Kauai Hiking Trails
Kauai Hiking will surprise you. Kauai is a small volcanic island with an abundance of natural wonders just waiting for you to to explore. Hike the rain forest of Kokee, the bogs of the Alakai swamp and the hanging valleys of the Napali Coast. Kauai hiking trails offers hundreds of trail choices for every level of experience. Hike Kauai Trails and connect with nature. It won't take long to realize that Kauai is a hikers paradise waiting to be explored.
Location: West Side, Kokee State Park Awaawapuhi Trail
The Awaawapuhi Trail will take you on an ultimate journey as you descend from 4,120 feet elevation in the Kokee State Park to the valley rim of Nualolo and Awaawapuhi valleys at 2,500 feet.
Location: North Shore, Haena Hanakapiai Trail
The hike to Hanakapiai is one of the most beautiful hiking trails in all Hawaii, weave along two miles of the famous Na Pali coast.The hike to Hanakapiai beach is by far one of the most beautiful trails in all Hawaii. The first two mil
Location: North Shore, Napali Coast Kalalau Trail
Kalalau is famous for its breathtaking beauty, hanging valleys and jagged emeald green cliffs. Hike through lush valleys, forge up steep inclines of jagged sea cliffs, cool off in cool mountain streams and drop back to sea level on the beach of Kalalau.
Location: East Side, Keahua Arboretum Kuilau Ridge Trail
Kuilau Ridge Trail is a great walk for enjoying the many species of plant life on Kauai as well as amazing panoramas of Makaleha Mountains. Enjoy an easy hike through a forested area with beautiful views of Kauai's interior.
Location: West Side, Kokee State Park Kukui Trail
The Kukui Trail is is found at the beginning of the Iliau Nature Loop Trail. As you follow the Kukui Trail into Waimea Canyon, along the first mile you will be treated to two amazing opportunities for photos, each with a bench to rest your feet.
Location: South Shore, Poipu Mahaulepu Heritage Coastal Trail
Mahaulepu is a special part of Kauai History Heritage site and the last stretch of accessible coastline on the south shore that has not been developed. Explore sink holes, lime-stone formations, blow holes and wildlife along this 2 mile coastline trail.
Location: East Side, Wailua Moalepe Trail
The Moalepe Trail on the East Side of Kauai offers wonderful views of the Makaleha jagged green ridges and far off ocean views. The trail-head is at the end of the pavement on Olohena Road in the upper Wailua Homesteads.
Location: East Side, Wailua Houselots Nounou East Sleeping Giant Trail
The Nounou East trail is lined with flowering low lined shrubs compared to the shady forested side of the West Kuamoo Trail off Hwy 580. The east side trail will meet up with great views of the entire East Side of Kauai with mountain and ocean panoramas.
Location: East Side, Wailua Homesteads Nounou Kuamoo Sleeping Giant
This trail is a favorite hike that will lead you over the Opaekaa Stream across a quaint wooden bridge and through a forest of strawberry guavas. For a quick hike and nice picnic area you can stop at the covered picnic table at the .75 mile.
Location: East Side, Wailua Homesteads Nounou West Sleeping Giant Trail
The west trail of the Sleeping Giant is mostly shaded. Starting from a rural neighborhood in the Wailua Homesteads the trail winds through groves of pines to the top for a spectacular 360 degree view of the east side of Kauai.
Location: North Shore, Hanalei Valley Okolehao Trail Hanalei Bay Lookout
This hike's steady incline will reward you with captivating views of Hanalei Bay, verdant valleys, Bali Hai, Kilauea Lighthouse and the beginning of the Napali Coast.
Location: West Side, Kokee State Park Pihea Trail - Alakai Swamp
The Pihea trail also known as the Alakai Swamp trail. Cross over bogs on a wooden boardwalk along the swamp.
Location: North Shore, Kapa Ka Street Powerline Trail
This spectacular yet difficult trail can be accessed from either the North Shore or the upper East Side in Wailua. The hike literally cuts through the island and is usually done as a one way with a pick up on the other end.
Location: West Side, Waimea Canyon Dr Waimea Canyon Trail
This trail descends into a forested trail that will leed you to the canyons edge. Part of the Canyon Cliff trail.
Location: West Side, Kokee State Park Waipoo Falls Waimea Canyon
You won’t be disappointed by this lovely hike that starts off amongst the forested bird-lands on the rim of Halemanu Canyon. The beginning of this trail will take you along the .75 mile Halemanu Road to the trail head of the canyon trail and Waipoo Falls
Hiking on Kauai gives you an opportunity to explore areas that are inaccessible by car and allows you to experience a tranquility and peaceful part of our natural environment. There are hundreds of hiking trails on Kauai with every level of difficulty. Explore flora and fauna unique to this Pacific Island and the many varieties of native plants and animals, that make Kauai forest and valleys their home.
Kauai's hiking trails are an important part of Hawaiian culture and history. As you hike along some of Kauai's historical trails you will find yourself amongst historic and archeological sites. It is important to preserve and respect these areas as well as stay safe while exploring.
Heading into Kauai's interior and remote terrain offers dome of the most beautiful backdrops on the world. By doing a little planning and being prepared you will make your hiking trip one of your best Kauai experiences.
Always tell someone where you are hiking (name and location of trail) you plan to hike and when you plan on returning. It is best to take a partner and be informed about the trail that you pick and study the route before you set off.
When hiking it is important to stay hydrated. Do not wait until you start feeling thirsty to start replacing lost fluid. By the time you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Your body can absorb only about one quart of fluid per hour. Drink one-half to one full quart of water or sports drink each and every hour you are hiking in the heat. Carry your water bottle in your hand and drink small amounts often. Make sure if you are drinking water from any streams or fresh water sources you purify your water with a purifier is certified to filter microbial leptosporosis or giardia (not all do).
Eating is equally important to both day hikers and overnight backpackers. Carry high-energy, salty snacks as well as meals. The hike out is much easier when you provide your body with enough calories to support the extreme physical activity you are engaged in.
Check the weather before you set off on your hike. Kauai Weather Forecast
It is important to know that cuts in tropical climates should be monitored closely. Don not expose open wounds or cuts to river water. Open cuts are highly susceptible to infection that can set in rapidly (one of the most dangerous infections being leptosporosis and one of the most common being staphylococcus or "staph"). It is important not to let an infected wound go untreated.
There are a variety of footwear options to choose from. The best advise is to wear what is comfortable for you. Do not break in new shoes along a hiking trail.
Wear Proper Clothing - Dress in layers so you can protect your skin from the tropical sun. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended. It is always a good idea to have a light rain jacket. Kauai weather changers quickly.