Kauai hiking gives the opportunity to explore the hanging valleys of the Napali Coast, the bogs of the Alakai swamp, and the rain forest of Kokee.
This volcanic island is rich in beautiful scenery with trails built to match all abilities and makes a great hiker’s paradise.
Here are four of the top-rated trails to explore in Kauai:
Awaawapuhi Trail at 3 miles in length, is situated within the west side of the Kokee State Park and gives a stunning view of the local surroundings and ocean after arriving at the peak of about 2500-ft.
Throughout winter until early spring it is possible to admire whales in the distance – but make sure to take along binoculars for a better view. The actual hike along the Awaawapuhi is perfect with a mixture of Fiddlehead ferns and thick tree groves.
For those with the know-how to safely pick berries, there are a variety of wild berries along the course of the path.
The difficulty rating for this trail is intermediate to difficult, mostly due to the steep decline – but once you get used to the trail it can become a hiker’s paradise.
Cliff Trail to Waipoo Falls
Waipoo Falls is situated at Waimea – West Side and is about 2 miles in length (each way) with a moderate difficulty rating. The actual waterfall cascades for 800 ft and is easily explored from the hiking trails in the area.
Great features in the local area include wildlife, beautiful views, river, forest, and bird watching.
Plus, there is a lookout near the start of the hike, which gives the opportunity to admire the Waipoo Falls in its glory. Other options to view this magnificent waterfall area are by taking a helicopter tour.
The Hanakapiai Trail is a must for those planning to explore the stunning island that is Kauai. The actual trail is about 2 miles in length and starts at Ke’e Beach.
The entire length of the Hanakapiai Trail gives a lot to admire as you walk along the ocean-side cliffs. Much of the trail has quite steep inclines which makes it more difficult as you progress along the length of the path.
But once reaching the summit there are spectacular views to see the Na Pali Coastal area. Plus, for those planning to camp in the local area, it is necessary to apply for a permit.
The Kukui Trail has moderate difficulty which stretches some five miles (both ways) and with paths that drop 2000-ft throughout the course of the trip to the Waimea Canyon.
The steep ascent to reach the end of the trail means the path is quite exhausting, especially in hot and sunny conditions. Make sure to avoid walking into the surrounding forest and stick to the marked path.
Great features in the local area include the wildlife, beautiful scenery, and bird watching. Plus, for the more adventurous hiker, a swimming spot with shade and warm water is just waiting to be experienced.
Matt Green, is an avid hiker and lover of the great outdoors. He is always planning his next big trip or hitting the trails for a solo hike.
He’s traveled extensively to many remote regions and has plenty of experience exploring various terrains, and stories to tell.