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Hanakapiai Falls

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Address: Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI
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Must do hike.

Bring your snorkel and mask! Bring your swimsuit. Expect a wet mudddy slog. Well worth it! Best with at least one friend.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bring your snorkel and mask! Bring your swimsuit. Expect a wet mudddy slog. Well worth it! Best with at least one friend.

Thank trugrit01
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's 2 miles to Hanakapiai Beach (also gorgeous and worth it, the path has stunning views of the Na Pali Coast and the beach has lots of cool cairns made by fellow travelers) and 2 more miles to the falls, 8 miles round trip. However, there's significant elevation gain and loss and a lot of the path is slippery. Do... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful hike to the waterfall. We somehow hiked 10 miles and we averaged 2 miles per hour, so from car back to car it took us 5 hours. We are in shape with now injuries that cause us to slow down but we did take time to stop and enjoy the views. Wear bug spray.

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Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is by far one of the most beautiful hikes that we've done. My husband and I did the hike to the falls and back (8 miles total) in about 5 hours, including a lunch break and lots of picture stops. To us, it wasn't the most strenuous hike we've ever done. The "hardest" part was more of the agility/scrambling... More 

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Linz, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Hiking along the river is just great. Some parts (especially when crossing the river multiple times) are quite challenging, overall you should be fit and have some hiking practise. Calculate a full day for this tour from the Kalalau Trail entry and back.

Thank markus11austria
Kauai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Hanakapiai Falls hike is difficult it is 8 miles round trip, allow 6-8 hours. You cross streams and a river, can be dangerous depending on rain/ flash floods. If you time it right the trip is well worth the effort, amazing views of a spectacular waterfall!

Thank Alohabobby
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

We had a really great day trekking here! Not too strenuous but then we are experienced hikers. Fun times wading through the waters and scrambling up slippy clay like passes. Absolutely stunning scenery the whole way. The freezing dip at the falls is shocking but has to be done! I feel like we went through all seasons in a day... More 

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Honestly, it's wasn't any easy hike for us but the views and scenery made up for the obstacles. Make sure you get there early to get a parking spot and time to relax and take everything around you. You won't be disappointed, maybe sore but not too bad :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

We started our hike at 10:45. The "Ranger" dude at the trailhead asked us where we planned on hiking to. When we told him "the falls", he said we'll be hiking in the dark. Not so. We did the hike to the river a year ago so we didn't need to stop and take pics at all the awesome vistas... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This hike is one of our favs. It is anything but secluded when you start at the end of the road as there are too many cars for the limited parking. Get there early because if you park on the road you'll get a ticket even though signs are not visible. Definite Kauai income source. The hike is not for... More 

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