I had heard about this trail my whole life, and now at 62, my husband and I got the sheer joy of going in the first 2 miles to Hanakapaia Beach, and back. What an experience of Pure Awesomeness! A little muddy that day, but nothing a pair of good shoes and carefulness wouldn't handle. Having grown up partly in Hawaii, I was pretty used to hiking in slippers, but I wouldn't recommend it there. It was okay most of the way, but you just have to be a little more careful in the wet spots. Everything about it was amazing!!! Just something that you'll remember forever. The colors of the water.... the trees, the cool stream, the changing temperature, the feeling of the path beneath your feet... The stuff of dreams!