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Pihea Vista Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 456 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy
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Larissa Rossen
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Scenic drivingMuddyScramble

Well trodden trail with beautiful views from start to finish. The last section before the vista gets really muddy and didn’t really add any additional views. The busiest hike that we have done in the last 6 months!

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Lisa Knight
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HikingMuddy

At least for now, go early and wear your hiking boots. We saw beautiful views on the way up, around 9am but on the way back down the clouds had rolled in obscuring the view completely. The path is steep in places and very muddy in others. It’s slippery, also. Leave your flip flops, new Nike’s, Tom’s shoes , babies and pregnant loved ones behind (all of which we saw on their way up). This trail is not for that. We were prepared and it was fun and challenging.

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Madeline Barga
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Hiking

Steep places to climb which made it a fun challenge!

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Bethenie Glamm
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Hiking

We got here to late and it was way too cloudy.. there were no views at all!

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Jeremy Hall
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Hiking

This is a stunning hike. Excellent views, especially early on. The ease at the beginning is deceptive. The difficulty ramps up about half way through. Due to the large amount of rain here, the trail is almost always slippery, hiking boots are essentially a necessity; if you have hiking poles, I'd recommend those as well. There are slippery inclines which are almost a straight vertical climb at some points, and if you're inexperienced or out of shape, I would advise against venturing beyond the initial easier portions of the trail. Overall though, it's great!

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Dave Nance
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Hiking

Need to go early to see views. Amazing hike. Top 3 in Kauai.

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Paul Wheeler
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HikingFloodedMuddyScramble

Was on the trail before 10 am but was already enclosed in cloud and rained the entire hike. Parts of trail very flooded and extremely slippery. We had to wash off mud in bathroom afterwards and change clothes. Bring a towel! Feel we wasted 2 hours of our day.

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Douglas Sears
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Hiking

Heavy rains, earlier in the week, made it difficult to enjoy all of this trail. However, I doubt we woulda saw anything as spectacular as we did, at the start. The clouds briefly rolled in/out which was quite impressive

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Brian Schnack
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Bird WatchingMuddy

What a blast. Got there at 0700, had it to ourselves. Bring walking sticks / poles for the clay scramble portions. It’s a blast. Great opportunities to see Kauai’s endangered native birds.

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Steph Smi
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HikingFeeMuddyScrambleWashed out

$5 fee to park. There is a good amount of parking but when we came back down at 11:30 it was full. We did it when it was light rain (but the whole drive was sunny until we got to the state park) which was refreshing, but the fog prevented us from seeing the complete left side towards the ocean. Not super muddy until about halfway in and then it does get muddy with a scramble up rocks and such to move on. End point, when not foggy, likely very pretty as it’s at the very top, but we also felt like most of the trail you get a similar view with openings in the trees to look left and right so no real need to go to the very end. Left is sea view with mountains, right is forest trees.

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Charles Zimmerman
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HikingMuddy

Great hike. Most of the time the clouds had settled in, but there was a small window of time when we could see the ocean and the Napali Coast Mountains...beautiful! However, by the time we reached the lookout, the clouds were back. I read where it is best to arrive early in the morning for both parking and to avoid the afternoon clouds settling in; next time we will try that. The views when we had them were incredible. Be prepared to get muddy. We used micro spikes and walking sticks which helped immensely.

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susan stucker
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Did this trail yesterday afternoon after a misty foggy morning. Beautiful clear views most of the way but quite muddy. Used walking sticks and saw people with cleated walking shoes which we did not have but we did wear hiking boots and glad we did! Definitely go early to get parking spot and normally clear morning views.

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Aurora Stiles
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HikingMuddy
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Ryan K
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HikingFeeMuddyScramble

Tough trail with beautiful view of valley and ocean at end and throughout. Although it’s relatively short, this trail is slow going because it’s quite muddy and slippery at points. It also requires some rock scrambling in places.

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Kyle Wood
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Hiking

Spectacular views in between the clouds. Can be slippery in spots so just be aware of your steps.

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AllTrails User
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Hiking

Breathtaking views-but go early before clouds come (get to top before 10 am) No rain last couple of days so it wasn’t as treacherous -use hiking sticks and good trail shoes-no sneakers or sandals-good 20 degrees cooler at start of trail than at sea level.

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Mike Neuvel
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HikingMuddy
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Lauren Neuvel
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David Crawford
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HikingMuddy

Cool to begin at 55 degrees so started with light jackets. It’s been dryer the past few days so the trail was in decent condition but you will get muddy. Hiked it 4 years ago and it is now more overgrown in spots but easily doable. My wife would have liked hiking pants but I was fine in shorts. We are in our mid fifties and took our time on the slippery sections. The lookout at the end of the Swamp Trail was socked in but the hike is well worth the 5 hours it took.

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Mimi C
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HikingMuddy

360 vistas worth it! Even in hiking boots with sticks the trail was slippery with mud, esp on the steeper volcanic rocky sections at the beginning. Easier coming up than going down. We were advised by a couple gents who were exiting as we arrived at the trail head that really only the first 0.25-0.5 mi were worth while... they were covered in mud. If you want best photos then go super early in the a.m. as the clouds were rolling in to make the incredible Pacific Ocean views over the canyon quite hazy by 11 am or so.

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Liam Redinger
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