Kauai Hiking Trails

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Kalalau Trail

The Kalalau Hiking Trail, located on the north shore of Kauai, provides experienced hikers an eleven-mile arduous trek. The first two miles of this hike is the only way to access the Napali Coast by land.

A camping permit (for Napali Coast State Wilderness Park) is required to traveling beyond Hanakapi’ai Valley, regardless of if you plan on camping (purchase it well in advance of your trip, as they’re in high demand and can sell out a year ahead of time).

Two miles past the valley, you’ll be rewarded with a marvelous view of a 120-foot waterfall. Beyond this point, the trail becomes steep as you literally climb 800 feet out of Hannakapi’ai Valley. During this portion of the trail, you’ll cross the Hono o Na Pali Natural Area Reserve as you enter the Hanakoa Valley. Near the Hanakoa Stream crossing, you’ll have access to a covered rest area and a terrific view of the stream rushing out into the ocean many feet below. The remaining five miles contains jagged sea cliffs which can be challenging.

Awaawapuhi Trail

The Awaawaphui hiking trail spans just over three miles from Kokee State Park into the Awa’awapuhi valley. Rain forests, birds, moderately tricky terrain, and a magnificent view of vistas on the Napali Coast provides hours of enjoyment as the trek continuously proceeds downhill.

Upon completing three miles of the hike, participants will have the option of taking Nualolo Cliff trail which leads back to a roadway and adds five miles to your trip. Otherwise, continue forward to the end of the trail and witness spectacular panoramic views and great picnic area.

The Koaie Trail

An entry permit is required for The Koaie Trail. Originating alongside the Waimea River, winding past the south side of Koaie Canyon, featuring camping sites, swimming holes, and majestic views, this trail is not to be missed.

Passing from Puu’ka Pele Forest Reserve into the Kona Forest Reserve, it ends near the Waimea Canyon Trail.

There are numerous Kauai hiking trails which allow you to view fauna, native plants, and animals.

Kuilau Trail

Located on the east side of the island, the Kuilau Trail (2.5 miles long) provides mesmerizing panoramic views of the Makaleha Mountains. Approximately one mile in, hikers can enjoy a picnic table resting point overlooking the grassy valleys of Mount Waialeale and the Makaleha Mountain Range.

Connecting to the Kuilau Trail, hikers have the option to venture eastward toward the Moalepe Trail. Otherwise, hikers will be traversing a wooden footbridge which crosses the Opaekaa Stream.