There have been numerous reports of deaths and injuries on the trail over the years. In 2012, a woman fell to her death near a beach waterfall and a man was critically injured after being pushed off a cliff (which, to be fair, was not entirely the fault of the trail’s treachery; the man who pushed him was ultimately sentenced to prison for second-degree murder).
The next year, a woman drowned while trying to cross a stream during a flash flood. And in 2015, a hiker died after falling 50 feet onto rocks.
And that’s to say nothing of the 100-plus people who have died while swimming the turbulent waters of the trail’s beaches.
It’s recommended that you check the weather conditions before hitting the trail, and that you always travel with at least one other person in case you need to be rescued (cell phone service is limited and there are no available emergency services).
It’s also probably best to avoid swimming the beaches entirely.