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  • Features

    Birdwatching, Forrest, Views, Wildlife

  • Difficulty

    Strenuous

The Power line Trail is a spectacular yet difficult trail that can be accessed from either the North Shore or the upper East Side in Wailua. The hike literally cuts through the island and gives you a spectacular view of the islands interior as well as distant sweeping ocean views.

The Power-line Trail from the North Shore starts at Kapa Ka Street, up the road from Princeville Ranch Stables. The beginning of the trail is at the start of a dirt road used to access the electric transmission lines for maintenance, the route follows the eastern boundaries of Halelea Forest Reserve, ending near the Keahua Forestry Arboretum in the upper Wailua area where you can cool off in a mountain fed swimming hole with a rope swing.

This is a dry-weather, all day hike. This hike is not for motor vehicle travel beyond the paved road. Access from the southern end is possible from the Keahua Forestry Arboretum.

The trail system is NOT maintained.

Hiking Tips

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.

  • Hiking Plan Always tell someone where you are hiking (name and location of trail) you plan to hike and when you plan on returning.
  • Water  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).
  • Food  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.
  • Weather Check the weather before you set off on your hike. Kauai Weather Forecast
  • First Aid It is important to know that cuts in tropical climates should be monitored closely. Don not expose open wounds or cuts to river water.
  • Proper Footwear 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.
  • Clothing  Dress in layers so you can protect your skin from the tropical sun. Wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is recommended. A light rain jacket is recommended.