Hoopii Falls Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaa, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
200 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

washed out

private property

The trailhead is correctly marked but it is not easy to see from your car. It is on the left side as you approach and is marked with a metal gate.

Go to the second falls and recreate some Jurassic Park photos. The people saying it is not worth it are chumps and probably only saw the first falls. The second falls are further downstream. Go to the first falls and continue on down the trail. There will be 2 sections of spider like trees you have to duck under and crawl over. You will then hear the falls on your left. Go just a little further on the trail and down the muddy slope on your left so you can go to the base of the falls and swim.

21 days ago

Not recommended since it's in a residential area surrounded by private property and the trail is not clearly marked what is private and what is public property. We walked over from our rental house and went down the trail a bit but turned around shortly after. If you decide to do it please be respectful of the residents and try to make sure you are staying on public land.

1 month ago

The trail entry was a little hard to see but easy enough to walk down. If you stay along the water it’s less muddy, and a lot easier.

1 month ago

The trail was hard to find but thanks to the other reviews we found it pretty quickly ! I thought the trail was okay but I wasn’t amazed by the view. I was under the impression the trail would lead to the bottom of the waterfall not the bottom.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are a tourist, don't go out of your way to go to Ho'opi'i Falls. There are many more beautiful waterfalls on Kauai that deserves your cameras time and attention. It probably deserves three stars but the trailhead was across the street from where I used to live, so it was a great reason for my friends to come over, and for that reason it gets four. Kipu Falls was an infinitely better waterfall with a couple rope swings which I would recommend tourists to go to instead, but I guess too many people died there from jumping and landing on rocks, or swinging and hitting branches that had fallen into the pond. I remember one guy climbed up on the branch above the rope swing and it broke and he died. So the trail there is closed.

hiking
2 months ago

slick and muddy, need sturdy shoes. in some area you have to crawl under low limbs to get to head of the falls. At the first waterfall there's a trail that is not easy to find where you can climb down to the base of the falls. we saw the trail that went to the right and climbed up it part way but it look like it didn't go anywhere so maybe the other one was there too and we just missed it. I think it was an easier climb down then it was a climb up for the trail we took because we saw some people with young children that had gone down to the base of the waterfall on the trail that we could not see. It would be helpful if there were some signs.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike! We took our 5 and 7 year old girls. It's mostly flat with some areas where maneuvering rocks, steps. or branches is needed but definitely doable. BRING BUG SPRAY! And dont be afraid to swim in the 2nd falls...just beware, the rocks in the water are SUPER SLICK from algae. We wore swimwear under dry fit clothes and it wasn't a problem. The swim was refreshing. Make sure you stop at both falls! The first is small but the second is bigger and worth the trek.

hiking
2 months ago

Great Hike! It took about 25 (1 mile) minutes to get all the way down. The trail wonders through some really wonderful trees and along a very beautiful creek. There’s even a spot about 1/2 way where people do a little cliff jumping.

2 months ago

We went in the morning around 8am and practically had the trail to ourselves. Wonderful little hike with a great waterfall at the end.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail with two sets of waterfalls to look forward to and swim in. Very easy to hike, many people were also there with small children. The trail goes on after the second waterfall but there isn’t a lot past it, and you’ll have to come back the way you came in. Overall gorgeous little nature walk.

2 months ago

Short and enjoyable. the highlight is the jungle greenery, which is as good as we've seen it anywhere on the island in the last 3 weeks. two very nice waterfalls, although they won't blow your mind. gorgeous flowers, vines, and vast soaring trees, though. slightly muddy but nothing to worry about.

hiking
3 months ago

Not sure what the excitement is about this trail. The water was muddy and I've seen better waterfalls and found this disappointing--along with the other 6 of us who were very hopeful. Definitely take the bug repellant and you can skip the swimming/rope into the water--too fast of water, not to mention it's not anywhere near clear, thus not safe to jump in since you wouldn't see what you are landing on. Take an extra pair of shoes for the return drive as you will get muddy.

4 months ago

Fantastic hike! Scenery was out of this world and the falls were spectacular. It was slippery as it had rained most of the day and the trails down to the falls were steep but the views were definitely worth the mud and the effort.

4 months ago

Very muddy and slippery you will get dirty. My kids did in bare feet maybe better

hiking
4 months ago

An enjoyable walk on a path that wasn’t that muddy but I suspect it would be if it had rained recently. Some trees down cross the path at a few places but not really a barrier. Bit steep right at the end. Good falls with a rope swing someone has put up but watch out for the submerged rock about 10ft/3m out scout that out first you don’t want to hit it!

hiking
4 months ago

Lots of downed trees to crawl over and under but wasn’t overly challenging. Trail was also a bit muddy from rain night before, and bug spray (mosquito repellent ) would be SUPER helpful! We really enjoyed the short hike and thought it was a great first day “starter” trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy trail that is shade with two waterfalls. The second waterfall has a rope swing into the river. This was one of our favorite hikes in Kauai with our teenage boys. This trail starts in residential area, which confused us at first.

5 months ago

Great little hike! about a mile or so each way. Very scenic and tropical. Rope swing a falls at the end. wasn't busy at all.
only downside is it was very muddy and slippery when we went in May due to the massive rains.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views, was able to view the falls from both the top and the bottom of the waterfall. Can be slippery and muddy!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked but didn't swim. Really easy walk with some views of a farm initially and two falls. First one was more powerful than the second but good views all around. Lots of mosquitos so bring bug repellent!!

6 months ago

easy hike ..sometimes muddy. nice falls.

6 months ago

Great views but recent floods made it super muddy and slick.
High risk for falling, spraining an ankle or just landing the wrong way. Do not rely on rocks or tree branches when you have recent floods. Use common sense.
Though, if you watch your step and go slow it’s worth the walk. I would rate easy, and moderate in some areas due to mud.

hiking
6 months ago

I liked this trail. Easy to moderate (depending on conditions can be slippery after rains). Some bugs & mud but that’s to be expected. Beautiful scenery! Waterfalls and streams make this hike a great reward for short distance. Definitely recommend.

hiking
6 months ago

Great short hike, it is listed as easy but I went after a rain which I think it makes it more moderate of a hike, don’t be afraid of getting muddy.

7 months ago

Oooo

nature trips
8 months ago

Beautiful trail. A little muddy but we had rain earlier in the day. Prepare to get muddy. There is a few places we have to weave through the trees. Did it with an 8 month old on my back just fine. At the falls there is a rope swing. Bring a towel if the weather is cooler.

8 months ago

Awesome hike, very pretty. We weren’t paying attention and totally missed the first falls and ended up at the second. We couldn’t figure how to get down to the bottom of the falls to the rope swing but asked a local and he showed us. Where it looks like it dead ends you climb up some rocks and trees on the right side of the trail to a higher trail. Once you walk about 50 feet you descend back down. Rope swing was cool, water felt great.

8 months ago

Just hiked this today with my 13 year old son. We cliff jumped about 40 feet down stream from the first falls on both sides of the stream. The jumping cliffs are about 10 feet high on the trail side and about 15-18 on the other side. I checked the depth before we jumped and the water was over 10 feet deep.

We then walked down to the second falls which are higher but there was no cliff jumping there - just the rope swing which also looked fun, but we didn’t do it. We went back to the first set of falls, jumped a few more times and ate the Subway sandwich we had packed. It was a great day we will both remember forever.

8 months ago

Really neat trail with beautiful views and waterfalls but is all private property and we were forced off.

hiking
8 months ago

Two nice waterfalls. The first is a bit more dramatic. The first waterfall has a nice jump just below the main falls into about 8-9 ft of water, you then float down 100-150 ft and climb out on the right. The second fall has a nice overlook and a rope swing in the pond below the falls. Watch out for the submerged rock below the rope swing.

Also look for signs of wild pigs with small wallows.

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