you can make it to the falls. Pack at least 4 bottles of water per person, food, snacks, sunscreen, bug spray and a first ad kit and take your time to enjoy all of the beautiful scenery. There are some beautiful natural swimming pools near the falls that are definitely worth swimming in and is a great place to have lunch. Enjoy and be careful.

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28 days ago

Well worth the effort. Lots of stream crossing and rocks. The falls were amazing. I remember it taking a little longer than expected as it was more technical than my friend and I thought. Went in march so everything was pretty damp and slick. Good hiking boots are a must. Good activity level for a vacation and amazing, amazing views.