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we took the path to the golf course and it was a beautiful view back to the Bay. We walked around the hotel past the infinity pool and then went to follow the shoreline access sign, however it had been grown in with plants and guinea grass and was inaccessible to get down to the beach. Watch out because it drops off and if you miss step you will fall down the edge.

The view at the bottom of the falls is definitely worth the short but very slippery hike. This hike can be potentially dangerous in rainy conditions. If you are not an experienced hiker, don’t want to get muddy, or are not in the best of shape I would not recommend this hike. Technically they have the trail fenced off with numerous postings of ‘trail closings’, but if you really want to experience the essence and power of the falls, you need to trek down to the base of the falls because the overgrown lookout point doesn’t even do the falls justice. If you attempt this hike, make sure you are extremely sure footed and you know your skill level.

Quick and easy hike if you have microspikes/crampons. Park at the end of the road. Follow the fence until there is an opening. from there, you can hug the fence from the inside going left, where you will eventually see the start to the trail (this is the way we came back up). Another way down (this is what we did) was following the path you see once the fence opens up. The hike down is quick, maybe 15 minutes. Some ropes to help you out, but focus on grabbing hard roots. I swam around the waterfall, but fair warning rocks are slippery so go slow, and ideally wear water shoes (switch into them when you are at the water). You can also get behind the waterfall. amazing. Spotted several rainbows while hanging out near the waterfall for a good 45 minutes. Today saw about 10-12 people in multiple groups coming in and out of the bottom. Not sure why this trail is marked closed. Must do!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is not moderate. It Hard AF!!! If you can’t pull yourself up a rope on a slope as slippery as boiled witch guts, don’t do this hike. If you can, DO IT!!! The view from the bottom is amazing. 100,000% better than from the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Ok so, you can’t access this trail legally, my mom did the fall trail the day before without any problem (just said it was slippery and steep). However when we tried to go we got threats from a local tour guide that he would call the cops if we went down (which is apparently a $1000 fine). Either way my mom said it was breathtaking and worth it, but that’s if you can afford the risk of a fine. The signs say the trail is closed but nothing about a trespassing fine or it being illegal to access. There were about 7 people down there when we were trying to go down.

Short hike, slippery , but plenty of roots and tree to help you defend and climb back up. Spectacular waterfall.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail after the rain, there are two paths to go down, just make sure you do the one thats a bit safer. it was very difficult going down because it was steep and slippery, but going up was a breeze because you have better balance in general. there was a rope that you can hang onto to go down, but still slippery as hell. but after all that, it was definitely worth the hike!( or like a slide down)

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was super fun. Be careful as there are two ways to get down to the waterfall (one of which is substantially harder- make sure you go to the entrance that is further from the waterfall). There are ropes set up to help you down, as well as many tree roots. Can be slippery and muddy, especially if it has just rained. The view at the bottom is completely worth all the effort getting down!

Awesome! Just do it!

Absolutely worth the trek! I went down in bare feet and up wit shoes on - it is extremely slippery and very steep. Also, you can get ticketed and fined as the trail is marked closed - do not enter. If you are feeling ballsy then go for it - the views at the end are amazingly ng and the falls are a nice treat to cool off before heading back up. Warning - ropes are NOT stable and can break at any moment so try not to use the rope for leverage.

I didn’t do the hike. Saw a group of 6 arguing with the police and getting ticketed at the top of the trail.

rock climbing
3 months ago

It has been very rainy and after watching many people approach the trail and head back, we went for it anyway (much to my anxious hubby’s dismay!) The trek down was slippery and harrowing, but the breathtaking prize at the bottom was worth every mud encrusted fingernail!
Be brave, you only live once and this journey made me teary-eyed at the beauty and the simple strength of the human spirit to do those things which others only dream of! Mahalo!

hiking
3 months ago

it was great bring bathing suit

THIS IS A CLIMB! If you do not have good balance or cannot lift yourself this is not the hike for you! Do wear shoes with great grip and clothes you aren’t afraid of getting dirty. This is a very popular hike so don’t be afraid of the trespassing signs, many locals do this hike. It’s definitely only .5 miles long but it makes you work for the view at the end. Gorgeous waterfall and chilly water, if you plant your feet and trust yourself I would recommend this hike!

hiking
3 months ago

if you go down the trail beware that it is a misdemeanor with a $1000 fine plus a mandatory court appearance.

I got sick as soon as I got to the island and was still dealing with chest congestion when we did this hike. It was moderately demanding on the way out, but only because my lungs were heavy. Walk down til the green 6’ tall fence ends. Enter behind it and walk back towards the falls about 20 yards until you see a worn path with ropes. This is by far the easiest route in and out. There are other more difficult routes that will require a significant amount of climbing and upper body strength, but I would rate this route borderline moderate. I wore Vibrams and my fiancé wore water shoes. We had more issues with footing once we got to the falls than we did on the trek down. The short hike allowed me to cross one more thing off the bucket list. The falls were beautiful. The water was a bit murky and brisk, but very swimmable. Don’t get too close to the falls while in the water as the currents can pull a good swimmer under the falls. You can access the falls by either swimming across the left side of the lagoon or walking a rocky but manageable path around the left side of the lagoon. Don’t be tempted to walk across the giant log...jump over it and there is a narrow walking path behind it. Make sure you take something to protect you phone and camera or any other electronics. Anything you take in this area will get wet. As I stated before, take the same route out you took in. The ascent is much easier than the descent. Use the ropes and limbs to help stabilize yourself and tree roots and rocks for good footing. Enjoy your trip!

hiking
4 months ago

This hike really isn't that bad. Jump the stone wall where it connects to the fence to the right when looking at the falls. Walk along the fence and pass by another fence until you reach the trail head where you will see a rope to know that you are on the right trail. Parts of the trail were slippery and steep, but plenty of roots to rely on! This hike is definitely worth the view of the falls! Take it at whatever pace you need to get down and you'll be fine! Going back up was a breeze. Don't miss out on this!

hiking
4 months ago

Not as hard and scary as I was expecting. I am by no means an experienced hiker. My wife and I weren’t sure if we were going to do it but we at least wanted to see the falls so we drove over there and parked. To get to the trail head, jump the rock guard rail/wall at the far right and then go 5 more yards to the right, you’ll see the opening. We decided to do it when we saw a couple kids come up wearing sandals and they said it wasn’t all that bad. It’s very wet, muddy, and slippery. If it were completely dry this would be a piece of cake. Just be prepared to slip, use the rope as a guide when available, and take your time placing your feet. If you do that, it won’t be bad at all. Views at the bottom are incredible.

Fun little trail down to the base of the waterfall. Short but fun because it’s very slippery in a lot of spots and pretty steep. There are 2 ways to get down .. one to the right past the danger sign which is longer and harder. There are ropes in spots but still very slippery and you will get dirty. There is another trail down which is towards the left .. ‘this is probably the official trail. You actually have to walk left on the other side of the fence until you reach the trailhead. This is actually much easier to go down and up. Have fun!

This trail is a must! As others have mentioned, it’s not technically a trail. However, make sure you go down the path to the right of the waterfall behind the fence (you will pass two “do not pass” signs) and only start the descent when you see what looks like a natural staircase with small ropes. Don’t descend down any other way! We initially started down the wrong path and it was terrifying. The actual path (with the ropes) isn’t too bad as long as you use the ropes, vines, and trees to make your way down. Bring good hiking shoes because it’s extremely slippery and muddy. The way up is much easier than the way down. The descent is worth the beautiful waterfall below! The scenery is amazing! You can swim and even walk behind the waterfall if you’d like. One of my favorite hikes in Kauai!

hiking
4 months ago

This trail was short but very challenging. Lots of running water and mud make footing slippery and requires great attention going down. There are some ropes to help along the way, but you are mostly reliant upon trees, root and branches to control your descent. However, the reward is at the falls with a beautiful, cool pool and great swimming. You can even rock scramble behind the falls if you want get even more wet!

Although still challenging, the way back for me was simpler and I felt more confident with footing. Again, some parts and straight up and require the use of roots and ropes to pull yourself up. If you cannot pull your own weight you may want to reconsider this hike.

Read stories of being ticketed for going down here - I saw no such thing. Rather, a police helicopter made a couple of appearances and a fireman with medical kit was hanging around the swimming pool. Overall, a super cool adventure that all who are capable should do.

hiking
4 months ago

Was harder than I thought it would be because of how steep and slippery it was, but it did just rain a few hours before. Definitely a workout but worth it once you get to the bottom. Swimming at the bottom of the waterfall was rewarding.

The trail is pretty gnarly when it’s wet. Going down is scary but there are so many roots and ropes to grab onto! The falls were too intense to swim in today but I imagine they’d be so fun to swim in when there hasn’t been rain for a while. If you are in shape you can do this if not don’t even try lol! Don’t wear flip flops!!!!! Chacos, keens, or hiking boots will work.

hiking
5 months ago

Warning signs all over. We hopped the stone wall that meets with the fencing (if facing waterfall it’s to your right). There were three different paths down, highly recommend the middle. We had went down the middle path and came back up on the last path. The last path was the hardest compared to the middle path (we listened to other onlookers who told us otherwise). The devil is a liar! One of our hiking members had to get rescued by Kauai Fire Rescue because of the challenges faced on this hike. So be careful and if you feel that it’s too steep just stay behind and enjoy the view from the top. Definitely recommend using hiking boots or shoes with some type of gripping. Use the roots, trees, rocks and rope to assist with hiking down/up due to slippery conditions (take your time). Seen lots of broken slippers and shoes at the bottom of trail. Enjoy!

hiking
5 months ago

This was the first thing we did when we got off our Plane in Lihue. If you’re feeling adventurous and up for a little challenge, I would recommend hiking down to the base of the falls. The path down is muddy and steep but the view is 100% worth the mud splattered clothing. It’s spectacular!

Amazing waterfall. you must purchase the off road expedition at kipu ranch in order to see it.

hiking
5 months ago

If you're only going to see the falls from the top, enjoy the rest of your trip at your resort. Now for the rest of you! Go to the bottom of the falls! The view from above sucks compared to the view from the bottom! You must hop over the stone wall, or fence. (on the right side) It seems very illegal and all but it's not. If it is, it is very tolerated lol. If there is no one down in the falls, don't be intimidated! The hike down is crazy and may seem very risky and dangerous to some, but if you just take your time and find some grasping and are down to get a little muddy you'll be fine. You can wash yourself when you get down. Do not rely on the ropes when going down or up. If you are going to use them though, make sure you're using them one person at a time. I would say the hardest part is walking into the water area as it is very rocky and slippery. It is better to crawl into the water and out of the water. Hope this helps some of you! Definitely a lifetime experience.

hiking
5 months ago

Come early because parking is limited. This hike is ridiculous! But so worth it. Like everyone says, the hike is technically "illegal" but it's more of a guideline and hundreds of people complete the hike daily. Swimming at the bottom of the falls is a must do. Seeing the falls from the overlook just doesn't do it justice. I watched a husband and wife complete the hike up and down the steep walls with their three kids (of which the oldest was maybe 5). This hike is must easier if you have hiking boots although some individuals were barefoot or in sandals. Plan on swimming once you've made it to the falls! It's really a unique experience.

There was also a local man with one tooth and pet pig weaving baskets nearby. He's an interesting character to talk to!

Such an exciting climb down (you literally rock climb using the earth’s roots, rock formations and then even ropes they’ve placed for you to get down). It’s a little dangerous so take your time and don’t rush, especially if muddy and slippery. This hike is technically “illegal” but is soooo worth it. We swam in the most beautiful waterfall with not many people around us - it felt surreal. Go early in the AM to avoid crowds. Lovedddd this hike!

this Trail is accessible buy hopping over the Stonewall where it turns to chain link on the right side when facing the Falls. There are three paths down, the middle path is the least strenuous. it is very Steep and muddy, and there are ropes to assist you in getting down. The payoff is beautiful, as you get to swim in the pool at the bottom of the falls. They say it is illegal so be warned.

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