Powerline Trail (from the south) is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Kapaʻa, 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.

Length10.1 miElevation gain1,906 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersWildlifeOver grown
Waypoints (0)
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (15)
Photos (134)
Activities (7)
Completed (36)
View user's profile page
Michael B
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 14, 2019
HikingBugsMuddyOver grown

Oww my legs

View Michael's activity
View user's profile page
Tyson Berryman
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 6, 2019
HikingBlowdownNo shadeOver grownWashed out

Unless you are hiking just for the miles, this trail(and I use that term loosely) is waaaaayy overgrown and hard to follow. If you do decide to take it, wear long pants and take extra water. The vines will cut your legs and ankles.

View user's profile page
Addison Berryman
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 6, 2019
HikingMuddyNo shadeOver grown

Would not recommend without pants, views are not worth the trouble

View user's profile page
Anna Becker
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJuly 3, 2019
HikingMuddyOver grown

A fight with thorny raspberries and super thick non native vegetation almost all the way to the top. Muddy, slippery, just pretty miserable in general, except climbs aren’t bad at all. Would not recommend for someone looking for an enjoyable hike. However! This trail will get you to the top of the ridge if you can navigate through the fields of tall grass where the trail has disappeared. So, if you need to get up there for whatever reason (work for me), this trail will do it. (I just went up from here and back down.) but I’m not sure the views are worth the fight up! Note that the signage at the trailhead does say this trail is unmaintained: absolutely no joke there. You have to squint in many spots to guess at where the trail is!

View user's profile page
Bérenger Zyla
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 21, 2019
HikingOver grown

We hiked 3 miles in then out from the South. The trailhead has a sign that warns that the trail is unmaintained, and indeed, it was way overgrown. But the nature is amazing up there, you get to hike under the roots of some giant trees, and have some spots with beautiful views.

View user's profile page
Ashli Hunter
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 7, 2019
Hiking

The parking for this is just passed the bridge over the river. Theres a small trail through beautiful ecalptyus trees to the bathrooms. If you have a 4 wheel drive you can venture the road up more but we had a rental. The curve up the road has a really pretty view of the trees. We only made it half a mile since this trail a pretty much all mud and deep ravines of water. This road continues on to the trail to the Jurassic Park.

View user's profile page
John Butler
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 12, 2018

most of the trail was washed out due to the heavy rains in April. it is a rough hike especially with the trail being washed out up near Princeville. and since this road is not maintained I don't think it's going to be accessible anytime soon. hiking 3 to 4 miles turn around and head back. or find another Trail.

View user's profile page
Ed Markel
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 26, 2017

five star four wheel drive trail for the experienced only...not bad brah

View user's profile page
A R
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 20, 2005
First to Review

This is a great trail only if you do not mind mud, mudholes, and frequent showers. The views from different parts of the powerline trail are amazing. The first 4+ miles to the trail summit is pure Hawaii rain forest and jungle. We walked the 10.5 mile trail to the northern trailhead where we were picked up. We are a couple, 58 year old male and 56 year old female. The trail was strenuous for us and very wet. It took us 7 1/2 hours to complete the one way Powerline Trail. Well worth it one time. There was no one else on the trail after the first mile, only us, so be prepared to be alone. Cell phones did work on most of the trail.

View user's profile page
Travis Taylor
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 25, 2019
Hiking
View user's profile page
Bryan Welton
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 24, 2019
Hiking
View Bryan's activity
View user's profile page
Kaleb Nelson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 11, 2019
Hiking
View Kaleb's activity
View user's profile page
Geoffrey Smith
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 9, 2019
Hiking
View Geoffrey's activity
View user's profile page
Sara Hanrahan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 24, 2018
View user's profile page
Virginia (Bonnie) LeLesch
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 28, 2016
View Virginia (Bonnie) 's activity