Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Koke'e State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

This trail was a wonderful trail for the views. I don’t know if I would go as “Moderate” but I would almost push it to “Hard” depending of your ability to climb muddy hills. After the .75 mile marker it became pretty technical. Great views at the top but very slippery getting there. If you have some trail shoes ie: Solomon’s or something similar, I suggest you wear those. Anticipate getting your shoes muddy. But all in all nice trail to hike on. Took us a couple hours to complete it and we were just keeping at a nice steady pace.

hiking
4 days ago

Incredible views. Difficult when wet as the dirt becomes like ice. Otherwise easy

Went on a cloudy day. We we're happy for the lower temperatures. Because it had been raining the day before it was muddy in places, it could have been much worse. Having to climb and scramble up some of the rocks and roots was challenging. We had beautiful views in between cloud cover.

May 14, 2018. Sunny conditions, low humidity, temp around 65 at start time of 10:30 am. Beautiful views throughout the hike and shaded for much of the trail. The trail begins to get very muddy around the 0.6 mile marker. The trail gets fairly intense around the .75 mile marker with steep climbs. You will get very dirty if the trail is muddy. Go for it and head on out to the vista. It took us roughly 3.5 hours to do the entire out-and-back trail but we stopped many times for photos.

This hike is about the journey, not the destination. The endless boardwalks through the swamps are unique - the experience is both exhilarating and miserable at the same time. Try to get to the end early so that the view will not be obscured by clouds, this happened to me unfortunately. Also plan to get muddy and bring plenty of water/food.

hiking
23 days ago

Being a former Boy Scout, I consider myself a amateur hiker. During a recent trip to Kauai, my wife (5 months pregnant) and I joined two other couples on a hike of Honopu Ridge, on a whim. Long sleeves and long pants are A MUST if you value your skin. I highly recommend at least 1-2 L of water, and a healthy supply of carved snacks for fuel along the way (mainly for the trip back).

The trip to the end of the trail was not much of a beat down, but the return trip is when you really start to feel it. You are met by a few, small "steep" grade changes while still in the foliage, so be mindful of roots and other foot holds to make use of when ascending/descending, ESPECIALLY when it's slick. The ferns can get quite thick at about the 0.75-1.5 mile mark, coupled with a few low hanging brush/trees.

Once you make it to the actual Honopu valley, the trail starts to follow the ridge, with some more difficult climbs (6:1 up to 9:1 slopes). You'll want to be careful about your footing in some areas because there isn't anything stopping you from a long fall down. Once you get to the ridge, but before the trail ends, you will have plenty of spots for pictures and taking in the breathtaking views if the cloud cover cooperates.

When you reach the official end of the trail, you will be standing on a section of the ridge composed of red dirt/rock/clay overlooking the Honopu Arch (distinguished by beach on both sides). The area is just flat enough to take a break, throw out a blanket, and just soak in the views that most people only see from a helicopter.

Overall, I feel the trail is hard because of the elevation and it's length. The return trip is when you really start to feel the tiredness set in. But when you get as your reward is well worth the sore legs.

Most of this trail belongs to the Waimea Canyon Trail (from Puuhinahina lookout to Waio'po parking lot). About half of mile of this trail is on the main road in the park, Koke'e Road--potentially dangerous when visibility is low.

In addition, this trail while do-able for all ages, isn't "easy" by any means--requires crossing streams and drastic descent in elevation.

25 days ago

Definitely a strong moderate trail on the last half with the steepness and muddiness. It was very cloudy and misty so we couldn't see the ocean side view but we could see the valley side. Very beautiful. I want to come back when we can see the ocean vista, I bet its gorgeous.

The start of the hike is enough to turn around most timid adventure seekers but to push on is so worth the price of admission. Once at the lookout, be patient. The clouds will soon blow by and the Kauai wonder will appear before you. Ocean, mountains, waterfalls, and all of God's splendor. Trekking poles will increase your enjoyment two-fold.

Beautiful!

walking
1 month ago

Stunning. Not really a trail though, just a short path to a beautiful view.

hiking
1 month ago

We stopped so many times to stand and admire the view that just kept getting better and better. It was a sunny day in June.

Was super muddy & slippery when we tried it, and couldn’t see a thing. Go early and check weather if you want to do this one.

hiking
1 month ago

Views were amazing- totally worth the effort! Trail crazy muddy and slick! Other reviewers weren't kidding about long sleeves and pants. While there is a narrow trail, the brush is thick!!

1 month ago

I’m from Washington state so I hike for elevation gains and views. This hike is one of the most breathtaking I’ve ever been on - even being from Washington. It’s what people pay $250 for a helicopter tour to see... you can look over all of the kalalau trail and even see a little bit of ke’e beach. I was delighted. STUNNING. please do not go when it’s muddy unless you’re used to Hawaii’s mud, the rocks become slippery and even with backpacking boots it wouldn’t be smart. You almost need crampons, haha. Elevation was great, it is a hard hike but honestly I felt the hardest part was the thorns on the trail. Lots of overgrown foliage, I felt like it was all the more wild because of it but I am scratched up. The app tracking helped at the start of the trail but I didn’t need it after the first .3 miles.

on Pihea Vista

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is completely weather dependent, the mediocre reviews will be from days where it was rainy and muddy (like the day I visited). Make sure you check the forecast and you should have a great time, it does have some spectacular vistas / views of the ocean. If it is raining, there is rain in the forecast, or it rained heavily the day before I would skip it. Hiking poles are helpful in the mud / slippery patches.

2 months ago

Great

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is absolutely awesome. Be ready for lots of mud in spots, and if you have trail shoes you’ll be fine. It felt like we went through several different climates along this trail. It starts out in a beautiful forest, turns into brush with steep climbs and descents (not the most fun part- you will get scratched by bushes), then the dryer areas toward the end which is mostly clay but there are random patches of grassy areas with some trees. You’re hiking mostly down on the way out, mostly up on the way back. Make it to the end because the view is the best I’ve ever seen. There is nothing like it!!

Done in September 2017

Really special hike, we felt all alone! Spooky atmosphere in the last part :-)

scenic driving
2 months ago

More of a path than a trail which leads you to the lookout. Incredible views on the drive up and you won’t be tired of them yet by the time you get to the lookout.

Loved it!

Definitely worth seeing!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail, but with amazing na pali views.

Beautiful

Awesome views at the lookout!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, trail is broad and easy to walk for the majority of the way, can be fairly slippery when wet. Last section up to the peak is steeper with rutted out sections, tree roots and some mud. All walkable for most hikers in most conditions if you take it slowly when wet. Go early before the clouds set in for the afternoon. Offers a different perspective on the Kalalau Valley - the views are worth it!

Great views early on the trail. Can be slippery at spots with wet mud. As you descend into the forest beautiful forest with a relaxing stream great for a rest spot before you continue the hike. A couple of short difficult spots but mostly easy to moderate hiking.

scenic driving
4 months ago

Great views!

hiking
4 months ago

An amazing adventure! A difficult but worthwhile hike. I would recommend long pants because there are at least 15 briar patches (pin needle dried ferns) to walk through which left my legs bloody and sore. my family of four made this trip and had a fantastic day. We noticed a lot of helicopters going into the canyon where they filmed Jurassic park below us. Trail is a bit muddy and slippery. walking stick would of been helpful.

Incredible hike! I’ve done a lot of hiking in Kauai and this is probably my favorite trial. We were lucky enough to have a perfectly clear day with no rain and the views were breath taking.

I would not want to do this hike on the rain!

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