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Kapaa, Hawaii Map

Wonderful hike! Breathtaking views even if you don’t make it all the way to the top. There are a few spots where you have to climb up boulders, but I do it with my 1.5 year old on my back so it’s not too bad. They look scarier than they are. If it’s been super rainy within a few days it may be muddy but last couple weeks has been perfect trail conditions. Happy hiking!

washed out
2 days ago

It’s a tough one! First off, the map is not accurate to how the trail goes. Due to mud, trees down and blocking the way one is forced to zigzag back and forth across the river. There are no trail markers to help you pick your path. Crossing the river in mud caked shoes is no picnic either. If like playing Twister or The Limbo with Vaseline on your feet....this is the trail for you!

The views from the top of sleeping giant are fantastic. This route is very muddy & closed in!

Very muddy! Lovely variety of trees and plants along the way. Great views from many spots.

road biking
no shade
3 days ago

Great little commuter path for walking or cycling. We've seen whales from the path every day since we arrived (mid-January). Nice way to get to Donkey Beach.

I can see where this trail would be spectacular when it has been dry. As it rained today the hike down was challenging and very, very muddy. The views are amazing but I would recommend this hike when it is not raining as the trail is very eroded.

Great trail! Good workout with super Mountain View’s!

We lucked out with dry ground! It hadn’t rained for at least 4 days......maybe longer. That made for an easy day. The falls were gorgeous. Well worth the time. Follow the upper trail rather than the river to get to the second falls! Beautiful the whole way. Loved all of the plants too!

This was an easy trail. Got there about noon so it had less traffic. I can see if there was recent rains it could be a tougher trail. It seemed challenging for people who aren’t out walking nice inclines often though. Great for families. The views were spectacular! Especially past the picnic area. I’m a plant person and a fan of the forest so I loved every minute of the larger plants past that point! I highly recommend this trail. In and out took about 2.5 hours. That includes tons of plant ID time and pics.

Great trail to hike. Nice gradual incline.

CRAZY MUDDY too slippery to continue had to turn around

Very muddy. I would say it is even unsafe. But on the way back we found shortcut way, we went just uphill through the forest and got to the backyard of one house. It was just next to the main road. I couldn't imagine to go back by this slippery mud. Be careful!

Straight up and straight down, lots of huffing and puffing, but SO WORTH IT! Luckily wasn’t muddy when I went, but can definitely see how it would make it pretty difficult. The view is insane! When you reach the picnic tables, cross the path and go to the one that is going down to the left. That’s the one that takes you down then up to the 360 view, on the left. Be on the look out for strawberry guavas!

on Makaleha Hike

6 days ago

Knocked out this hike today and the conditions were great. It took us about an hour and 35 minutes going all the way back to the hidden falls and about an hour and 10 minutes out. I turned on my Strava app and it logged 3.2 miles in and 2.2 out. I think most of the extra mileage can be attributed to me walking all over the place instead of strictly staying on the “path.” As others have said, there is more than one path at many points, but as long as you stay near the water and follow the occasional cairns and you’ll be fine.

I’d say plan for 3 hours of hiking and about 4-5 miles depending on if you have to backtrack (or zig-zag a lot like we did).

A favorite! Gorgeous views and not busy. Only a couple muddy sections today. We like to go as far as the picnic tables. Easy enough for everyone but amazing views!!

7 days ago

Amazing. Did it with our 1.5 year old in tow so it was a bit harder to maneuver over and under the trees but soooo worth it. Trail is all over the place but just stay by the river and you will see it show up on one side of the other. We hiked in the river a lot of the time. Happy hiking!

road biking
7 days ago

Great views the entire trail. Biked this trail during sunrise and it was not too crowded but towards the end more people were on the trail and it got a little packed. Very peaceful and super easy, flat path.

Gorgeous 360 degree views! Can be a slippery mud slide of a trail if it’s rained at all but if you take your time and go slowly it’s 100% worth it. A bit of rock scrambling at the top just before the last and best viewpoint but there are some sneakpeaks of the view on the way up if you choose not to go to the tippy top!

The trail was not muddy when I went. However I would not be comfortable doing this hike if it was slippery. Saying that it was an absolutely stunningly beautiful hike and vistas! Well worth it. Provided 360°views of the island at the top!

Only muddy for the last 1/2 mile. We were fine in sneakers, but hiking boots would have been better. Nice views along the way, and close to town. A super quick activity on the way between other things. If you only have time for one hike, definitely skip this and head to Waimea canyon!

Loved this trail. It’s what I imagined hiking in Kauai would be like - lush, vistas of rugged mountains, and little to no people. I was a little disappointed with the waterfall (it’s essentially a little stream falling over some rocks) but hopefully I’ll find something else. (Napali Coast hiking is closed and this probably doesn’t compare).

This was a nice hike and had pretty spectacular views from the top. It was very muddy and there were some spots that were very difficult to maneuver, in fact there were some people who couldn’t make it because it was so steep and slippery (just one spot). Must have sneakers at a minimum (flip flops, toms or speedy won’t work) if it’s been raining. Worth the time.

great hike. 2.5 hrs in and out. went to the head. all the warnings seem overplayed... trail in good shape. just don't rush, stay on the designated path, and its fine. views are awesome.

crazy muddy. took three hours in and out with our six year old in tow. This trail isn't dangerous, but its in such poor shape it can hardly be called kid friendly. Sleeping Giant east was far easier because we weren't slogging through mud and crawling over trees the whole time. pass.

Great hike! Muddy at points but fairly dry overall. We continued past the benches and it got a bit more slick but the view was well worth it! Ended up being about 4.5 miles and took about 3 hours.

great hike with an exceptional rewarding view at the end. the eye of the giant was truly great! not as muddy except for a few patches, hiking shoes needed to avoid slipping. a few points where you need to climb up the rocks and boulders but a good exercise overall

Really nice easy hike :) took around 40 minutes to get there. Follow the river you will see a path it almost not muddu a all !! We came back by the " real " trail, was fun too but muddier ;)

Loved the trail. Muddy and slippery.

Very nice hike. Views are worth every step. Steep in areas and kind of scary if you keep going past the picnic tables. But rewarding if you make it.

The parking for this is just passed the bridge over the river. Theres a small trail through beautiful ecalptyus trees to the bathrooms. If you have a 4 wheel drive you can venture the road up more but we had a rental. The curve up the road has a really pretty view of the trees. We only made it half a mile since this trail a pretty much all mud and deep ravines of water. This road continues on to the trail to the Jurassic Park.

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