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Hanakapi'ai Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.7 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
83% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 705' 215 m
Descent: -19' -6 m
High: 757' 231 m
Low: 71' 22 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

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Amazing waterfall accessed from the Kalalau Trail

Bill Hilf

Features Views · Waterfall

Check local weather, access to this trail often closed due to flooding. Pay close attention to the flash flood warnings - they are no joke here. Dangerous shorebreak and riptides at Hanakapi`ai beach - use extreme caution (don't go into the ocean at this beach).

Need to Know

Notice: As of June 2019, advance reservations are now required for all vehicles, walk-in entry, and shuttle riders visiting Hāʻena State Park, as well as for day hikers accessing the Kalalau Trail. Plan your trip accordingly. Reservations may be may be made up to 30 days in advance, and no later than the day before your visit. For day permits and information go to: gohaena.com.
If parking to hike the Hanakapi'ai trail, it is recommended to get a morning and afternoon parking pass.

Four creek crossings; fairly easy to navigate, but be careful of the force of the flowing stream. You can swim in the pool at the falls; but watch for falling rocks near the falls (we saw them fall!) Main Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach can get crowded with tourists hiking, so suggest to get an early start.

Runner Notes

Frequent rains, so slippery rocks and a couple river crossings, but easy crossing with suspension rope for stability. A few significant grades greater than 15%

Description

A beautiful trail off of the Kalalau Trail leading to the 300 foot tall Hanakapi'ai Falls. The trail here can be very slippery, narrow and steep, but the scenery and views are definitely worth it. It will require an occasional scramble. You'll feel like you are running through Jurassic Park! The creek crossings are straightforward, but be cautious of the flash flood warnings and use the suspension rope to balance.

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Enough said...
Aug 3, 2016 near Princev…, HI
Hanakapia'i Falls
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI
Hanakapia'i Beach - with the restrictions and permits after reopening in Jun 2019 the beach is completely vacant when we arrived - a rare occurrence
Aug 17, 2019 near Princev…, HI
First view of falls
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI
Wild Flowers along stream
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI
View of the ridge above the stream
Aug 7, 2019 near Princev…, HI

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