Explore the most popular forest 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.

Amazing view! One of the most gorgeous coastline I have ever seen! First quarter of the trail was a little steep with big steps, but the rest of the trail was a lot easier. Totally worth the hike :)

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1 day 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.

a recent shower made the first half (downhill) portion a little treacherous for footing but proper hiking shoes made it bearable. we braved the narrow trail after the gate but this is not necessary to get the amazing view of the coast and sheer vertical drop. this trail may have ruined many a future hike ie views simply don’t get better than this

rough downhill 4x4 road leading from 550 down to main trail. using a jeep made it enjoyable but if traversing by foot, could be a tough chore coming back up at the end. views of canyon were incredible and worth it.

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3 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.

Did this hike with my adult daughter. the day we went was not too muddy. Also did this hike a year and half ago - had an easier time of it this trip. Saw the people on the ridge from the lookout above and just had to do the hike.

No view until the very end. BUT WORTH IT!!!! So happy we trekked the 6.25 miles for this view. Completely incredible. Very steep, must be in decent shape with proper footwear and poles.

Went yesterday and the trail was dry for the most part, some muddy sections but not bad. We were the first ones there.. got there at 645am and finished at 930am out and back. The amazing views of the Na Pali is so rewarding at the end!

Amazing views. We took our 8, 6 and 2 years old. The 2 year old was in a carrier. I don't recommend taking children unless they are seasoned hikers and not prone to panicking. Mine did well but we hike alot. Lots of steep stuff And packed mud. It's downhill the first half and uphill the second half so keep that in mind as well.

Those cliffs! The view ! The most glorious hike ever ! Definitely a must do !

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8 days ago

Best trail I’ve ever been on. It was beautiful!

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.

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10 days ago

My husband and I just finished hiking the trail. It was muddy at some spots on the way down and I slipped pretty good. The viewpoint at the end was all cloudy, so we couldn’t see down very far (might have been a good thing because it is very narrow at the end). The way back felt like it was all uphill and it was tiring. Grab a walking stick from the trailhead for extra balance. Overall, it was worth it but we are worn out

Hiked it. Started out looking like the perfect day. Got to view point. Fogged in and dripping. Waited 50 minutes and headed back. Oh well. Can't win them all. Great exercise.

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.

Beautiful hiking trail. We went to the falls, alongside the cliffs for astounding views into the canyon that you cannot get from the lookouts. We are in average shape, early 30’s and hiked this in about 3 hours with plenty of stops for pictures along the way.

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16 days ago

Amazing. The weather has been crummy all week but yesterday it didn’t rain, so we decided to pull the trigger and attempt Awa’awapuhi this morning. Left Kapaa early, got to the trailhead around 6:15am and were the first ones there. The path was well defined, including mile markers, and the mud was tacky and I managed to stay upright all day even in my Tevas. Be aware that the hike down to the vista pounds on the knees after awhile. We got down to the vista right around 8am, going at a slow/moderate pace to avoid slips. We were the only ones down there when we got there, and continued on past the guard rail to the end of trail. Definitely take caution, the path is no joke. We loaded up on some pretzels and almond butter and enjoyed the view for about 25-30 minutes on our own. Absolutely spectacular, it was by far the best view we saw on the island. On the way back up we probably saw 45-50 people so it is 100% worth it to wake up and get moving early early. Enjoy and be safe!

Wife and I hiked starting from the main road as our rental car would probably not have made it down the two track in one piece. Probably want a Jeep or pickup truck for that. Hiking was mostly through dense forests until the end where you get spectacular views of the canyon! Overall pretty easy hike but the clay on the trail was slick in some areas

Beautiful, short, unmarked Koke'e option. We came across this trail when we were at the Kalalau lookout and saw a couple with their tiny dog emerge from an opening in the fence. They were wearing normal tennis shoes and they didn't look exhausted or muddy, so we decided it must not be too bad. Three hours later (lots of pictures) we were finished. Much more strenuous than I was expecting due to it being steep. The trail is obvious and the views are amazing. The lookout is so worth it and it was not too crowded. We went on a very cloudy day so we didn't get the full views, but the clouds made the ridges seem all the more massive. This trail is quite steep and I can see it being slick with more mud. I recommend hiking shoes and a pole. Most of the trail was very cool and shaded. There are two definite clearings to chill and relax along the way. Beautiful, satisfying hike!

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20 days ago

Beautiful hike on a clear day! The trail is steep and muddy at times with steep drop offs, so perhaps not suitable for the very young or very old.

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21 days ago

The pay off in the end is beyond worth it! We just trekked it last week. It took about 1 hour and 30 minutes at a moderate pace took about 30 minutes at view point and a little longer on way back 1 hour and 40 minutes. I don’t get to hike as much as I like so it was a little challenging. I would rate moderate to hard. There is a good amount of elevation change. You go down in the beginning so be prepared for the going up. Make sure to bring a good amount of water the right hiking shoe and definitely trekking polls are key. It’s a spectacular view that you won’t regret!!

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22 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike. Listen to the other reviews and bring boots and poles, or you will regret it. I went in tennis shoes and my friend had to give me one of her boots because I was sliding all over the place. Be cautious as there are some large drop offs, but nothing crazy dangerous as long as your careful. We saw a family of goats! We left the Kalalau lookout at 7am and got to the end around 8:15am. We had the vista all to ourselves until we headed back at 9:30am. Around then the fog started to roll in, and so did the other people. We probably saw 15 people or so on our way back. I definitely recommend hitting the trail early because being at the end alone is pure magic. Hike out is way easier than the hike in even though it’s uphill. Overall, amazing hike 10/10 would recommend!

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22 days ago

Muddy as expected great views with clear skies. Fiancé and I hiked with tennis shoes 1:45 out 1:30 return have a change of shoes or bags for muddy shoes and clothing. Got on the trailhead at 8am on a Monday little to no other hikers. Passed multiple people on return. Weather forecast is tricky cloud coverage can vastly change from the local Waimea Canyon forecast. Most difficult aspect is the mud and slipping factor. Multiple vistas at end of trial depending on bravery/risk tasking. Overall definitely worth it.

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22 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.

This trail is awesome I did it with my parents and it is worth the view ! I highly recomand !

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24 days ago

Really incredible views. Short distance but took us about 1:30 & had to scramble a couple times. We had great weather but I would NOT recommend doing this in the rain. Still- even though it’s a ridge trail you never feel like you could slip one way and that’s it.

24 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.

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