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

Significantly less muddy than the Kuamo’o trail leading up to the summit. Can’t speak on how strenuous this side is because we hiked up from Kuamo’o and descended here. Better views of the valley from this side. A little overgrown in some spots.

Really cool varying ecosystems as you increase in elevation. You can get by with sneakers if you don’t mind getting muddy but the first 2 miles are fairly slick with 2” mud after it rains. Upper section to the summit is drier but they clay is still pretty slick. Summit offers almost 360 degree views of Wailua and Kapa’a.

Very muddy following a heavy rain but still managed to get some good miles on dry trail as I got higher in elevation. Easy to follow trail connections and a STELLAR view. It rained at the summit on the ridge when I was up there and put on quite the sunrise show of rainbows. Loved every second.

This is a GORGEOUS hike!!! The views are outstanding. Like others have said, keep going after the picnic table. 360 degrees of views. There is mud and some scrambling, but bring one of the discarded walking sticks left by previous hikers to aid you a long the way.

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.

Trail was a little muddy in places but the views were spectacular!

hiking
13 days ago

Not just one major defined trail to the falls, this hike is made up of multiple lightly trekked trails, try and stick to trails as close to the river as possible (at times it might be easier to hike in the river). We had a couple of instances where we hiked paths that led away from the river only to discover that they were dead-ends. Easy to get discouraged on this hike, just keep going, it ends at the huge waterfall. Probably best to just hike in water shoes for this one.

walking
14 days ago

Incredible views of the Great Pacific Coast and lushness of Kauai alike.

Love this hike. Fairly simple, but due to heat and humidity it gives mainlanders a good workout. I did work my way out to the sketchiest points of this hike, with its shear cliff drops. It’s very doable, just be smart and slow! Several people have fallen from this spot. So know your abilities, limitations and respect this giant!

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.

Super easy walk in a beautiful rain forest with views of Mt Waialeale almost the entire trail. We wanted something easy in between awa'awapuhi and alakai swamp hikes. There is a cute little waterfall at the end. The hardest part of the trail is getting over a huge eucalyptus tree that blocks the trail. Other than that, this is an easy hike for the whole family. Turn right at the picnic table to continue on to the little waterfall. The trail connects with the Moalepe trail just past the waterfall. We continued a bit further on that trail but did not see anything too different or special, so we turned around. This trail is perfect if you like forest hikes, shade, and amazing views of the wettest place on earth.

One of the best hikes on Kauai! Moderately challenging due to the incline but easy enough to complete in a couple of hours. Absolutely beautiful views of Kapaa. The hike to the picnic tables is easy enough, though can get complicated if the ground is slick (but it’s Kauai and slick hikes goes with the territory).

The hard rating is for those who hike beyond the picnic tables onto the giant’s face. There’s a sketchy section of rock climbing complicated by muddy terrain that leads up to a narrow, wind swept ledge with an incredible view. This section is definitely not for those afraid of heights, but for those who push though, one of the most rewarding and beautiful views on the south of the island await!

3.5 stars! Super muddy at first then leveled out and became a beautiful forest trail. Gradual uphill slope and then very uphill for almost a mile.
Beautiful diverse trees. Do it early!!!

In my opinion, this is the 3rd best hike in Kauai! Not too bad getting to the picnic tables. Most people thought that the picnic tables was the summit - or the end of the hike. To get to the summit, you have to keep going past the picnic tables. This part is why the trail is labeled “difficult “ and not “moderate”. The view is spectacular.

The hike up the sleeping giant was amazing! Initially it can get very humid under the cover of the canopy, but becomes very exposed further on the ridge so remember sun block. There is a short “scramble” after the picnic area, which is not difficult at all. Many people like to hang out along the sketchy ridge of rocks, because of the beautiful view but if you keep following the trail up the ridge to the right you you’ll get views inland, with less folks and flat open landing area to stand/sit/eat/take pictures. A must do in Kauai, bring water, sun block, snacks and stay on the marked trails and you’ll have an amazing experience!

There are three different ways to hit this trail, and the longest and most interesting (and muddy) is off Kuamo’o by the horses (just past Opaekaa Falls). The shortest and second favorite is off Lokelani in the Wailua Homesteads. My least favorite is from sea level, through the Wailua Houselots simply because you’re in full sun the whole way and it can get really hot.

This is a fabulous trail, relatively easy, with spectacular views. My only recommendation is to forego walking on the “neck/head of the giant” as the trail is super narrow and the drops are shear. We have lost a few along this section (past the picnic tables) and it’s devastating.

Great hike and a regular/staple on my “to do” list.

Nice trail. Beautiful views—go all the way to the end! Need shoes with traction as it is slippery in parts even though it hasn’t rained in a few days.

Best to do this trail when it’s dry. Can get very muddy in wet conditions. Some rock scaling at the end but not too bad if you’re in decent shape. The views at the top are definitely worth it.

Nice short hike. Great views at the end. Muddy but could have been much worse if it were raining. Very few people at on the way up at about 2pm, packed on the way down.

Miles 3 and 4 are quite nice. Turned around at mike 5 once the pavement ended

Nice hike! Perfect if you only need to fill a few hours. It certainly wasn't difficult but then again it was perfectly dry when I went so a muddy wet trail would definitely make it more difficult.

If ever in Kauai take this hike for one reason... incredible ocean views from the hikes peak.. Level of skill is rated appropriately (moderate). The lack of elevation is surprising thinking you achieved higher. Two or three spots along the moderately groomed trail where you are actually rock climbing a 5’ wall. the rewards on the peak are well worth your sweat from both the task of the trail and humidity. Trail is extremely popular on weekends

This was a fun hike, not too challenging except in slippery spots. The views from the top are breath taking.

Amazing view if you can scale a rock wall to get to the viewpoint, very slippery wear hiking boots or shoes with a grip

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate climb with a service road trail. A bit slippery after a rain but the view towards the top were amazing. Myself and two friends did it Barefoot style with no issues.

hiking
1 month ago

Went in the worst condition, was pouring rain the entire time and the river was very rapid. But... I didn’t want to give up, I met a group of 4 that said there is only dead ends and I was confused, somehow we all must missed the trail and I went on my on way. I totally missed out on this waterfall and went much deeper in the forest where I found another waterfall, huge one! Can’t find that hike here on the app so I guess it’s not meant to hike, anyhow it was the craziest hike I done in my life and there was sometimes I felt giving up, my girlfriend told me she was only 20 minutes away calling the rescue team ha!...

Anyhow, don’t try this hike when it’s very bad weather condition you might find the way I did and that one is not meant for hiking, the river took me twice and that was the scariest I ever experienced.

If anyone know the name of the waterfall I went to, please let me know! I can’t seem to find it on google or here.

Amazing first hike on the island. You can't go wrong. Views are spectacular.

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.

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.

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