Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails near Hanalei with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It was average in awesomeness. The views were nice: you can see the ocean from elevation. Regarding difficulty: I would say it is moderate it was quite doable for my fiancé and me.

I would recommend hiking to the aloha bench and then turn around (about 1 mile in). It has a nice view there. After that the trail is really overgrown and the views don’t change that much. We turned around at about 1.75 miles as it was getting boring for the steepness and bushes that itch your arms and legs. Other hikers said at about 2 miles it was “sketchy” with lots of roaped parts to climb.

Comparative to other hikes I have taken on the island this trail doesn't have the most beautiful views. Though there are a few great lookouts, a majority of the trail is covered in brush. The brush gets so thick both my husbands legs and my legs were pretty scratched up at the end. The trail was muddy which we full anticipated, but would have been more rewarding had it been more scenic. On the plus side, the roped areas were fun, there were many wildflowers, the bench lookout has a good overview of Hanalei, and it was challenging hike on the north side of the island where we were staying. My advice would be to just hike to the bench if you are looking for views, after that it was pretty much purely exercise.

hiking
5 days ago

Fun but difficult hike. Climbing up the whole way. Gets very muddy and slippery so be careful as the trail gets narrow. Stunning views. Specially at Last Light.

Nice and muddy ! Easy way up to the famous trees! Both our french canadian families liked to be in the forest and dirty, without mosquitoes. Nice views up there !

hiking
10 days ago

Very muddy at some parts of the hike, parts with steep inclines . The view at the top is very nice , definitely worth the effort.

hiking
11 days ago

Very slippery, especially at the upper end near the 1.75 mi marker. A great challenging hike

My 9 old girl and I had one of the most amazing and tough adventures of our lives. I’m super proud and impressed with her skills and mental fortitude. Went to very top of twin peaks. 7 miles total round trip and 2,500 feet of climbing. It took us 6 hours. It rained on and off all day so the entire trail was super muddy and very slick. There are at least 12 ropes and one section, near the top, is about 100 feet and super steep. The hard sections require serious fitness as they are near vertical rock/mud cliff creations. Wouldn’t recommend if it is raining or you aren’t fit and up for a serious all day adventure. There are some very tough and sketchy parts where the tread is maybe a foot wide and several thousand foot drop offs on either side. One wrong step and it’s bye bye for a long ways... If you have a fear of heights pick another hike. The views on top are totally mind blowing. Would I do it again? Hell yes, but not when it’s raining or has been wet the previous few days.

Road after Hanalei is closed till November at least

Beautiful hike! Steep at several points, especially in the beginning, but SO WORTH it! We walked through the lush jungle, saw pineapple, papaya, guava and palm trees, so many colorful birds, and a dramatic cliff and coast line. The most scenic hike I’ve done so far, was the best part of my trip to Hawaii!

trail running
1 month ago

Super fun if you are not afraid of mud and going through narrow paths, it is very slippery, so use good hiking shoes, (also put some mosquito repellent) it’s is not an easy trail, take your time and take some water, I encounter lots of toads on the trail, There is a tree that the bark is soft to the touch look for it it’s fun to touch it, there is some ropes that you need to use to climb to the top , watch your step it’s slippery , the views are fantastic, the vegetation is amazing, the toads are funny , they like the trail and jump to the side when they hear you, enjoy the trail have fun!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a blast but very difficult. You will get scratched up and bruised up. I’m a professional ballerina and the people that came with me are all very fit and in our 20’s. We were able to do it just fine but we were so sore the next day. The whole trail only gets more and more scary as you keep going. It’s very slippery. Make sure your hiking shoes have very pointy bottom soles so they can grip the mud. I would suggest you bring hiking gloves because we all made the mistake of climbing with our bare hands. The view is fantastic the whole time even when you’re in shaded spots it’s still beautiful. Lots of pretty flowers and even berries! There was a landslide on the opposite side of the path that my sister thought was the trail going down. Do not make that mistake, your body knows when you’re on something you’re not supposed to be on. It should be hard but not impossible. We are so proud of ourselves. If you’re not super fit just do the first half, it’s really beautiful and easy.

Incredible hike. Muddy in spots. Scenes so incredible it just doesn't seem real. Must do.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views.

paddle sports
2 months ago

I did this kayak trip with my wife and kids back in 05'. It was fun, and a good way to get out and get some exercise and see the island from a different perspective. Not that long of a paddle, so it's easy for anyone.

if you take this trail to the very end, it is quite difficult but an extraordinary payoff. There are ropes attached to the rock walls to help you up and down various parts of the last third of the hike. Only for the very adventurous and fit.

Amazing views, well maintained trail. Gets 4 stars instead of 5 because this is the portion of the Na Pali Coast that has a lot more foot traffic. If we had more time, my wife and I would have done the entire 11mi coast and camped out at the end. Since there are handfuls of people who only go out to the first beach and back, you're bound to get caught up in a couple of spots behind slower hikers or have faster ones get caught up behind you. Overall, well worth it!

Scenic trail. Well maintained. Brought our 7 month old along without a problem. River was too high to cross, but saw the whole beach from other side of river no problem.

hiking
3 months ago

If it has rained, be warned, this trail is slippery and at times steep. I would only recommend this hike to the ambitious and sure footed athlete - if that's you, then this is a beauty of a ridgeline.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a really fun trail. Slippery in spots and rope climbs are a bit dicey but as long as you’re in shape you’ll be fine. Don’t stop at the cell tower, keep going up to the bench for the view. It’s not very difficult until after the bench. If you keep going, there are a few spots where you get great views of Hanalei Bay and the valley behind you. We hiked a little over 2 miles in and turned around, as we were not prepared for a longer hike. However, it would have been about another 1.5 hours to the highest peak. Still, we got great views and a good workout. Definitely wear trail shoes if it’s wet.

A beautiful hike! Able to see the coast line, which is one of the best parts of the island. It was a bit muddy when we went in March, but with careful footing it was not too bad. Would recommend this hike.

Great trail that is accessible but quite muddy in rainy season. Plan ahead and bring lots of water and wear proper shoes. The diversity of the panoramas is fantastic. Enjoy

hiking
4 months ago

This was an extremely muddy and wet trail that led to so-so views. Not sure they were much better than the overlooks. I would spend my time elsewhere in the north shore. That said it's a good calf burner and quick if you only go to the electrical tower and turn back.

Gorgeous beach ❤️

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is not for the faint of heart. If you take the trail all the way to the ‘summit’ you are in for an incredibly intense, somewhat dangerous but totally rewarding experience.
After hiking a few of the more heavily trafficked trails on the island, I really wanted to find something off the beaten path. There are a couple of nice lookouts but the overwhelming majority of the hike is dense, barely ‘manicured’ jungle. The trail feels more like a deer trail in that it is no more than 1’ wide and completely overgrown at most points.
Once you get to about the 1.75 mark you will start seeing knotted ropes strung on trees to help with ascent/descent. The reason this hike is so difficult is because the last .8ish miles is extremely difficult in comparison. You have to pull yourself up near vertical mud/rock faces using the aforementioned ropes, one after the other. You are literally climbing to the top of the mountain!
Getting down was definitely the most uneasy I’ve ever felt on a hike. Really scary and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think to myself ‘am I going to make it down in one piece?'
Do not attempt the summit if it is raining, if it looks like it might rain, or if it's rained in the last day or two. Also bring way more water than you think you need.

Amazing hike! Must wear work gloves and good boots. Requires upper body strength for pulling yourself up ropes on steep, slippery slopes. I went in late January after a week or two with no rain and it was still VERY muddy and slippery. Be careful on this one. in the end, the view from the top is absolutely unbeatable and totally worth the strenuous hike.

Crowded but worth it for the amazing views along the coast.

5 months ago

Was very fun. A bit challenging where muddy but helped to have our walking poles with us. We didn’t get to the end due to time constraints and had to turn back shortly after completing 3km (according to my gps).

hiking
5 months ago

Great difficult hike. View is really great. I would recommand gloves if you plan on doing the whole trail since the ropes can be slippery and rough on your hands.

Awesome views. I recommend picking up a walking stick at the trailhead. A kind person gave me his stick part the way up and it was invaluable.

Awesome among awesome trails. If it rained (often does) plan extra time for slippery downhills, particularly near the stream around 1.6 mi. Some people do this hike every day they visit Kauai, I can see why. Hiking poles very helpful.

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