Captain Cook's Monument Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews

Captain Cook's Monument Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Captain Cook, HI. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

3.6 miles 1263 feet Out & Back

hiking

18 days ago

Nice trail ! You need to be prepare to walk into a very big tall grass forest during the half of the trail ! The grass was taller than us and the trail was really tiny so no air ! It is easy to go to the ocean bay, really harder to go back !! It totally worth the time and the effort ! You need to have plenty of water. It's a beautiful snorkeling place, probably one of the better on this island !

trail running
1 month ago

on a hot, sunny, voggy, muggy day running this just before sunset (or at first light) is key. because it was only mildly uncomfortably hot I was able to run the full distance pretty hard (the 7+miles out and back in well under an hour, including a few minute stop at the bottom to enjoy the rewarding view of the gorgeous bay). i found the climb out fairly technical trail running, but totally runnable (I heart running hills - the longer, steeper, and more technical the better!)

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is no joke ( bc of the heat mostly). Come prepared with proper hiking shoes and lots of water.

My boyfriend and I did this hike on a Monday at about 10am in flip flops carrying bags containing our snorkeling gear. The hike down was not so bad (other than the over grown grass and rocks every step of the way).

The snorkeling was great! And we were glad we didn't pay for a charter to get there since the hike was free! And since it was a Monday there were very few charter boats there.

Now the hike back up at 3pm was hell!! It was 95-100 degrees, and all uphill! I barely made it through the first part which is the hardest. It's just so so hot. Once we passed the second marker, things got a bit better. At the end we were hot, sweaty, and tired but glad we did it.

Notes:
- use bug spray - if you don't you'll be eaten alive
- there are 8 markers along the way. If you find the hike hard by marker 4, turn around. The way up is significantly more difficult than going down.
- on the return hike, stick to your right at the fork. You'll see what I mean. There's a white ribbon to guide you right.

2 months ago

Tough tough hike mostly due to heat. It is misleading as well because you hike down first and up the way back.

The hike itself was average as there were few sights or changes of scenery but Kealakekua Bay was beautiful and I'll likely do the hike again before I leave.

hiking
2 months ago

It was over grown the grass is so sharp it cuts like sharp razor blades. It's so humid and the grass lets no air circulation in. I hated this hike!!!

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail. Super fun. The views are fantastic. I did it later in the day. Normally the snorkeling is super crowded from charter boats. Getting there late insures the place to yourself. The free hike is such a better choice then the 100$+ charter boat to drive you. Keep an eye out for wild hogs and goats along the trail.

5 months ago

Easy on the way down hard on the way up. Snorkeling is amazing.

5 months ago

Great, As long is you snorkel,which was awesome

sea kayaking
6 months ago

The best snorkeling place of Hawaii. It was a long hike but at the end, it was very rewarding. We hiked with well equipped it snorkeling where The ocean was very quiet and tons of fish over there. The yellow tan is my favorite fish and it was everywhere

trail running
6 months ago

Great views and different terrain made for a good day

6 months ago

Be ware it is 3.6 miles and 1263 feet. There are other things to do in this island.

hiking
7 months ago

Nothing new to report aside from what others have said. Going down isn't terribly difficult, but good shoes or hiking sandals are a must. When they mention the exposure to the elements they are not joking, all the way up there is only a handful of shaded patches and the air can be deathly still so you may sweat through everything you are wearing. Having said that, the views at the bottom are great, the monument (to the left) is neat and the snorkeling was simply amazing. You also have the satisfaction knowing that you experienced it the most difficult way (only other options are to be on a boat or to paddle in).

hiking
7 months ago

Great, the water was very clear and schools of fish came very close to shore. The descent is deceptive, the ascent from the water is a killer if you're not prepared (bring water and fruit).

hiking
7 months ago

Finding the trail was the most difficult part--besides running out of water for the hike back up. Bring water, lunch, snorkeling gear, and a camera. So beautiful!

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Easy to follow, clean and a great little work out. We started on the trail early at around 6:30 am and got to the snorkel spot before anyone else. We snorkeled before all of the charter boats and kayak tours arrived. As it started to get busy we packed up and headed out. Beautiful morning hike. I would not say this trail is hard, but bring a hat, plenty of water and if you are not an avid hiker, take small breaks on your way up and enjoy the view.

fishing
8 months ago

Great, but definitely not easy. It is moderate and people that are not at least a little bit athletic should not attempt.

9 months ago

Going down the trail is harder than coming back up because the path is rocky and therefore somewhat slippery... The captain Cook area at the end is just so rewarding. It is beautiful, perfect for swimming, snorkling and there aren't a lot of people around!

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is hard. I am a huge hiker, from the mountains and in shape. But you are going from on top of a mountain.. To sea level.. (Maybe even below if you are snorkeling)... Then straight back up a mountain again. It was amazing. One of my favorite hikes but be ready to sweat. A lot. And make sure you snorkel it because it's beautiful.

1 year ago

Moderate hike through 8ft grass that you have to part to find the trail not of the way. Wear shoes with grip and take lots of water. Hard walk back up in the heat. Super humid after it rains. Snorkel is pretty good at the end of the trail at the monument. Saw over half a dozen Dolphins.

1 year ago