Kaua’i is well-known for its hiking trails and breathtaking views. The following list covers all the basics of the island hikes.
Waimea Canyon, the 3,000-foot-deep heart of Koke’e State Park, is a leading hiking experience. One trail at the canyon finishes at an 800-foot waterfall, and even though strenuous, the hike will offer visitors with solitude and sights of mysterious forest vegetation.
If paddling through a muddy upland swamp seems like fun for you, try the Alaka’i Swamp trail in Koke’e State Park. The swamp is actually a mountain rainforest climbing 4,000-4,500 feet above sea level. It’s a bird-lover’s heaven that landscapes a trail.
If you are looking for long hike, you might try the 6 miles beyond Waipo’o Falls to the Canyon and Kumuwela trails. It’s better to start this trip early in the day to guarantee a daylight come back to your car.
Okolehau Trail near Hanalei is a beloved of numerous experienced hikers. This 2.25-mile hike starts at the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge and ends at a top 1,200 feet up in the Halele’a Forest Reserve. To get there you have to go past Princeville and turn left after you cross the Hanalei Bridge. Sleeping Giant and Powerline Trail in Wailua are other favorites.
The 22-mile roundtrip Kalalau Trail—is an endurance trek along the spectacular Na Pali Coast. Most of the travelers prefer a 4-mile roundtrip to Hanakapi’ai Valley, which is actually just the first lap of the trail. By the time you reach the white-sand beach, you will cross a stream, do some tough hiking and enjoy at wonderful views. If your can, go for another 2 miles to Hanakapi’ai Falls. You’ll be pleased with a pool below a 300-foot flowing waterfall.
Keep in mind that Kaua’i’s landscape is crumbly, and rain can produce treacherous conditions on any trail.
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