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

walking
7 hours ago

Worth the 3 miles there and back. Went at 8am and had the beach to ourselves. Left at like 11 and there were wayyy too many people on the beach, walking down, hitching rides and parking. Go early if you want an experience and not a fight for some sand!

Hello, my fiance & I are looking into hiking up the stairs for the first time towards the end of January. If anyone who has experience doing this hike is available to escort & go up with us, we would really appreciate it please email maggie.bishop2010@yahoo.com.

Hello all names Eddie, first off we have not done this hike at all buttt myself and a friend is planning to hike up the stairs and back the down the back way or vice versa this Friday, January the 18th...is there anybody out there with the same plans that at least have done the hike so we can join you please reach out thank you and we will make sure to be there in time ready to tag along lol ... justeddie007@googlemail.com ... again thanks

hiking
12 hours ago

Great hike in Kauai for the amazing vista at the end. Interesting hike in closed in forest until then. PLEASE pick up your toilet paper when you pee in the outdoors. It doesn’t take that much effort. So discouraging to see tp all along the trail!!

Great trail to hike. Nice gradual incline.

Hiked January 2019,
This was a great trail. It started off a little sketchy just because you have to enter the trail in the back of government property complete with construction workers and warning signs telling you not to enter. There are probably a number of ways to reach the top, but I’m sure if you follow the actual river coming from the water fall you won’t miss it.
It’s pretty dog friendly and off of the beaten path so it makes good for a cool evening stroll.

This hike is spectacular! As middle-aged, active people, this hike wasn’t ‘difficult ‘ ; however, we went on a dry day. If it is raining or has recently rained, it can be challenging. We went past the railing at the end of the trail; had it been wet, we wouldn’t risk it. We’re constantly overcoming our fear of heights, so venturing down to the plateau was a big step. There is an even more precarious end and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND GOING OUT THERE! The view of the valley, the coastline, the ocean will be imprinted in your minds and hearts forever. Casually walking and an hour stop at the end made our trip total, 4.5 hours.

Nice afternoon hike. I wouldn't rate it hard, rather moderate. The view from the top was great!

Amazing views of valley and 2 waterfalls (one from the top). Don’t worry about the mud. As of yesterday the mud trail has dried and solidified into a perfect hiking surface. Had no trouble even with my heavily worn Crocs. The only slippery areas are where it dried out too much resulting in loose dirt, particularly at the slope descending from the vista. Avoid those loose dirt areas and stay on the hardened mud and you will be fine. Just past the vista, take the final loop clockwise as there is a very steep section on the right fork. Can always double back if too steep for you.

hiking
18 hours ago

We parked on residential Nawiliwili St off of Highway 72 and took the shortcut up to the trail. You’ll find the shortcut after the last house on the right side, where there’s also a large grate, a drainage ditch, and a street sign that says Begin Centerline Rumble Strip.

After reaching the paved trail, turn right and head uphill awhile. You’ll eventually pass two different wide dirt areas (basically old lava flows) to the left that lead down the hill (before you reach the end of the paved road). Don’t forget this is a loop trail, so it doesn’t matter which path you go down first - just head down and hug the ocean all the way around Koko Head and you’ll loop back up to the paved trail. The dirt paths are a little slippery and steep so watch your footing!

Absolutely gorgeous views the entire way!

CRAZY MUDDY too slippery to continue had to turn around

Unexciting path leading to stunning vista!

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!

hiking
1 day ago

Loved this hike so much! It is steep and slippery at times, even in the heat of the day. I just hiked to the first peak and it was beautiful! Very buggy, wear bug spray.

Lost Garmin watch.
Reward if found.

Beautiful, challenging, slippery, and a grind. Did it one year ago. I am in my 60s and trained. It was an excellent challenge, every step requires focus. You will be present or else.....

Started out only to find it closed. Repairs from mud slide.

Grueling as a day trip. Break it up over a few days and camp while you’re in the valley. Pack light with lots of water.....

Gorgeous but still very grueling.

hiking
1 day ago

Views are fantastic!! Go beyond white cross the the fence (yes, it’s there, keep going) you won’t regret it. The hike up is a killer (hubby and I are pretty good hikers...hubby called it “stair master 4,000”) and way down goes fast (though we had no rain to deal with or it would have been dangerously slippery). If you want a good workout, this does the trick for sure. We parked just past the almost hidden entrance, up on the grassy part of the right hand side of the road and had no issues.

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!

It’s a great hike with great views! Be sure to take water because it can get very hot.
The hike can be done as an out and back or a loop by continuing past Pillbox #2 and hiking the ridge. The trail will dump you out on Luika Place. CAUTION!!! The trail gets really steep and narrow, the last 1000 feet or so. If it recently rained, forget about going as the trail will get slick and muddy.

I went up on Saturday. it's been pretty clear up top the last few times I went. I have done this hike many times. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this weekend the legal backway. I have some clean up to do up there.
In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
If interested send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com for details. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food.

I went up on Saturday. it's been pretty clear up top the last few times I went. I have done this hike many times. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this weekend this legal backway. I have some clean up to do up there.
In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
If interested send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com for details. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food.

on Makaleha Hike

hiking
1 day 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).

Completed this hike 3 days ago with my mom! So proud of us.

This is not an easy hike! Several older hikers had to turn back. AllTrails has a tendency to underestimate the hikes. The falls at the top are tall but not too much water. It’s not Yosemite falls. You’re not suppose to go in the small pool at the bottom of the falls. Lots of steps to the top make it strenuous. When it’s flat then it’s easy. Very slippery and muddy because the trail is in shadow.

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!!

Awesome hike. Beautiful views of the south shore, Surrounding mountains and local whales and turtles.
Volcanic rock, packed soil and sand along this trail.
Enjoy

hiking
1 day ago

It is a great hike that gives you an amazing view of Waimānalo and if you look back you can see town. Bring water because it can get hot if it is a sunny day. When you get close to the top there isn’t as much shade also.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice, well maintained trail but very muddy towards the end. Recommend clocking your milage because you can walk for over a mile and not see anyone. Also, recommend not starting later than 4 pm as there are places the trail gets very dark due to the wooded areas

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