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Kauai Trail Directory

Kauai Hiking and Trail Information

Kauai is home to literally the wettest place on earth. With an average of over 472 inches or 39 feet (12 meters) of precipitation each year, Mt. Waialeale gets enough rain and constant precipitation to give it such a remarkable title. But not all of Kauai is wet and rainy. Hiking in the Kokee and Waimea Canyon is arid and in some ways resembles Arizona and the Grand Canyon. Depending on where you decide to go hiking (Waimea is one of our personal favorites) you will encounter fantastic versatility to the land and plant life. Exploring the North Shore of Kauai and Kalalau Trail can be quite an adventure.

The Napali or "Na Pali" coast
One of the most amazing and at least in my opinion life changing things that Kauai has to offer is its bountiful "Napali Coast" (Pali comes from the Hawaiian word for cliffs).
The Kuhio Hwy. wraps around almost the entire island except instead of making a complete loop there is a stretch of coastline that is home to the legendary Kalalau Trail. The trail spans roughly 11 miles. If you want to try and make it all the way to the Kalalau Valley and want to camp there you will need to get a permit it advance. Keep in mind you will want to start very early as to leave yourself enough time to get there. The seclusion and majesty of the trail is the same thing that make it dangerous. If you aren't going to hike the whole thing it is still worth it to go and hike what you can. Even in the first mile there is a lot to take in.

Should you decide on an easier day activity I also recommend taking the Kalalau trail starting at Ke'e and going roughly 2 miles to Hanakapi'ai. This is also an option if you want to make it all the way to Kalalau but want to stop and camp after traveling the first 2 miles. Once in the Hanakapi'ai Valley there is a great waterfall.

More Hiking Trails

North Shore: Kalalau Trail - Hiking this difficult 11.5 mile trail through the Kalalau Valley takes stamina and planning. For permits call (808) 274-3444 
Be prepared.
Powerline Trail - A 20-mile roundtrip trail for the hardy hiker. Difficult
Northwest: Pihea-Alakai Swamp Trail - 3.75 mile trail begins in at Puu O Kila Kokee State Park Lookout. Difficult
East: Nounou Mt. Trail - 1.75 mile trail leads to a picnic shelter on the "chest" of the Sleeping Giant landmark.  Go a little further and stand on his forehead for a 360 degree panoramic view. ¬†Intermediate
The Sierra Club - hosts several hikes each month. Call for a current listing of events at (808) 246-8748
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