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“Muddy but fun”
Review of Koke'e State Park

Koke'e State Park
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Owner description: A beautiful state park encompassing 4345 acres and containing 45 miles of scenic trails.
Flagstaff, AZ
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“Muddy but fun”
Reviewed July 5, 2007

My wife and I hiked the Pihea Trail in late June 2007. It had a nice combination of spectacular views and interesting vegetation. We hiked from the overlook to the intersection with the Alaka'i Swamp Trail.

This was a muddy trip, but lots of fun. The high elevation meant it was cool and pleasant to hike. I particularly enjoyed the vegetation changes along the way--the moss, ferns, and bromeliads get more interesting as you approach the swamp.

I wish we had more time to take the Swamp Trail all the way to the end. One more reason to return to Kauai!

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“Awa'awapuhi trail.....worth the work!”
Reviewed December 13, 2006

My husband wanted to do at least one moderately strenuous hike on Kauai and this is the one we chose. We hit the trail head at 8:00 a.m. on a dry, sunny day. The trail was a little slick in places but not excessively muddy; rain would definitely take some of the fun out of this trail. I was hoping to see more flowers to photograph, but I did get a couple of pretty flower and fern pictures. But any lack of flora quickly seemed insignificant when we got to the end of the trail overlooking the Nu'alolo Valley and the ocean. There is just absolutely no way to capture on film even a fraction of the beauty and majesty of the vista before you. It's simply stunning. As far as wildlife we saw chickens (of course), goats, one startled baby wild pig, a rat, and assorted birds. Our total time on the trail, including rest time and a .6 mile sidetrip to a non-existent waterfall was 4 hours. We had camelbacks full of water and Gatorade and certainly needed them. Don't try to do this trail without sufficient hydration. And unless you're in tip top shape prepare for some sore calves the next day. But it was SO worth it! You'll never see a view like this anywhere else.

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“N'ualolo Trail in Koke'e State Park a Must”
Reviewed January 18, 2006

The views are amazing, but it is a dangerous trail. Especially when the trail has been rained out. The first 1/3 is mud, the second third is flat, and the last third is a steep 1500 climb. But the views are amazing. This is where Harrison Ford had his hissy fit in the movie Six Nights and Seven Days. There probably won't be anyone on the way back even in high season. Breathtaking views that will stay with you forever. It is 11.6 miles, and you better start before 10 am because of daylight constraints. Bring 2x as much water as you think. Its hot and dry up there, and you can get dehydrated easily. Make sure to get plenty of gas for your car before you leave Waimea to get here no gas stations up in the park area.

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“Excellent Hiking”
Reviewed October 10, 2005

There are many hiking trails in Koke'e worth looking into. We did the Nualolo Trail which then connected to the Awaawapui Trail (11 mi. RT).
This was a great hike which gives great views of the southern end of the NaPali. Although you have to hike a while before getting to the Coast and the really good views, it is worth the effort. (we needed to work off all of the food and drink we were spoiling ourselves to anyway). Also, this is a good way to hike to NaPali if you want to avoid the crowds on the Kalalau trail. (we only saw 2 people our entire hike in Koke'e). While in Koke'e, the Canyon Trail hike in Waimea Canyon is a must too.

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