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See our review of hiking this trail here: https://savingtimeinabottle.com/2018/09/18/kuilau-trail/

hiking
15 hours ago

Jet lagged, I left the north shore at 5 AM. I stopped at Starbucks in Lihue and then again at Ishihara Market in Waimea for snacks along the way. I arrived at the trailhead at 7:30 and there was only 1 other car there already. The viewpoint at the end of this trail, past the guardrail, is absolutely stunning! I lingered at the view point for maybe 20-30 minutes and took a casual pace throughout, arriving back at my car around 12:30. I passed plenty of people on my way back and the parking lot was overflowing when I returned, so start early if you'd like some solitude!

Awesome views of cliffs and coast. Nice little hike. Allow 1.5-2 hrs to take it all in. Steep drop offs on both sides at times. Would not be good if raining or muddy.

Very beautiful views and sooo much better than from the viewing platform. Definitely worth it especially since it's such a short hike.

This hike was really enjoyable. The first part of the hike is not all that spectacular but the second parts gets really interesting and the view at the end is simply breathtaking. We did a very interesting option which is to take the 2 mile connection trail to the Awa'awapuhi trail. Dont be surprised if the trail is unmaintaned at the beginning. Taking both trails allows you to make a 11 mile loop trail which takes about 6 hours.The views at Nu'alolo cliff trail are more impressive but Awa'awapuhi should still not be missed. Either you can park two cars at both trail heads or walk along the road back to the original car park.

This hike was really enjoyable. The first part of the hike is not all that spectacular but the second parts gets really interesting and the view at the end is simply breathtaking. Make sure to go down ridge a little bit at the end of trail because only from there you really have a good view. We did a very interesting option which is to take the 2 mile connection trail to the Nu'alolo cliff trail. That allows you to make a 11 mile loop trail which takes about 6 hours.The views at Nu'alolo cliff trail are actually even more impressive. Either you can park two cars at both trail heads or walk along the road back to the original car park.

Pound for pound this hike was one of the bests for views throughout the hike. It’s short but decently intense. If you’re scared of heights this one may not be for you as it is pretty much the definition of ridge trail in some places.

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome hike. On your way down, up to around mile 3 you start to wonder why this hike is labeled hard, then it kicks up the intensity. Unparalleled views at the end. Recommend hanging out down at the end for an hour or so before you tackle all that elevation on the way back. We went in at 12:30, hung out for an hour past the trail end (don’t stop at the end sign the best views are yet to come) and were back at the trailhead by 5:30. Save water for the hike back. Overall for an ‘Unmaintained’ trail the trail was in great shape. Would recommend pants though as there are some areas of thick brush.

Every stream valley and every ridge has it's own personality and the more your hike this trail, the better you are getting to know an old friend. Sure you will go through your ups and downs together, but you know that in the end that land will always be there and will always provide you with what you need. Whether that is the abundance of mountain apples at Mile 4, the small campsite surrounded by mango trees after the hot and dry Mile 7, the small stream dotted with elephant ears at Mile 9, or the occasional egg fruit in Kalalau Valley. The 'aina just keeps giving.

Aaaaamaaaazing hike!!! Would recommend everyone!

Awesome hike that I would rate as "Moderate+". The first few miles are some hills, but nothing too bad and it's mixed with flat sections. The last half mile is pretty steep but the Nā Pali coastal view is the best I've seen yet! Wow! Coming back will, of course, be steep but nothing too bad. If muddy,this trail would have been more difficult because it gets slippery. A few parts are a little overgrown, but trail is well maintained and easy to follow.

This was a great hike, easy in , a bit more strenuous on the way out because it was more up hill. We went early to beat the heat.

trail running
3 days ago

AMAZING!!! Very short with stunning views throughout. It was dry when I did it and really not scary at all, though I can see it being very different when wet.

A little muddy but not bad! Worth the beautiful view!

hiking
5 days ago

Ok... I hate heights! But this hike was amazing. I did it cause it was rated difficult and made me conquer my heights worry. AND... cause my GF wanted to do it. It’s easy really. Mostly down hill out and all uphill back. Awesome views! Keep your wits about you... my GF tried the last little 40-50ft path to look out but turned back. I was very frightened for her. I uploaded a pic. DONT try it! Not worth it.

scenic driving
6 days ago

Great spot for looking at the Canyon. If it has rained recently there are a few waterfalls too. If your lucky there will be a Hawaiian Warrior talking about Hawaiian culture at the top of the lookout.

hiking
6 days ago

We did this hike in about 2.5 hours. It is 3.25 miles to the lookout. The hike to the lookout is mostly down hill, so remember to save plenty of water for the hike back.

What a great little hike!

Immediate and huge payout for such a short hike. Not challenging if you’re a frequent hiker- Incredible views the entire way, a few moments of needing to watch footing etc but one of the hands down most beautiful trails we have ever been on.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike with big payout at the end, but you definitely work to get there. trail is a bit overgrown and thick at the start - you’re in trees and more mountainous trail terrain then it opens up to some epic views. Stair master like on the way back up and out of the trail, still worth it if you’re up for the workout.

hiking
9 days ago

Gorgeous hike. Amazing view of the cathedrals in the Na Pali Coast and the valley. There was even a rainbow as we hiked this trail. Easy hike for sunset ~30 min down. Don’t go if it has rained- can be very muddy and narrow path (4000 ft high) end also gets narrow and can make you realize you’re afraid of heights

hiking
12 days ago

Incredible views!!!

This trial is well maintained and has a very rewarding view at the end. It is not a technical trail but the return is a steady grueling climb. I highly recommend starting this trail early before the heat of the day so you can get as much shade on the return at possible. Pack plenty of water. There are no services at the trailhead so plan ahead. The camp store is a great stop for coffee and sandwiches. Don’t expect to find seclusion, this trail has high traffic.

hiking
13 days ago

Start the hike early to beat the crowds and heat. It wasn’t muddy during my hike but I can only imagine how difficult the hike would be with muddy conditions. Be sure to journey past the railing at the end to get the better views.

With the road closed to get there. How are people getting to this trail?

The views at the end of the trail are just breathtaking...

Best hike of my life!!

hiking
18 days ago

Super fun hike. Bring lots of water and get ready to face your fear of heights at the end for a walk out the last few hundred feet. Loved it and would do it again!

Partly steep, but easily manageable. Amazing views if the Napali Coast. We hiked 35 minutes. It was not the end, I think we missed it to go to the end of the ridge, because in the end it gets a little more dangerous. Just decided how much you want to risk and how far you want to go! Would definitely recommend it!

Loved this hike! Tool us about 35 minutes to the end of the trail! Amazing views and everything is just sooo green around you. Easily manageable and not very dangerous. Would recommend it!

This hike had an okay view at the end, but to be honest, the canyon views driving up to the hike we're more impressive. The hike is pretty boring for 90% of it as you are walking through forest with no views. The benefit is that you are in the shade for the majority of the hike. The hike is kinda backwards as you travel downhill to get to the view at the end, but then uphill to get back to the trailhead. Given other hikes available in Kauai, I would choose this hike as a second or third option.

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