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Great for families with young children!

We had great weather! It lightly rained the day before but the trail was barely muddy. Go early... the more traffic the muddier it gets. We were the first to arrive at the falls for the day which made it amazing and peaceful. I honk the 14 mil description is mistaken. It’s more like 2 mile paddle and 2.5 mile hike in? Not real difficult but I can see how it would be if it were muddy. I would definitely do this trail again! Awesome laid back adventure!

7 days ago

We used stand up paddle boards to get to this hike which was a lot of fun. If you want to avoid the crowds, Sunday is the best day because the commercial kayak centers do not run tours that day. There were maybe 10 people at Secret Falls when we made it there. Finding the trail head off of the water was obvious.

Due to the lack of rain recently, when we did this hike (1/13/19) the trail was not that muddy. I think we would have made it in flip flops, but closed-toe shoes would be best.

We utilized Kaua’i SUP for the boards and they even had a few pairs of shoes left behind that we could borrow for the hike.

If you take the back trail it is more of a challenge and tales longer, but the views are amazing!

The view at the end is spectacular. Parts of this very steep (albeit very short) trail were too steep for some in our group. Absolutely beautiful view at the end for those who were more able!

walking
18 days ago

Great local trail, easy, and dog friendly. No shade so bring water and please clean up after your fur babies.

Hiked part of this yesterday. Definitely a good idea to wear running shoes or hiking boots. It was also quite windy so my wide brimmed hat was constantly an issue and I had to hold the sides down for most of the hike.
Started off nice and there was some shade but once on the lava part it was hot. We did see some spinner dolphins in the bay when we first started which was awesome. We turned around probably 1/2 way as some other hikers told us the pools were too shallow to snorkel in and the end beach was anti climatic and that they’d lost where the trail went.
Did see wild goats several times on the lava fields as well as remanants of ancient Hawaiian civilizations. .
All in all had fun at a slow pace and not sorry we turned around.

I did the Wailua River kayaking and hiking trip to the Secrer Falls. The kayaking was great (2 miles there and 2 back, mostly easy with a little breeze upstream). However, the hiking (3 miles round trip) was atrociously muddy, with some spots going up to the knees. beautiful falls but not quite worth the trek in my opinion. Still had a good time regardless!

22 days ago

good

We’ve done this trip a few times. It’s a great family expedition. It is always muddy, so be prepared and just enjoy it. Trying to stay clean is pointless. You can use the showers and restroom at the park where you launch your kayak if you are renting from Wailua Kayak & Canoe. I recommend doing this as a self guided trip rather than hiring a guide. You won’t get lost and it’s way more fun.

It’s a very beautiful fun for kids. Can feed the ducks and fish.

25 days ago

Breathtaking

ditto many of the other comments. make sure you go early enough to rock climb around the point and up to the cliff where ypu can see the lightjouse

We kayaked out to the trail head and hiked up. SUPER muddy and slippery but fun nonetheless. We had a blast and did this AFTER Hiking up and over the sleeping giant! Great day. Beautiful waterfall, cold water.

Kayaked the river to connect to the trail. Really really muddy but fun trek.

Gorg

Would have been more enjoyable if the mud hadn't literally sucked the soles off of my sandals, leaving me traction-less and a cautionary model for guides to point out to others "what-not-to-do."

Started after military section and enjoyed a long, leisurely day walking the beach.

We have just done it today. 12/10. It was absolutely doable by a 2wd car.
The view was great but the waves were too big for going far into the water.

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1 month ago

My sister and I did this hike the last time we were on Kauai and it was fantastic. You can take a kayak tour but we opted to rent our own kayak and go out on our own. We rented from Wailua Kayak and Canoe which was perfect because they are close to the boat ramp so you don't need to transport the kayak on your car. We also went very early (they start renting out kayaks at 7 am) which ended up being the best choice we made. We were some of the first people out to the falls so we almost had them to ourselves. On our hike back, however, we passed tour group after tour group so had we gone later in the day we may not have enjoyed it as much. And yes the hike is VERY muddy but if you're okay with that, it ends up being part of the fun. I recommend wearing water shoes or something that can handle the mud...otherwise you may ruin a pair of shoes. Overall a super fun experience!

A 20-30 minute walk to the water. I parked across from the entrance to the parking lot (it was full) at 3pm on a Monday and started the walk by myself. The trail starts at the end of the parking lot. Make a right at the sign. The trail is over large pebbles which caused many people to walk slow and carefully. Once you get to the divide, you will find a path to a small beach or you can continue into a grassy marshland with small trees. This part was a bit overgrown. The path will eventually bring you to an inlet with mangroves or to the tidal pools.

Beautiful rocks. Was hard to find. No signs and big dumpster in front of walkway. Awesome view.

My favorite trail on Maui! I truly feel like I am walking back in time with every step.

Be sure to wear sturdy shoes with ankle support and bring lots of water.

There are a few small “off shoot” trails to the right of the main trail as you get to the open cliff area. Taking one or two of these will lead to the best views of the cliff edges. Also found a small and safe wading pool.

But for me the real beauty is the end ~ the Olivine Pools are so interesting to me. Amazing color and mossy vegetation.

Leave snorkel gear in your car, and after the hike, take a dip in a very shallow cove on the North side of La Parouse Bay. As you pull into the parking lot, facing the ocean, that snorkel spot is far right. Trail is off to the left.

Nice and interesting trail through lava field. If you go to the old lighthouse, there are two pools on the way that are worth to stop and swim in them. Just go to the lighthouse and when you see small path leading to the right side, go for it and you will find them! Enjoy! :)

Beautiful

Beautiful, totally enjoyed this hike in combination with kayaking, crossing a river and getting totally wet, and seeing waterfalls.

walking
2 months ago

We did this hike with a toddler in tow (in a backpack). We managed to get our rental car part way along the gravel, muddy road. We walked the rest of the road to a little beach. (A great spot for a snack and to play in the water - which we did on the way back).

The road was very wet and muddy. Be prepared to get your shoes wet!

We continued from the beach to the rock quarry and to Mokolea point.

There were lots of really cool things for the baby to see along the way. It did get a little sketchy out along the rocks but worth it. I’m not too sure how far out we hiked ... but we were not disappointed.

This was a great “go exploring” trail right beside the bird refuge.

We drove a mini van right up to the beach. Great place to walk along the ocean and was a awesome sunset.

Loved this trail! It was mostly flat but navigating through the lava beds created a great workout. The olivine pools were beautiful, as was the rugged coastline. Make sure to take the spurs off the main trail to see the rugged, but gorgeous, cliffs along the ocean. A bit of rock scrambling on the spurs, but well worth it. Also there was a special viewing of some wildlife. I did not think the trail was as hot and sunny as stated, but I would recommend a hat and sunscreen.

Easy. Exceptional view on lava field. We have seen a monk seal and her baby.

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