Hey all you hikers! I just hiked two of Kauai's better known trails: the Kalalau Trail to the waterfall (8 miles RT located in north Kauai at the end of the road) and the Nualolo-Awa'awapuhi Loop trail (9+ miles RT located in Kokee Park on the west side of the island). Both hikes were awesome but included some pretty steep terrain. The Kalalau trail was very muddy and very slippery and involves several stream crossings so I was glad I had my hiking poles with me. The waterfall is spectacular as is the swimming hole below the falls (You must plan on swimming under the falls.) This trek took me (female,mid-50s, 40 lb. overweight but reasonably good hiker) about 5 hours to complete. The Nualolo Trail takes you out to a fantastic lookout over the NaPali coast, then you take the Nualolo Cliffs trail across to connect to the Awa'awapuhi Trail, head out to the lookout, then back up the trail to the road. Hitchhike or walk about a mile and a half back to your car. Don't let warnings about the Nualolo Cliff Trail scare you off - there is nothing scary or unsafe about it. I really enjoyed both of these hikes but got pretty pooped out after the Loop hike which took me about 6 hours to complete. I look forward to doing more hiking on my next visit to Kauai. My best tip: Bring your hiking poles! I'm sure I would have slipped without them. Contact me if you have any questions.