Captain Cook's Monument Trail

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Captain Cook's Monument Trail is a 5.8 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Captain Cook, Hawaii, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.8 km Elevation Gain: 383 m Route Type: Out & Back

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A short down and back up hike to the Captain Cook Monument. The monument was built in 1874 commemorating the fallen British explorer that was killed in 1779. The only way to reach the monument is by boat, kayak, or foot. It is said that the water near the monument is one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. The hike down is easy enough. The slope is not too steep but watch out for any rolling rocks. The trail is partly shaded.

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rocky
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rocky
9 days ago

If you’re going here, bring LOTS of water as it is very hot and half the trail has no shade. This is definitely a hard trail, not recommended if you’re looking for a nice stroll. Once down at the shore it’s really cool and picturesque.

10 days ago

great day of hiking! take the opportunity to snorkel at the monument site!

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rocky
13 days ago

Not so difficult, just take enough water with you. Downstairs you can also snorkel very well!

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18 days ago

Captain Cook was a badass and you will be too once you finish this trail. Amazing snorkeling and wildlife viewing along the trail.

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20 days ago

Good trail. The first mile was tall thick grass, sometimes covering the trail. The trail was muddy in areas because it rained the night before with some loose rocks. The rest of the trail, about 0.8 miles, was open, with a view of the ocean. Once you get to the bottom, it’s a beautiful view with areas to get in and snorkel. Captain Cook Monument is also at the bottom!

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21 days ago

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rocky
29 days ago

Went through a lot of different terrain. Walking through tall grass, I got a few cuts on my hands. I would suggest long pants. We saw pigs and goats ( a lot of goats). When we got to the end of the trail, we didn’t see the monument. It was off to the left another 2 min walk. Getting into the water was little tricky, getting out was not too bad. Take sunscreen and a sun hat,AND A LOT of water. Wear hiking shoes, the rocks are lose at times.

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29 days ago

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1 month ago

loved it! the way down was definitely easy comparing to the way up. it was very hard getting back up, due to the hotness and little to no shade. definitely come early, especially when you want to snorkel, first boats came in around 9:30am. took me 1hr to get down, 1hr 20min to get back up (with some well needed rest)

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1 month ago

Just back from this trail walk.Trail is as described by others,not difficult if you are used to walking and fit.Good views at bottom.Very overgrown in places but did notice a guy there cutting through it, but huge task. Plenty of shade at monument but take mosquito repellant and put on from beginning and if you are relaxing near the trees.Getting out of the water may be difficult for some.Personally I did not think the snorkelling was as good as its rated.The reef appears to be struggling and although lots of nice fish not as pretty as other parts of Hawaii.Watch out for plentiful mongooses by the monument they will get into your bags looking for food,so hang up high . No amenities at all so go prepared. We also saw goats and black pigs, not sure if wild or not.

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