Awa'awapuhi Trail is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.
One of the best hikes of my life! Incredible views, absolutely stunning! Did it twice on the same trip and would do it again!
First half going down can be very tricky with the slick mud. The last mile to the lookout is much steeper and narrower than the first 2 miles, so be mindful of your footing if you are less experienced.
Despite the mostly uneventful hike down, you will be rewarded with one of the most incredible views you are likely to see in your life. If you dare, hike down past the 'hazardous cliff' sign to the outcropping, and even beyond to the spine of the ridge for the best view. Do not underestimate the risk in doing this though; it is literally a 2,000+ foot fall on both sides of a 12" wide path, so do not even attempt it if you are not feeling absolutely confident.
Hiking back up is pretty strenuous for the steep section (~1 mile), but once you pass that, it's a pretty steady ~8-10% grade back to the lot. All in all, an incredible hike, with an unparalleled view.
It was alright going in, minor slipping on wet leaves & felt monotonous at some points. Luckily the trees turned to ferns and to (edible) pineapple & strawberry & standard guava trees and thimble berry bushes. The views are gorgeous. I have a knee injury and did not go in with a stick but came out with one. If I didn't have it, I'd be in trouble. it was an uphill battle. Then again, I saw people running up.
EPIC VIEW! The helicopters fly BELOW you as you're standing inches from a several thousand foot vertical drop. Not for the faint of heart. Don't miss! So worth it.
A wonderful trail, with fantastic views at the end. The tough part is that it is all downhill to get to the views and all uphill on the way back. All in all a good trail, shaded for the most part, and doable for most people. For reference it is 3.25 miles each way, they have distance markers for you.
I made the hike there in about a hour. it was a glorious view. For best views you have to walk out a little ways.
a well worn trail, lots of mud the first .25mi. not many views along the way, but the pay off at the end of the trail is worth seeing.
Well worth it!
We went in June but it was still pretty muddy. I'd agree with others that have said the mud is slick and sticky in spots, but the view at the bottom is amazing. I almost feel like if you are not able to do the longer, more difficult Napali hikes, this might be a good substitute... but know your fitness level before starting, getting out is hard if you're not in great condition, especially if its muddy. Its a peaceful hike though, lots of forest and quiet, beautiful.
Easy peasy on the way down. Hiking back up was strenuous. What a beautiful view at the bottom of the hike.
Incredible hike! Make sure you go early in the morning. We start at 10 am and when we where at the end of the trail it was already cloudy.
Not so easy! Could kill yourself...
very beautiful and easy
Nice experience. It was 3.25 miles to the lookout end of the trail.
This hike is extremely difficult on a wet day. The mud gets insanely slippery and it took us probably twice as long to get down as it would on a dry day. That being said, we did not regret it when we reached the vista. The view was incredible. I ended up going past the signs that said not to go any further and climbed out onto the spine of the mountain. DO NOT do that if you're an inexperienced hiker. It was extremely dangerous when wet, and probably still just as dangerous when dry. It's VERY narrow in some spots, you could easily fall to your death.
Despite the elevation change, we found going back up much easier and quite a bit faster. That may have been because it stopped raining and dried out a bit but also because it's not as easy to slip going up. All in all, I would totally recommend this hike, the end result is unreal.
Hike to really awesome views down the sheer Koke'e palis (cliffs) into the Awaʻawapuhi and Nualolo Valleys overlooking the Pacific. We hiked this on our last day on Kauai, and wanted a memorable experience. We knew clouds would be moving in just before noon so started around 9:30AM. The trail starts along Koke’e Road near mile marker (MM) 17 (on left past the lodge and past the museum). There’s a convenient grass parking lot for hikers right off the road. The hike is 6.5 miles RT and took us a total of 3 hours and 20 minutes, an hour of that for periodic rests and picture time, especially at the bottom. The grassy area at the end of the trail [near the railing] is said to provide an excellent place to picnic, and much of the grass that day was about seven feet high - there was plenty of room though to take in the views. The trip down is pretty easy, and enjoy the change in flora through the woods as you descend. Experience an elevation gain of 1,600-1,700 ft on the return trip - the Koke'e State Park website says 1,180, but suspect that is just to the railing at the bottom and not past. Heed the warnings about the dangers past the railing, especially down the steep slick dirt to the point [and cross the rock bridge at your own risk]. I also recommend hiking poles if you have them, they'll come in handy. This is a not to miss hike on Kauai and a good workout. Also try the Kalepa Ridge trail [shorter, but steeper at the start] up the road a bit at the Kalalau Lookout if you want another hiking experience in paradise.
We did this trail today for the first time. I would agree with the other reviews. It is what I would consider to be moderate to difficult depending on how wet it is. Also, it does have a lot elevation change and the actual length is a little over 6.5 miles. It is definitely worth the trip.