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Awa'awapuhi Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Wainiha, Kauai, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 2,125 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy
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Serena Ho
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HikingGreat!

Pretty easy hike with best view at the end

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Keith Lee
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David Bautista
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HikingGreat!Muddy

You have to hike to the end to the viewpoint! The view is spectacular and breathtaking. It is downhill for 3 miles but coming back it's all uphill but not too bad. We got to the trailhead at 8am and had the viewpoint all to ourselves when we got there. On the way back there was dozens of people coming down. Must do if you're looking for a great sight

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Nicole Dube
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One of my favorite hikes! The views at the end are spectacular.

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Emery Herrmann
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Overall solid trail! Trail ran down in about 40 minutes. Trail is in great shape. Only sketchy area was past the vista. Views are nearly nonexistent until the very end so make sure you do the whole thing! Hiked back in 1:15 minutes. Total time was right at 2 hours from start to finish. I clocked 6 miles even.

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Chris Nguyen
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HikingMuddy

The Awaawapuhi Trail in Kokee State Park was an adventure! We started the hike in a rain forest setting. The trail was slippery, muddy, and somewhat precarious with massive root systems that we had to navigate, which added to the excitement of the hike. Halfway into the 3-mile hike the forest began to give way to a high desert like terrain. At this point we were treated with the beautiful view of the Napali coast, and there were even glimpses of the Awaawapuhi Valley below. The excitement grew knowing that we were approaching our final destination-one with a spectacular panoramic view of the Napali coast and Awaawapuhi Valley. However, as we approach our 3-mile marker, the wind began to pick up. It felt like someone suddenly turned off the lights. Then we heard loud warnings from above. Boom! Boom! Boom! The thunder stopped us in our tracks. As we looked up into the sky, the once happy sky was now replaced by a gray angry sky. Heavy rain started to come down on us. We were slipping, sliding, slishing, and sloshing from this point. What an adventure! We can now say that we hiked in a tropical thunderstorm. Happy hiking!

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Larissa Rossen
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A well worn trail through a rainforest most of the way. The view is the reward- It’s stunning! It is worth scrambling down the ridge to see down into the valley. It’s lovely and quiet on the trails at the moment... perfect. We had plenty of birds visit at the view spot.

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Rachel Ross
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HikingBugsMuddy

Worth it! The view is perfect! Went in July and am planning my trip for this July, this hike makes the list!

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Charlie Kale
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The trail itself is not mind-blowing, but the final view is, especially when you go past the barrier and climb down. Feels like you're on the edge of the world. It's a Buy Now Pay Later kinda hike, where you suffer on the way back.

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DAVID SKELTON
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Tyler Pecore
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Muddy

super muddy the first 1 mile and then it gets way better! just push through and the view is worth it!

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Henry Chyung
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Although the trail was muddy, sloppy, and slippery (primarily during the first 1.5 miles), I really enjoyed the hike. The trail itself was a pretty typical forest trail (which was ok) but the views at the bottom were truly amazing. it took 1.5 hours on the way down and 2.5 hours on the way back up (I struggled the last two miles).

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Evan Mohnke
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HikingMuddy

Highly recommend! It was raining and cloudy in the canyon when we started this hike at 9:30AM, but the hike takes you out of the canyon bowl area, toward the water. We were rewarded with blue sky and a rainbow at the end!

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Alyson Jude
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My husband and I ran/hiked this, very muddy! Took us 70min to get in and 70min out, no stops except for the very end. we were cruising. The end is worth it for sure but make sure you get an early start!

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Chantal Caron
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HikingMuddy

Superbes points de vue au final de l'aller. Je ne peux mettre 5 étoiles parce que ce sentier est boueux de bout en bout. C'est aussi très glissant. On est bien récompensé pour l'effort.

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brenda wasserman
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HikingMuddy

Great view to effort ratio. It took us about an hour in and the same time out - we are three regular hikers who are fairly fit. Very muddy for the first 1/3 of the trail and significantly slower! Wear good shoes.

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Stu Mccrory
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You hike down to an amazing lookout to the coast and then all uphill on way back. Awesome hike and super muddy this time of year so if you have poles it would be a good idea (we didn’t and were fine but could have been nice). It was a rainy day when we did it and the lookout was completely fogged in when we arrived, however we waited 20 minutes and it lifted for an amazing view that was well worth the hike.

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Jordan Biehle
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Views at the end were phenomenal. Well marked trail with lots of other hikers. Using poles was helpful. The hike back up was challenging with elevation regain. Well worth it!

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Hikaru Nakamura
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Absolutely gorgeous views at the end, especially if you continue on beyond the trail head and go down on the rock ledges to where you can see the valley split below. **NOTE that this is not for everyone and even with experience on aretes and rock faces in Colorado, I felt a bit uncomfortable. Overall, I would rate this trail as pretty easy with half of mile of scattered mud (you can avoid some of it if you veer off the trail a bit) and then a slow gradual descent for the next 2.5 miles. The uphill climb back is also pretty mild especially compared to a trail like the Kukui/Waimea Canyon trail. Last but not least, the trail is 3.1/6.2 miles and not 6.7 like AllTrails says.

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Matt Te
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HikingMuddy

High end moderately difficult. Muddy in the beginning but the view at the end makes it worth it.

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Jeff Richardson
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HikingMuddy

Well marked, lots of hikers. The scenery at the end was amazing to have views on both sides of the ridge line. The only reason I wouldn’t give this 5 stars is because it was mostly jungle until the cliffs appeared. A few more open views along the way would’ve really made it.

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Bob Peak
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HikingMuddy

Wear stable shoes. Saw a few people we roaring flip flops and even one in bare feet, crazy. Heavy mud first 1.5 miles. A few peak a boo views through the hike but the end is worth it. Saw some mice and even a rat near the trail end. Guard you packs against these invasive rodents.

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Piper Hayden
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HikingMuddy

First 1.25 miles is a bit muddy, but the view at the end is worth it! Definitely a moderate trail even on the way back up. (If you time it just right you are able to see a rainbow that goes 360 degrees around at the end of ridge)

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Raphael Buyo
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HikingMuddy

Awesome hike. Like with all Kauai trails, it can get muddy after a rain — proper hiking shoes/clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty will help. The trail was very obvious with distance markers marking quarter miles and miles. You’ll end up paying for the amazing view at the end when hike uphill on your return to the trailhead!! Lots of shade and vegetation on this hike.

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Hanna Marilyn
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Completed this hike on 2/23. The trail was nice, muddy at times but did not slow us down. I would say this hike is more moderate. The hike down is more of a decline and the hike back is more of a workout. The views at the end are great!

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Christina Merwin
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HikingMuddy

It was a bit muddy, especially the first 1.5 miles but nothing too bad for an actual jungle. I wish I brought my trail runners instead of my street runners (packing oversight) but it was still ok, just a little bit more challenging. Sharing a pair of hiking poles with my friend really helped with some of the slippery spots. The views at the end point were amazing!

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Lyndsay Elkins
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The end view is amazing, which is why I’m giving it the two stars. And if it was one or two miles to the lookout I’d say it was worth it, but as it is I would NOT recommend this hike. We happened to go on an exceptionally muddy day that made the hike very slow / slippery / sticky / etc, but I just found the trail itself to be very monotonous (ironically the mud is what broke it up somewhat) and not worth it at all.

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David Noll
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HikingMuddy

2/19/2020 0730 2:45 minutes including about 15 at the end. Wouldn’t quite agree with the difficult rating, more of a moderate in my opinion. That being said, the exposure and mud makes it less of a family hike. Loved it and would do it again.

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