Kauai Hiking Adventures

Northshore

Napali Coast –

Hanakapiai

We offer a moderate four mile roundtrip hike to the beach or an eight mile roundtrip hike to a gorgeous waterfall. The trail to Hanakapiai beach, where you will find a lush river valley, is one of the most beautiful trails in all Hawaii. The first two miles of the Napali Coast trail is breathtaking. The trail climbs steadily for the first mile to an elevation of 400 feet. With sweeping views of the Napali coastline and an aerial view of Kee beach and the coral reef that creates the protective lagoon at Kee beach.

Kalalau Valley

An extremely strenuous, twenty two mile round trip hiking adventure, that leaves you breathless. The hike to Kalalau is both breathtaking and challenging as you weave in and out of valleys up and down skirting the edge of cliffs that drop off into the ocean below. The trail was used by the Hawaiians who lived in Kalalau Valley and other valleys along the Napali coastline. The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to the Napali Coast on Kauai. Kalalau valley is one of the most epic places on the earth, an adult play ground with water falls, swimming pools, sea caves and sacred sites.

Okolehao

A strenuous five mile round trip hike considered a great workout as you climb to 1,250 foot elevation. The trek is well worth it and you will be rewarded with captivating views of Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Valley, Makana, Kilauea Lighthouse, and the Napali Coast.

Powerline Trail

A strenuous thirteen mile hike each way. The Power line Trail is known for being a spectacular yet difficult trail. It can be accessed from either the North Shore or on the east side in Wailua. The hike literally cuts through the island and gives you incredible views of the island’s tropical interior landscape, as well as distant sweeping ocean views.

East side of the Island

Nounou Sleeping Giant

This moderate four mile round trip known as the “Sleeping Giant Trail” is named for its shape – a giant’s profile lying down. The hike to the top takes you across the chest of the Sleeping Giant. The trail is pristine, with a beautiful forest and fantastic panoramic views of Kauai.

Makaleha

Five and a half mile round trip moderate hike. One of my favorite island jungle walks, leading to a beautiful waterfall swimming hole. The trail meanders along the stream through lush vegetation as you head towards the falls.

Opihi Falls

Three waterfalls are on this breathtaking excursion. An eye-catching short hike to the first waterfall, then off to the second waterfall, where the forest gets even more magnificent on the way. The third waterfall most people don’t make it to that is remarkable.

Waialeale – Blue Hole

This is defiantly one of the most extreme kick your but trails on Kauai. This trail is for the strong and courageous. It is recommended to bring tabias and hiking poles as you are meandering and bouldering through the river most of the way. Waialeale is one of the most sacred places on Kauai. The Wailua Headwaters is the spiritual womb of the island and people should only venture there with a clear intent of prayer.

Waimea –

Koaie Canyon

The Koaie Trail is an extension of the Kukui Trail. This trail begins around a half mile up the Waimea River from the bottom of Kukui Trail. It takes you on a route along the south side of Koaie Canyon, with stunning scenery, fantastic wildlife, and fabulous swimming holes.

Kokee –

Awaapuhi Nualolo

A seven mile moderate trek in and out, or an eight and a half mile hike to Nualolo trailhead. The most ultimate journey as you ascend from the 4,120 feet elevation in Kokee State Park to the valley rim of Nualolo and Awa’awapuhi valleys at 2,500 feet. The trail will lead you through rain forest to some of the most awe inspiring vistas of the Napali Coast. Awa’awapuhi Trail is a continual downhill hike from the trail head to the grassy clearing overlooking the valleys, and uphill climb on the way back.

Hanapu Ridge

This trail is one of Kokee’s hidden gems on a road less travelled. Travelling three miles to epic views of the napali coast and hanapu valley, you can see Kalalau beach and Hanakapiai beach from there. There is a wondrous camp spot on the ridge were drangonflys dance and mist from the valley ascends up the mountain. In this place it feels as if you have found heaven on earth.

Alakai Swamp Trail

The Alakai Swamp is the highest elevated swamp in the world and the weather is a big factor in being able to have a clear view from Kilohana Lookout at the end. The weather moves in quickly and can change sporadically, so when you reach the end make sure to stay awhile and you might just experience one of those rare days when Wainiha Valley, Hanalei Bay and the sweeping views as far as Kilauea Lighthouse, will be part of the experience.

Pihea

This is a moderate eight mile round trip journey. At the beginning of the trail you will find yourself perched on a land bridge straddling 4,000 feet above the Kalalau Valley floor and the Alakai Swamp, with inland views stretching to Mount Waialeale, “The Wettest Spot on Earth”.

 

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