Pihea Trail to Alakai Swamp

MODERATE 44 reviews
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Pihea Trail to Alakai Swamp is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Hawaii that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.7 miles 2112 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

Combining two of Kauai's best hikes take us from dramatic coastal cliffs to an exotic boardwalked swamp trail. Kauai, the oldest and westernmost inhabited Hawaiian island has a terrain and climate like nowhere else. This hike combines some of the best features of Kauai into an unforgettable hiking experience. Take a westerly drive around Kauai until you run out of road and you'll find yourself at the Pu'u O Kila Lookout marveling at the views of the plunging cliffs of Kalalau Valley on the fabled Na Pali Coast. Exploring beyond this point is achieved only on foot, so strap on those hiking boots. The trail starts at the end of Waimea Canyon Drive (550) at the Pu'u o Kila Lookout. Views of Kalalau Valley. Pihea Trail intersects Alakai Swamp Trail and continues to the Kilohana Lookout. Views of Ha'ena and the North Shore are visible from Kilohana, clouds permitting.

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4 days ago

Amazing views of the Na Pali Coast, but we had to cut our hike because the trail was impassable. Often had to walk through mud or puddles on this trail. But it is one of the wettest spots in the world so that is to be expected.

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8 days ago

Magnificent views of the canyon looking out to the Napali Coast. Did this hike while we were waiting for our late night flight and am so happy I did. The canyon is beautiful. The beginning of the hike is cool as the path is lined in red mud. Can be slippery in spots when you get more into the jungle.

15 days ago

a fabulous hike!
the phea part of hike is terrible and muddy but the swamp is worth it
leave no later than 0800 so you will not be clouded in at the lookout

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16 days ago

Only did the first mile and back of this hike, on a windy and slightly rainy day. The trail is wet! Though that's probably to be expected on something with "swamp" in the title. The clouds managed to clear for a few minutes and we got some nice views. Towards the end of the first mile the trail gets pretty slippery with mud and some running water, and gets pretty steep (we were on hands and feet a few times taking it slow), so be careful! But if you have the time to take it slow and are comfortable, it's a nice hike along a beautiful ridge with some excellent views.

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2 months ago

Started at Pu'u O Kila look out total of 8.54 miles in and out! Beautiful and fun hike. we had a group of 12 total age ranging from 2-48! Bring LOTS of water .

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9 months ago

Hike it before noon...clouds roll in after lunch. Great views of the valley. Don't be afraid of getting dirty :)

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9 months ago

Fog was rolling in just as we left the trail head so we caught a quick glimpse of the coastline before getting to far down the trail. We had fun anyways and embraced the mud as we went. The terrain was interesting & even w/out the view it was a morning well spent.

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1 year ago

Great views of the Ana Poli Coast and valley. Nice and muddy. Admired the hard work to build it all

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1 year ago

Insanely muddy, unique Flora, wild experience. The fog prevented us from seeing any of the amazing views, and still worth it!

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1 year ago

Hiking on the highest swamp in the world is a unique experience you won't want to miss, but don't be surprised if you don't see the amazing view at the end. When we arrived at the "scenic" overlook, we saw a wall of fog. We spoke to another hiker who said he'd been there 8 times and had never seen the view! The trail itself is filled with stairs and boards, which sometimes prevent you from traipsing through the mud, and sometimes not so much. Still well worth the experience!