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hiking
2 days ago

Amazing views! Hiking poles helpful along with good shoes, it was raining when we went and became a little slippery, that’s why the poles were helpful. Would highly recommend this hike.

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful views from where ever you're at, whether it be in the parking lot, 5 mins down the trail or up on the other valley.

Loved the view and did it when it was dry. Make sure you take some water when you go for the hike back up

hiking
1 month ago

Great black sand beach at the bottom. Trail is basic down and back. Trail is in good condition. Time down incorporates lots of photo stops

1 month ago

Breathtaking views. It’s an out and back hike down the cliff to the sea. Trail in good shape no trash. Get there by 8am for close parking and quieter experience. I’m slow and old and made it down in 20 min. It’s easy to spend a couple hours down at the beach. It took me 36 minutes to climb back up.

hiking
2 months ago

Made this a bit longer along the Awini Trail and walked to the far side of the beach at bottom and up over the other side of the ravine. There is an unmaintained trail beyond the beach but in pretty good shape. I would not recent it in wet conditions and should be done in hiking boots. Total hike a little over 3 miles. The View from the other side is well worth the trip! You may see a horse or cow out there. Recommended for conditioned hikers/ moderate fitness- its steep!

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike, first part was a bit slippery, highly recommend taking trekking pole or grabbing one of the wooden ones at the start of the trailhead. Don't give up halfway! The first half is the hardest leg of the trek. Also, it is longer than .5 miles down it's about 1.3 miles round trip, not including the beach and hills. If you get to the bottom, don't forget to walk up the hills to get a breath taking view of the valley and a waterfall in the background, you won't regret it! A must do if you have the time!

hiking
2 months ago

I’m just gonna be honest here, I don’t think kids under the age of 8 should be on this hike unless they are well seasoned in hiking. I saw “kid friendly” up there thinking I could take my children on this trail and I have to disagree with the “kid friendly”. That is unless you want to have a mini heart attack every time your kid slips on the rocks. It gets super slippery and muddy after the rains and you can see from the terrain that it’s like this a lot. The hike itself is rocky and muddy all the way down but not too hard to do. Once you are down on the beach you will be rewarded with an amazing scene right of the movies. Will definitely be hiking this every time we visit the island.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible view of valleys and waterfalls at the bottom. Was muddy & a little slippery going down and back up ...had to take breaks.

Great views and well maintained trail. We had heavy rain on the way back and it didn’t slow things down; plenty of traction.

3 months ago

A big Island must as the views are spectacular! You can keep going across the beach, back up the second shelf and beyond, but it's definitely a workout!

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning!

Unbelievable views and black sand beach was incredible.

hiking
3 months ago

Pas vraiment une rando. C’est juste une descente à la plage, mais c’est qu’il frit remonter

We followed the trail to the nest valley and it was amazing

It was great. It is hard but worth the view.

I could see how it may be slick if wet, otherwise a fairly easy hike. Almost like stairs for the whole trail. Scenery was amazing a good hike for kids as it is short.

on Pololu Trail

3 months ago

Breathtaking! A bit of a slope but definitely doable. Use a hiking stick on the way down if you are not used to relatively steep inclines as when it rains it gets a bit slippery.

hiking
4 months ago

More easy then moderate. You'll see a lot of people go for a quick jog with some equipment on. Great views and the black-sand beach is awesome. Watch out for the waves in the water, there is some serious undertow. A lot of the area around the beach is private property. So if you decide to go on the swings and other things like that, you are essentially trespassing.

Only did 5.23 miles because we lacked time to do more but I highly recommend it. Extremely steep so not accessible to everyone.

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