It was a bit drizzly when we started our hike so it was muddy and slippery (according to the locals it wasn’t too bad). The trail wasn’t as muddy as we got closer to the second fall but the trail also became very steep and you had to maneuver through fallen branches to get down to the base of the 2nd fall. This is not your conventional trail but I guess that’s pretty normal for Kauai.
Yes, there are two falls. The trail to the second fall is not as intuitive. I had to ask people along the way. Both falls are beautiful in its own right but I think the trail itself is stunning. So take it all in. If you are in decent physical shape, I would recommend making it down to the base of the 2nd fall. Please be careful if you decide to use the rope swing as a visitor hurt his foot while we were there. It’s hard to see the rocks from the surface.
I did see people with young children and even baby in carrier, I would not recommend bringing them down to the second fall unless your kid is at least 6 years old and is an experienced/adventurous hiker.
Be sure to wear shoes/water sandals with good grip. Bring a light windbreaker or rain jacket. Saturate yourself with bug repellent. The mosquitoes are no joke here. They will bite you through your pants. I guess I should have sprayed my pants. I ended up with 20+ mosquito bites (even with bug repellent).
Beware of your surrounding. I heard creaking sound up in one of the tree and thought it was just a bird or monkey but it wasn’t. It was the sound of a tree about to snap. 10 seconds later, the tree fell 20 feet away from where I was standing. Be careful. Be aware. This is a natural habitat after all and this kind of things do happen in nature.
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