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Kuilau Ridge Trail

Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Stunning views with relatively little effort

On a clear day this is a truly spectacular hike. Ascend about one mile through lush rain forest to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New York City, New York
AKA: The Avitar Hike

Although not a technically difficult hiking trail, the Kuilau Ridge Trail will be so memorable... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Diego, California
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“picnic area” (25 reviews)
“picnic table” (13 reviews)
“easy hike” (14 reviews)
Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a clear day this is a truly spectacular hike. Ascend about one mile through lush rain forest to a clearing where you will find a picnic table. Up to this point, the walk is beautiful, offering excellent view into dense valleys below. However, this...More

2  Thank Wayfarer909
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although not a technically difficult hiking trail, the Kuilau Ridge Trail will be so memorable! The trail is well maintained and so easy to follow. No chance of getting lost on this hike since there is only one path. With some gentle elevation gain, you...More

1  Thank dannygirl3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gradual terrain, lots of ripe guava, could get muddy, awesome trees/plants/views of hillsides. The tree canopy is so thick it looks like a carpet from above! Pretty neat views!

Thank 273mof
Reviewed August 17, 2017

We did this hike early one late July morning. It had rained during the night, but the trail was not too bad. There was not a lot of steep up and down, so inexperienced hikers should be OK. Beautiful scenery!

Thank Joel C
Reviewed July 31, 2017

We took a mid-afternoon hike along the Kuilau Ridge Trail after parking in the small lot right at the entrance of the trailhead on Rt. 580 (Kuamoo Road). Since it had rained earlier in the day, the beginning of the trail on the forest road...More

2  Thank Susitnacafe
Reviewed July 23, 2017

Muddy trail, huge tree canopy, amazing views, birds ... and one heck of a nice breeze along the ridgeline!!! Go all the way to the trail end to the wooden bridge, then turn around a listen for a waterfall. Decent is steep and trecharous compared...More

Thank Don M
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

The trail was very muddy. Make sure to wear insect repellent. Not a steep climb but it does incline and is slippery. There is a stream at base and a waterhole down stream to swim

Thank Bankiems
Reviewed June 17, 2017

This 2.1 (one way) mile, red dirt trail is an old forest road offering hikers majestic views of both Mount Waialeale and Mount Nounou for minimum effort. There is only gradual ascension, hardly noticeable as the views propel curiosity and awe. At one point, the...More

Thank LUchicago
Reviewed June 11, 2017

We rented bikes for a half day and rode this trail, which runs right along the Pacific Ocean. We rented 3-speed cruisers, and they worked well on this trail. The rental rate was reasonable. We stopped regularly to photograph the scenery. We rode 16 to...More

1  Thank DWbiker
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

This is not a very strenuous day hike, requiring two hours at most, and providing so many good elements of Kauai. All along the trail there are great views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, especially the highest, Wai'ale'ale. Further up, you look out over...More

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June 22, 2016|
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Response from dannygirl3 | Reviewed this property |
On this and many Kauai hikes, I've worn about every foot covering available from Five Finger Vibrams to Tevas to sneakers to hiking shoes. They all worked well for me. The deciding factor is -- how muddy will the trail be... More
March 20, 2016|
Response from E K | Reviewed this property |
It's obvious. You will continue past Wailua Homesteads on the right toward the end of the road. At the bottom of a hill there will be 4 or 5 spaces and a "red" metal gate on the right. There is also a sign indicating the... More