The first thing you will note, when hiking to any waterfall in Kauai is that because it is known as "The Garden Island", it is lush and green which tells you it rains a lot more than other islands and therefore the trails are MUDDY. Be aware and be prepared. Wear the proper footwear. Most hikers we encountered were in bare feet. But no matter what you wear, the slope will have you slipping and sliding in a few spots and you will be gripping with your toes in others. In the Dry Season it may be OK but the falls will be just a trickle. There was plenty of water flowing during our visit, but the next week they had flash flood warnings and made everyone in low lying areas move to higher grounds. That would have been a site to see. But very tricky to get down to the falls.
When you read the reviews and they say it is a short hike and ok Falls or minimal falls that is usually because they have stopped long before they get to the actual falls with the rope swing. They are not gigantic but they are beautiful. There are many trails that cut to the river and you can walk along the side of the river to the first falls, but that will not get you to the actual falls. You will have to come back and go further down the trail and if you stay beside the river you will get to the top of the 2nd falls. In order to get to the base of the falls, the rope swing and the swimming pond you need to be aware of where you are. You will hear the falls but not see them. there is a fork in the trail that is hard to notice overgrown about 50 yards before the falls. it clearly goes up and around the cliffs you will see at the top of the falls. Take that trail and keep your eyes and ears open. When you hear the falls below you, you will see a few alternative trails that are overgrown as shown in the trail pictures. You are on the right trail and it is worth the twisting and climbing to get down to the base and be able to play in the falls. Don't worry there are plenty of trees and bamboo trunks to hang onto for going down and coming back up. Heading out will take you a couple of hours and going back you will cut the time in half. Allow 2.5 hours overall and you should be good. You can spend more time when you get to the pond. Also make sure you know what the weather is up to as you will be in a flash flood area and any rain will rise up pretty quickly and make the trail that much more difficult to get back on. PARKING. Watch for the hydro Pole that has the sign QUIET on it. That is your entry point. you can park on the street anywhere along that side. It is in a residential neighborhood so PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND QUIET.
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