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Best trails in Kilauea

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Looking for a great trail near Kilauea, Kauai? AllTrails has 7 great views trails, beach trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Koke'e State Park or Ha'ena State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park or Ku‘ia Natural Area Reserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Kilauea ranging from 1 to 4.2 miles and from 72 to 439 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Kilauea
Top trails (7)
#1 - Kauapea "Secret" Beach
Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 15 m
#2 - Kilauea Lighthouse
Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 13 m
A short paved trail leading to the historic Daniel K. Kilauea Inouye Lighthouse (built in 1913) and a great location for spotting nesting sea birds and humpback whales. There is a $10 entry fee (or a National Park pass gets you in free). Open hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Closed on Federal Holidays. Accessibility: There are two designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces in the parking lot. The trail surface is paved asphalt and typically at least six feet wide. If the path is too steep, a golf cart is available to assist those with mobility disabilities at the Fee Booth.Show more
#3 - Mokolea Point Trail
Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 24 m
The rugged cliffs of Mokolea Point, part of the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge, is home to dramatic tide pools and the abandoned Kihili Rock Quarry, with views extending across Kilauea Bay and beyond. The hike follows an old rutted road to the quarry overlook and beyond to the tidepools. Kahili Rock Quarry sits along the rugged cliffs of Mokolea Point, part of the Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge. The abandoned rock quarry overlooks the crescent-shaped Kilauea Bay from above the outlet of the Kilauea River. The views extend across the bay, which is rimmed by groves of ironwood trees, to the forested windswept cliffs along the bays southeastern edge and beyond. During the summer months, when the ocean is calmer, the lava bench also provides access to an amazing array of "breathing" tidepools, emptying and filling with each wave. The road to the promontory starts in Kilauea and runs about a mile before it's no longer maintained, and the mud-filled potholes become treacherous to cars. You will need a 4WD vehicle to go any further or you'll need to park and continue on foot or mountain bike. Half a mile further, the road opens onto a plateau overlooking Rock Quarry Beach (a.k.a. Kihili Beach) with a nice view across the bay. If you made it this far with a vehicle or bike, park there and continue on foot. Stop anywhere to take in the sunrise over the bay. (This is really the only point on the north side of Kauai where you can see the sun rise over the ocean... the lighthouse doesn't open until 10am.) From here you can see the partially submerged lava-ledge. It sits 20-feet above the sea, but the incoming tidal waves are often twice that height, drowning the rocks before receding to reveal a series of roiling tidal pools. Some are even big enough to soak in during low tide in the summer months, when the ocean is calmer. If you feel ambitious you can continue along the sharp, slick boulders for another 1/4 mile to reach a trench about the size of a hot tub which fills with thrashing sea water each time the ocean comes in, before receding back with the tide. Sea life is often caught in the strong tides being shoved up through the pools and become briefly trapped. Rock Quarry Beach (a.k.a. Kihili Beach) looks pretty appealing from Mokolea Point, and you can reach it by scrambling through the underbrush and down the cliff near the parking plateau and then fording the Kilauea River outlet, but for easier access (including a parking lot), you'll need to head back to Hwy 56. Show more
#4 - Waiakalua Beach Trail
Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 16 m
Short hike down to beautiful Kauai Beach. A few miles south of Kilauea town turn towards the ocean where you see the Kilauea Farm sign on N. Wailapa Road. Youll drive to the end and then turn left on the dirt road that ends at the beach overlook. Make sure belongings are in the trunk. At the overlook there are two trails. The easier one to the left goes to spectacular Waiakalua Beach. Its steep but not as much as the trail is to Pilaa Beach. Allow 5-10 minutes to reach Waiakalua Beach or 30 minutes on the Pilaa Beach trail. Waiakalua Beach - a great place to snorkel in summer. The beach is seldom used and provides wonderful moments of relaxation.Show more
#5 - Rock Quarry Beach
Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii
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Length: 1.1 mi
Secluded beach great for surfing, swimming, fishing, and kayaking. Drive in or hike from a residential area near Kilauea. This beach lies at the end of an unmarked dirt road and is backed by forest and enclosed by rock walls from the old quarry, so it's often quite empty. It's a popular surfing and body boarding spot for locals and has a large calm area good for swimming, but should be avoided if the water is murky or churned up, as sharks and riptides have been identified here. (Also jellyfish.) The beach is also the outlet of the placid Kilauea River, which creates a freshwater pool behind the sandbar good for kids and fishing. The pool is also a good launch for kayaking up the Kilauea Stream. It's calm and a nice easy short paddle. Don't leave valuables unattended on the beach too long as this is also a spot frequented by Kauai's homeless.Show more
#6 - Kalihiwai River Paddle Trail
Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii
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Length: 1 mi
This hidden gem of a river paddle can be reached by Kalihiwai Road. At the end is a beach and to the left is a put in spot. Incredible views of ferns, palm trees, monkeypod and more. You can go for 1.25 miles up until the flat water ends. You can put out and walk upstream further. Show more
#7 - Wai Koa Loop Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Kilauea, Kauai, Hawaii
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
Note: You must stop in at Anaina Hou Welcome Center to sign a waiver because this trail is on private property. Wai Koa Loop is open 9am to dusk and takes between 2.5 to 4 hours. Trail is open but the stone dam and common ground are still closed to pedestrians. Stay on the marked trail and do not attempt to access the Stone Dam More info here: http://anainahou.org/park-features/the-wai-koa-loop-trail/Show more