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Honopu Ridge is a 4.4 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 is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 1,597 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Forest Views Wild flowers Blowdown Bugs Muddy Over grown Rocky Washed out
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Getting There

This trail has not been mantained for years, but volunteers have helped clear the trail. Wear long pants, ensure that you're well protected. There were pig hunters on the trail as well. It's well worth the hike.

Take hwy 50 to Waimea Canyon Drive(550). at 4/10 past the 17 mile marker, there is a turnout on the curve about 100 feet past the telephone post. It's not well marked.

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William Pope
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HikingGreat!

We were lucky. Perfect day conditions. Trail was dry and previous hikers had somewhat hacked through the ferns although it spots it was a tight squeeze through 5 foot ferns. Pants a must. Ladies, my yoga tights functioned well but got several snags. Beautiful trail with enough markers blue and red but you really need to pay attention. I can see how other reviewers may of gotten lost or off the right trail. Worth doing for the ridge views.

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Duncan Morgan
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HikingOver grown

We got lost - the view was worth it. Definitely download a map of the trail beforehand, my room mate and I got lost on the way back and kept following pig trails that led to nowhere. The view at the end was NUTS. We didn’t see a single other person on the trail and had the entire view of the Na Pali coast to ourselves.

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Stephanie Jane
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HikingMuddyOver grown

(Hiked 4/19/20) This was an awesome hike, but very challenging. I read most reviews before heading out and Pants are a MUST, when it doubt, stay LEFT, use the all trails pro app to follow your progress with your phone GPS (it works without service), I disagreed with the comment below about confusing orange markers. The orange markers saved us several times. blue and purple led us the wrong way twice. there’s a section about 30 mins into it that looks like a trail, but it’s really just the water drainage path leading down to a thick bushy valley. DO NOT TAKE THIS. Keep working your way left to the orange markers. It took us about 5 hours total, and we got hungry. Pack some snacks.

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Aurelia Baca
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Wear pants, very slick, muddy, and tough climb on the way back. The mud definitely makes it a lot harder in most areas. Wear pants because the fern is overgrown and it scratches your legs up!

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Jed Hollenbeck
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HikingMuddy

Great trail. Trailhead hard to find without this app. Definitely wear pants, have good hiking boots and sticks. The mud is worth the views! 5stars.

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Kimberly Skaff
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Jeff Richardson
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Hiking

Hiked this on 2/25. Kind of confusing at the start. I agree with a prior review that when in doubt, go left. The cliff views were a 10/10, thought they were superior to Awaawapuhi. Got off the trail the last .2 miles and ended up north of the starting point along the highway. My only issue with the hike would be the start/finish, there are orange markers that don’t apply to this trail. I didn’t see another hiker all day

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Ryan Boogaard
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MuddyOver grownScramble

this hike could be a four or five star, but if you go on a cloudy day like we did you cannot see the Napali coast unfold below you. There is a reason every review says to wear pants. You need them for the sharp brush and the narrow trail. Slippery with falls. All that being said, on a sunny day when you can see the gorgeous cliffs of the coast fall into the ocean below you I would recommend this hike!

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Surabhi Jain
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HikingBugsOver grown

We did this hike on 02/23/2020. Do not attempt to do this hike without Alltrails Pro map. This is a heavily overgrown, unmaintained, and secluded trail. Even with offline maps we got lost twice, but were able to navigate back to the right path using the maps. The pink and orange ribbons are sometimes along the wrong path. DO NOT TRUST ALL pink/orange ribbons. Giving two stars only for the spectacular view. It may be worth it if you are up for an adventure, otherwise just hike the Awa’awapuhi Trail (which is hard too, but better maintained).

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David Patterson
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Hiking

Amazing, but, like a lot of others, I got lost. One thing I did that was fun, stay the night before at the Koke lodge nearby. Very rustic but allows an early start. And consider hiring a local guide, as it's easy to get lost.

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Eleni Curtis
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Hiking

This trail isn’t horrible when it comes to how hard it was, but following the train was extremely difficult on the way back, we got lost quite a few times even with the coloured ribbons posted. The view was absolutely incredible! Wear long pants and long sleeve or sweater to avoid being cut up by the ferns

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Samantha Tallman
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HikingMuddyOver grown
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Jane Cook
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HikingMuddy
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Skye Russell
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Looking for hikers to join on this trail Dec 23-29. What I lack in motor transportation I make up for in enthusiasm instagram @skye.russell

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Chris Daniels
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Great hike with a beautiful view at end. As others have said don’t let the 4.4 miles fool you. If it has been raining it will be very slow going on way out. A bit faster coming back because it is easier to climb in the mud than go downhill. Definitely lots of false stag horn grabbing at you for 20% of the time. Recommend pants, very good shoes and a solid walking stick. I’m 59 and my husband 64 and avid hikers. So yes, you too can do it. Just be dressed appropriately or have thick skin and a young able body!

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Chris Daniels
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Great hike with a beautiful view at end. As others have said don’t let the 4.4 miles fool you. If it has been raining it will be very slow going on way out. A bit faster coming back because it is easier to climb in the mud than go downhill. Definitely lots of false stag horn grabbing at you for 20% of the time. Recommend pants, very good shoes and a solid walking stick. I’m 59 and my husband 64 and avid hikers. So yes, you too can do it. Just be dressed appropriately or have thick skin and a young able body!

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Laura Nott
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Hiking

Looking for people to do this hike with at some point between the 2nd - 6th December. IG: laura.nott

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Fiona B
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HikingBugsMuddy

Long pants and good hiking shoes! Super muddy and slippery. The view was definitely worth all the effort. If you go hiking by yourself, I’d recommend the app “All trails”. Download the map before you go. Some parts in the woods are very easy to get lost. It’s not very well marked.

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Christian Habib
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Beautiful views but the muddy conditions made the hike quite arduous. Definitely worthwhile for the payoff but wearing good hiking shoes and pants is recommended.

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Ruoyu Yue
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