Hike to the Base of Wailua Falls

Hawaii Wailua Falls

Added by Kyle Szegedi

Take a short hike to this amazing Kauai waterfall (173 ft) with beautiful views from the base. This is a fun excursion for the adventurous – no maintained trail.

The short, makeshift hike to the falls is well worth the effort – this is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the island of Kauai.

Look for a small path at the south end of the parking lot. You will have to hop over a cement barrier that is about chest high (there is no sign marking this area as off-limits).

The path down is very steep, and has ropes tied to the trees to help you navigate down to the bottom. Definitely come during dry weather, as the trail will be very muddy and difficult to navigate, otherwise.

Pack List

  • Good hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Backpack
  • DSLR Camera
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

150 Feet



Easy Parking
Swimming Hole

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How to Get There

about 2 months ago

It is illegal to hike now

Unfortunately there are signs that state no trespassing at all the entrances to the trails. there are two ways down now, I went to the opposite end of the parking lot (just before the falls) at the end of the fence and hopped the guard rail and fallowed the spine down. There are ropes there to help you and the vines hanging down from the tree are strong enough to hold a grown mans weight. This way is the less muddy way. The other way down is hop the guard rail and go left and you'll find the trail which also has ropes on it. You're out of view from people up top until you get into the water. The water isn't cold at all and is very refreshing. I would bring bug spray though for the hike down, we got eaten alive!!

about 2 months ago

Added by Kyle Szegedi

Student of photography and videography. Currently residing in Bellingham, Wa. Check out my website www.kyleszegediphoto.com to see some more of my work!

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