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“Excellent Afternoon Hike!”
Review of Ho'opi'i Falls

Ranked #51 of 240 things to do in Kauai
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Owner description: One of Kauai's best hiking trails.
Reviewed 25 February 2018

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.

Date of experience: February 2018
4  Thank dsb62
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Reviewed 22 February 2018

We arrived early (first!), so we had no guidance. Somewhere online, we read that the entrance was marked by a yellow gate. The gate is not yellow, just metal. The unmarked parking area is simply off the edge of the road, on dirt, parallel to the road.

The second waterfall is past a sign which denotes private property/no trespassing. The sign has been vandalized. We didn't go past it.

The hike is invigorating, with beautiful interior views of the surrounding jungle landscape, and picturesque natural water features. It's an easy trail until you reach the falls, where the last fifty feet are steep. However, there are trees nearby to hold, and we saw people with children approx. age 7 climbing down slowly and safely.

We saw two people jump from the higher ground at the far side of the falls, into the center, and they were just fine. As someone else noted, there's no way of knowing how deep the water really is (or isn't), so be careful. Getting out of the water requires a little rock climbing, so survey the rocks and plan your exit before you jump.

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank Dallas D
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Reviewed 19 February 2018 via mobile

Walking this trail, I felt like a dinosaur would appear any minute - very prehistoric looking terrain which was very interesting. Notice the man next the the GIANT tree in the first photo.

It was raining just enough to make the trail VERY slippery. As we started, a young mom with a baby on her back was finishing up and was covered head to toe in mud. After putting the baby in the car, she headed back down to the river to clean up.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank psbl
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

We were looking for something to do before our flight left and we only had the morning. THis hike was perfect! It was a 30 minute hike through some slippery terrain, but the many tree roots help keep you on your feet. The falls are lovely and there is room for a picnic or some yoga. The beginning is tough to find because gps can take you too far. Also, the yellow gate many pictures show is gone.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank anjnovotny
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Reviewed 23 January 2018 via mobile

Ok so here’s the deal. Find a spot and try not to slip and die in the mud. The first falls is nice. It’s not a huge falls but it’s beautiful. You can enter the water here. Be warned getting back up requires extreme caution these rocks are more slippery than a divorce attorney. We walked the extra mile at least to the second falls. Once again you wind up on top of a nice waterfall. The rope swing everyone brags about looks like it’s on private property.

So wear hiking boots or sneakers you don’t care about. The water is cold and enter at your own risk cause it’s hard to exit.

Don’t do anything stupid in here. You aren’t getting rescued.

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank bklyn550
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