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Captain Cook's Monument Trail is a 4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Captain Cook, Hawaii, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.0 mi Elevation gain 1,256 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Forest

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

Over grown

No shade

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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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Cara Hitomi
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Chelsie Anderson
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Hiking

Common sense but going down isn’t bad, coming up is a bit rough! No shade from markers 5-7, partial to full shade from markers 1-5. Take your time, enjoy the scenery, and bring some water for your trip back up!

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Benjamin Kieffer
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Loved this trail. Good hike worth it to snorkel at Captain Cook. Hike it with our 7yr and 9yr old kids, as well as our 3yr old (who needed to be carried in some sections). Bring plenty of water! Definitely not easy but ultimately only 4 miles round trip.

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Rebecca Roberts
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Over grown
Cassidy Doulphus
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This hike is hard. The trail there is ALLLL down hill the first part of the trail is so overgrown you sometimes can’t even see the path so wear a hat, cover up, and wear good shoes. When you get to the bottom the waters so clear and there’s so many fish. Bring snorkeling gear (flippers and all if possible) there urchins everywhere so be mindful of your surrounds! Go early so you can head back up before it gets too hot because there’s not too much shade throughout the hike. Overall very challenging but worth it! ... but I think I’ll kayak in next time (:

Mark Mcghee
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Mark Mcghee
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Nicholas Serra
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Hiking

Awesome trail.. saw lots of wild life. The hike down at the bottom towards the water gets a little rocky. When coming back up the trail make sure you veer to the right in order to stay on the trail. Would recommend 1-2 liters of water depending on how hot it is. Overall not too strenuous. Enjoy!

Mario Velasquez
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domi nique
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nette wanderung zu einer tollen schnorchelbucht. an heissen sonnigen tagen kann es evt etwas anstrengend werden, aber die wanderung ist gut machbar. genug wasser zum trinken mitbringen.für mich nicht ersichtlich weshalb sie als schwer eingestuft wird,es ist überhaupt nicht steil oder so...

Connie Baldy
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Very rocky and all down hill and of course you guessed it ALL uphill on the way back! However it was worth it! Beautiful place to snorkel, we saw probably 20-25 dolphins swimming, jumping and just having a great time! Many fish and the coral was plentiful. I still think Two Steps is a little better for snorkeling, there is no hike and it can be crowded, but you don’t have to contend with the big tour boats. If you up to a good hike with some beautiful snorkeling at the end, then definitely Captain Cook, but if your looking to just snorkel then definitely Two Steps!

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Karen Silhanek
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Gina R.
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My sis and bro-in-law recommend this hike to Captain Cook's Monument for a little snorkeling. I'm rating this trail hard because of the loose lava gravel. it made the trail slippery at some areas. we stopped every now and then to admire the views of the ocean and check out some of the fauna. once we got to the bottom I can say that the trip was worth it. the snorkeling was the best I've experienced since being here. The return trip wasn't as bad as I had imagined as long as we went slow and steady. it was about an hour walk down and an hour and a half going up. there are plenty of shade spots to stop and catch your breath and get some water. At one point we were amused by the local goats that range freely on the island.

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John Davidson
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Ted G.
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Hiking

03/07/2020, trail name is actually Ka ‘Awaloa and as trailhead sign says, “think twice” before trekking. For my #81 straight consecutive weekends on the Hiking Trail we did not hesitate but oh boy, the 2.0 mile elevation descent is gradual all the way to the Captain Cook Monument. Weather was humid. You’ll see goats, mongooses and roosters all the way. Great stair stepper workout.

Kira Kjear
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Hiking

Loved this trail! Took us 45 minutes to hike down and an hour to hike up. Found it to be a moderate hike; you just have to watch out for loose rocks and sticks. Swimming and snorkeling at the end was top notch. Nice to cool off after a hot hike through the bush and lava fields. We saw about 8 goats on the trail, they all kept to themselves. Highly recommend this one; it was a great day!

Nick Norvilas
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HikingOver grown

Excellent snorkeling at the end of the trail. There is a monument in the water denoting where Captain Cook passed and a larger monument up the trail to the left at the end where there is easy access to the bay. Easy trail down that is a little overgrown the first mile and then becomes exposed and hotter as you get closer to the water. The trek back up is more demanding and bring lots of water because it gets hot. Would definitely hike this trail again.

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Chet Lewis
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Easy going down, tough coming back up. 1 hot hour to get back. The snorkeling is 5 stars, the trail is 3 stars.

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