Okolehao Trail to Hihimanu Trail

HARD 22 reviews

Okolehao Trail to Hihimanu Trail is a 8.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.9 km Elevation Gain: 731 m Route Type: Out & Back

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views

wild flowers

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scramble

13 days ago

Challenging hike well worth the view. Bring a camelback and bars to take on the intense incline to the top. We counted 30 ropes after the bench with the last 15-20 ropes being difficult. Very scratchy on the legs with dead ferns cutting your shins and arms. Wearing tall socks or leggings will help shield the barbs. Highly recommended for the skilled hiker, would not recommend to people afraid of heights (doh!)

hiking
16 days ago

Challenging trail, gets overgrown after the bench. It was fun to do dry, not sure how the footholds would be in wet conditions on the steep parts. We only made it to the 1.75 marker because we made the mistake not bringing a backpack to hold our water. Didn’t feel comfortable not hands free. Use a camel back to keep your hands on the ropes!

hiking
muddy
over grown
1 month ago

Decent trail. After the benches is a bit over grown. The last .8 miles looks like it would take 2 hours. The .8 miles has a 1000 ft to cover. We did not come prepared with enough water. It looks like the view up there would be nice.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Steep, muddy, progressively more fun. Rain would have made it a party. Sad it didn’t. Would do again.

hiking
over grown
rocky
scramble
washed out
1 month ago

Trail was very tough, fortunately it was dry when we went, for some of it. We were hiking very fast. After we got to the top, it started raining so it was quite slippery on the way down. It was very overgrown, so our legs got pretty torn up. The 2 miles involved a lot of climbing with ropes. Once you get past the 1.75 Mile marker, you will go down and up a few times, roughly 4-5 ropes until you get to the final mountain. The mountain itself will have 13-14 ropes until you are at the solo tree at the top. I wouldn’t do the hike again, but it was a great experience and i am glad we did it!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

The distance is underestimated. It is closer to 10km and it took us 7 hours. Be prepared: good hiking shoes, wear trousers ans long sleeves (the flora is itchy). But what a reward to reach the top! Really muddy and slippery today (it was raining last night).

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

Very muddy trail but extremely fun if you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. The trail is actually much longer than what most people hike. The first part of the hike will take you to the first viewing point where you can see all of Hanalei Beach. Off to the left of that viewing point you will see another trail. That trail is very fun! It will take you to areas with AMAZING views. You can see both Hanalei beach and Kilauea. You can even see the lighthouse, (if it’s not cloudy) It really is worth it. We hiked a little bit past the 1.75 mile marker where the Okolehao trail meets another trail. We did not continue onto the other trail. I would say that the 1.75 mile marker is a good spot to turn around if you do not want to hop onto the other trail. Don’t be fooled by the 1.75 mile marker, it’s all uphill and it’s seems like it’s more than 1.75 miles. I would like a remeasure on that trail please :). All in all, great trail and beautiful views!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike with Views Lots of mud and steep with few fallen trees on trail Worth the Views at the top!

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

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