Jurassic Park Gate Trail is a 9.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaʻa, Kauai, Hawaii that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and off road driving.

Length9.8 miElevation gain1,545 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsOHV/Off-road drivingForestRiverViewsWildlife
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This trail is used mainly for off road driving and hiking. You will pass through water, lots of inclines/rocks, and you will go through narrow paths.

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Kellie Hines
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Hiking

We had to turn around before we got to the first waterfall. We got notified that a flash flood was in effect. Took a side trip through the tunnel. That was so much fun. Totally out of my comfort zone. Then the rain came down so hard. Thunder and lightning. We got drenched. What a great adventure. Mahalo ladies

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George Mones
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Mountain bikingBridge outBugsGreat!MuddyOver grownRocky

Trail begins at end of 580 Kuamoo Road at the Arboretum. Vehicular bridge closed however get across using the pedestrian path . Bridge washed out with second bridge getting close to being washed out . Will have to wade through waist deep large pond to get across Getting overgrown in some spots . Last 1/3 of trail unridable due to wet conditions , foliage overgrowth, and exposed coconut sized rocks due to flash flooding in various sections . Cool off in mountain stream at end of road but be AWARE of strong river current and Flash flooding . Check local weather Prior to enjoying this east side trail towards the center of Kauai ..Great fun !!

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Robert Stephens
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Heather Cunningham
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Hiking

Trail was as described. The first water crossing was about waist high. I’ll add, be careful. My Jeep got a slashed tire and I live here. Must not have noticed the roof rack, boat hitch and bumper sticker...

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RYAN User
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HikingBridge outBugsRockyWashed out

The trail has been seriously damaged from all the water since last year. The first spillway is not passable by ANY motorized vehicle whatsoever. There is no way up the other side with any vehicle (must be crossed by foot). Also, right before the spillway theres been a mudslide which made the path 4ft in width (was about 15ft). Right after the spillway is where the most eroded part of the path has occurred. Once this part fully erodes there will be no possible way to make the hike. After this theres only one small area where you'll be getting wet again but its just knee deep. The hike is epic, knowing once upon a time the trail was used many times for the film. Get to it now before rainy season hits, it might be your last chance! P.S. There is a road after the first spillway gated and locked by water management. This would be the only way to make it by vehicle but its not open to the public. Good luck!

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Ginger Saiki
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HikingWashed out

You must quarantine for 14 days if you are arriving from outside of Hawai'i before venturing out on our island!!! Know that rental vehicles are not covered in areas like this & companies are not suppose to be renting to quarantined people. I am happy that at the first crossing (at Keahua Arboretum) the bridge is blocked to vehicles since the last big storm hit this area. Kaua'i is beautiful, but it's a time that is needed for our people and the land to heal & rejuvenate. Like the ads say, we'll let you know when it's safe to come. Not now please!

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Larissa Rossen
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Hiking

Lovely trail with creek crossings. Was a little disappointed with the actual gate itself, only 2 poles remaining. Wish they left the actual gate there! It seemed a little overrated but beautiful nonetheless.

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Jennifer Huefner
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Hiking

We wanted a jungle hike with an obvious trail, and this was it! It’s a pretty easy in and out hike. If you love to hike and don’t mind getting wet and muddy, this is a great pick! The beauty of Kauai is best seen on this trail. It was in the top 2 of things we did while on Kauai! The ferns here are up to 15’ high! The bird songs are beautiful! We only saw 5 other people the whole time, so a great place to enjoy solitude and beauty. It’s only open to vehicles on the weekend, so do it on a weekday for optimal privacy and quiet. The pond one reviewer said was too mucky for her to cross wasn’t really bad at all. We went prepared to get wet and muddy, and we did! By time we were on our way back, we were glad to walk through that pond to rinse off a bit! We actually enjoyed the adventure, and recommend it for anyone who can walk 10 miles, which is what it clocked in at. Even older kids can do this one. There are 2 streams you must cross, which just adds to the fun. You shouldn’t go home with clean Keens anyway. It just wouldn’t be right not to have some Kauai mud on them! Highly recommend!

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Elena Bridges
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Hiking

Orange sign at beginning of road said temporarily closed but saw at least 5 jeeps and trucks blow past. Didn’t want to risk it with our Jeep rental. Walked around the bridge and saw the beautiful rainbow eucalyptus trees.

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Brooke Perez
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HikingBugsMuddyOver grownRockyScramble

Do NOT go on this trail without a guide. For starters we didn’t have a 4wd vehicle and even if we did, we wouldn’t have made it to the trailhead. It was over 4miles from the end of the paved road to get to the trailhead (that’s 8 miles not even of the actual hike!). Once we made it to the trailhead we had difficulty even finding the “trail.” The only reason we were able to make it to the first falls was because we followed what we later found out were hunters trails marked with pink ribbons which ended up being more of a scramble and further from the river. We later realized this route to the right was longer and more of a scramble than the route more along the river which we came back on. By the time we reached the first falls we reached our turn back time. Super muddy, slippery, wet, tons of mosquitos. We went 12.7 miles total from the end of the paved road to the first falls. Only go IF you are a very experience hiker and even then have a guide with you regardless.

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Beate Oeyen
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HikingMuddyPrivate propertyWashed out

I tried to get to the gate, walked over a few rivers and water holes, but came to a huge puddle that I didnt even attempt to cross. Still majestic views, and a good trail if you have proper shoes! I was told the trail is on private property, but I even met what I believe was the owners, and they just told me the trail was closed and guided me towards another trail- superfriendly! And I understand why the trail is closed :)

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Michelle Salameh
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. Be ready to get wet and muddy. Wear good hiking shoes. We couldn’t make it to the gate though. There was a large puddle that stopped us. I will walk through rivers, etc but this just didn’t look like something I wanted to trial! However, the guy behind us seemed ready to try it. So good luck!!

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Caro Ríos
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HikingMuddy

No recomiendo hacerlo en carro, las llantas de un auto rentado aunque sea Jeep (como el nuestro) no son adecuadas para la ruta que es demasiado peligrosa (puedes caer al agua o a las zanjas). Les cuento mi experiencia, pasando el canal de agua nos atascamos, pudimos seguir pero en cuanto hayamos un saque nos volvimos porque el sendero es muy estrecho y con grandes desniveles (la 4x4 apenas nos sacó). En todo caso podrían intentarlo a pie, quizás sea divertido y menos peligroso (incluso hay partes de un automóvil en una zanja, donde si se te va el coche...chao!), definitivamente en auto no, tampoco Jeep rentada. ¡Saludos!

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Mark Shigley
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Hiking

We walked in from the parking lot past the bridge. We brought water shoes and a small towel so we could change into them at the three fording sites and change back into dry socks and hiking shoes. At the fords, the water got up over my knees. If there had been a lot of rain, it will be higher. If you go past the gates, which are not impressive and easy to miss, and walk all the way to the end, then take the little trail on the left, you will be rewarded with a wonderful place to hang out at a little waterfall. If you brought swim trunks, you could dip into a little pool to cool off. Round trip for us was 10.2 miles. I don't know why this was listed as a point to point as there is no way out, but the way you came in. The trail is easy. The first and last miles have a few hills that are graded for motor vehicles, so they are not bad. The middle stretch is pretty flat. Toward the end there are a few large puddles, but you should be able to get around them without having to change your shoes.

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Graham Harrynuck
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HikingMuddyRocky

When we started this trail, we went up “power line trail”... do not, I repeat, do not drive passed the top of this trail. We did and we got insanely stuck. Had to call a company to pull us out. After getting pulled out ($$$$) we eventually started on the proper Jurassic Trail. We parked our Jeep just before the second washed out bridge and hiked the rest of the way. The hike was beautiful, muddy and rocky. When you get to the pond, that is covering the road, do not be deterred. Take the far left side; beware, the water on the left side looks shallow but is deceivingly DEEP. Eventually we arrived at the grey “Jurassic Park” concrete pillars, then hiked passed that for about a km. Have fun and good luck!

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