Pihea Vista Trail

MODERATE 222 reviews
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Pihea Vista Trail is a 3.7 kilometer 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.

Distance: 3.7 km Elevation Gain: 139 m Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

hiking
7 hours ago

Hit the trail as early as you can for the best sightseeing opportunities!

hiking
10 days ago

Good trail, muddy with lots of ups and down. However, the view is not that much better at the end of the trail

hiking
muddy
11 days ago

Great views at several sections of the hike. The second last view is probably the best. The trail ends strangley as we got to where google maps said the Phia Vista Junction was but it seemed like the trail went on in two directions on was the swamp and other was a fence line but unsure if that is actually a trail. some sections were muddy and a bit of a climb but definitely doable. The views are lovely and worth it.

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

1 month ago

Easy hike, fabulous views. Definitely do this one, especially on a clear day!

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

You get the most amazing views in the first part of this hike. Around the first half mile it starts to get muddy and gets even muddier up until the very end. Make sure to wear something other than flip flops if you plan to go the whole way.

hiking
2 months ago

Highly recommended for a beautiful view, there are multiple points to stop and look out at the mountains below and it is truly breathtaking. It was muddy but not terrible after it had rained the day before. Tougher trail by the end, basically strait up at a few points but not extremely hard. You could always stop before it gets harder and still get some amazing views.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is well worth the drive. Amazing views and the trail is absolutely beautiful. Really beautiful. A lot of clay and a little bit of climbing towards the end. Wouldn’t be fun if it’s wet. This is one of the prettier scenic hikes that I’ve ever done. We started at 8 and got to the end about 20 min before the clouds socked is is in which created a different kind of magic.

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
scramble
2 months ago

Stunning views! We arrived shortly before 8 am and were the second car in the lot. It was completely silent and the skies were clear and absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommend this hike for someone who wants to hike a little -- not a lot. It took us about 2.5 hours to go the 2.7 miles, including many stops for pictures. Don't try this in the rain or in flip-flops -- running shoes would work, but I was happy to have my hiking boots. Portions are very muddy and there is a lot of scrambling up muddy, slippery inclines near the end of the hike. The clouds had rolled in obscuring the views as we arrived back at the lot. The lot was almost full when we got back and lots of people were heading up the road . Go as early as you can manage.

hiking
2 months ago

Unfortunately we went a little too late in the day so the fog had set in, but a cool hike nonetheless. We got a very quick look at Kalalau Valley when the fog cleared briefly.

hiking
scramble
2 months ago

Head ALL the way to the end of the Wiamea Canyon road to get to the Pu'u O Kila lookout, trailhead is painfully obvious, and the trail itself is easy with a few 'moderate' sections if it is wet. Mostly shaded with a nice variety of Fern Forrest, 'Tree Tunnel', and similar sections with nice vistas along the way. When we went the Nāpali side was completely cloud covered (made for a really cool/misty hike) with mist blowing across the path frequently giving it a mysterious feel. The Wai'ale'ale side was very clear with a few clouds blowing across as you watch. First time hiking it, would definitely do it again, but plan to add the Alakai Swamp to the total hike.

hiking
2 months ago

We extended the vista trail a bit and went down the Alakai trail far enough to get to the pine trees — well worth it - you feel like you are in a Japanese storybook. Trail along the ridge has amazing vistas. When we did it it was dry conditions. Very fun walk with great range of terrains and environments.

hiking
2 months ago

Our first Kauai hike. Great hike, beautiful views of ocean and Napali coast valley. Obvious trail throughout. Mostly a steady hike, but a fair bit of bouldering/ rock scrambling. Also, a lot of would-be muddy or slippery areas if recent rains, but it was dry for us and a lot of fun. We always hike with poles and they came in handy greatly for the rocky, pitted terrain, especially coming down. Overall, great hike!

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

Amazing hike! Fantastic views all the way of Kalalau Valley. Easy to see how a paradise like that was populated until 1919 despite being so isolated. The view at the end is actually a little worse than many views along the way. You can get a good view of the Alaka'i Swamp--similar to what can be seen at the end--by climbing the large rock to the left as you descend the initial muddy hill. The real reward at the end is the very fun dirt scrambles near the top. Today was probably quite dry. If it were very muddy, those scrambles would be much more difficult. Very fun terrain. Fantastic views. Fog did not roll in until around 1100.

hiking
bugs
muddy
3 months ago

Great hike along this trail today. Route is quite easy to follow. Quite worn underfoot and muddy in some areas. Quite a few climbing sections, particularly towards Pihei junction. Hiking poles would be an advantage. Go early, suspect it’s quite treacherous if wet, but we had great weather.

4 months ago

Get there early. The last part of the climb to the vista is a challenge. at least for some. The views along the trail are amazing but climbing to the vista isn't worth the effort. Careful of the mud (slippery). I fell coming back down from the vista and tore up my arm. Climb could be dangerous if not careful. All in all it was fun and beautiful. Got great photos.

hiking
4 months ago

Did the hike a few days ago. Great hike with beautiful views. Recommend hiking polls for those slippery areas.

hiking
4 months ago

Can't say it enough, get there early. The parking lot fills up and the trail gets busy quick. The views you get along the trail itself are amazing (they open up from almost the very beginning), and because of this, if you reach a point where you feel like you can't continue, you won't leave having missed the great views you came for. If you're looking to complete the entire trail, as others have said, it is slippery and you will have to do a little climbing. Overall not too difficult.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views of the Na Pali coast. Trail is quite washed out but pretty dry (5/14/19). Only went to the look out before clouds rolled in so we headed back. Forgot to turn recorder off.

hiking
muddy
no shade
4 months ago

Nice views and easy trail. Be prepared for mud and get there early to be sure your views aren’t clouded out.

hiking
muddy
no shade
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Great time and place!!!

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