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Upper Powerline Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.8 mi Elevation gain 770 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

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Bird watching

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Forest

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Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Over grown

Washed out

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Paul Franson
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HikingOver grown

Hiked on winter. Last mile (which I did not hike) was complete swamp. A couple of good lookout views toward Hanalei along the way.

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Audrey V
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Very disappointed with this trail. No view, muddy, over grown plants, and no sign. If they took care of the trail you can probably see a gorgeous view. I do not recommend.

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John Mcculloch
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Hiking

The three of us started at the Arboretum trailhead at 6;08am. Not quite sure what to expect on our quest to reach Hanalei, we packed 3 to 4 litres of water, light gear in case of a forced bivvy, food for a day and a half, and machetes Lessons learned Arm and leg protection definitely required Machetes not really, but handy in a few spots Hot, dry day so 4 litres worked well All trails gps map handy for really overgrown sections Suggest salt tablets to stave off cramps or whatever works Since the days prior were dry we ran into only a little muck toward the end on the Hanalei side. Most of the trail was dry. Incredible views of ocean to the north and east Saw no one No litter The hike was demanding but very rewarding We were lucky to secure a ride back to the Arboretum from Jessica. Thank you Jessica. We finished the hike at 2:50 pm Do it again? Absolutely!

Mark Shigley
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HikingMuddyOver grown

Started and finished on Hanalei side. The trail is pretty easy up to about mile 1.7, then it gets marshy and starts to require some work. You must start this trail with the understanding that your boots are going to get soaked and muddy. That will save you a lot of time trying to break new paths around the swampy patches, because no matter what you do, you are going to go through water deeper than your shoes. The were two points where we hit mud deeper than our boot tops, so be sure that you keep them laced tightly or they may get sucked off. There was another point where we had to wade two or three steps in knee- deep water. We decided to turn around when the app told us we were at the end of the trail at 2.5 miles. Apart from a power line pole, there was nothing on the ground that would indicate the trail ended. The little stream we had been following continued just as before. Most of the views occur well within the first mile and they include amazing views of the Hanalei River and a few waterfalls. The final 0.7 miles are only for those who want a "Verified Complete" tag on their recording, or perhaps who are pushing through to the southern part of the powerline. Otherwise, it is a slog without much to see.

Brian Durant
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This trail is completely overgrown 1.5 miles in. Usually use the app for trail running, but past a certain point the grass was upwards of 6’ tall and footing not so clear. Trail was interwoven with pig or hunter trails. Yes, saw lots of dog tracks at the beginning which tends to indicate hunters...not something I want to be walking around in 6’ tall grass knowing hunters could be nearby. Trail was basically an access road to the point it got overgrown. Oh well, was hoping to put in a solid 10 -14 miler given its connection to the other side of powerline. Got in 2 miles before I turned around. Couldn’t run past 1.5 miles or so

Maya Cohen
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This trail is no longer maintained. It's mostly used for ATVs. There were quite a few swampy areas I waded through - the water was up to my thighs. About 2 miles in, it became impossible to see the trail. Rather than getting lost I turned around. Was a decent trek but I wouldn't recommend it - there are way better trails in Kauai.

Daniel Savchenko
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Hiking

Only take this trail if it's few dry days passed - when it's wet its not possible to go through. I couldn't make all the way because of that and I hadn't enjoy walking near the powerline much.

Anna Walker
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Jim Berglind
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Brian .
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Jason Johnson
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Tim Diego
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kevin koepsel
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E. Servais
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Veronica Allison
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Jeff Barton
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Ronaldo Lang
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laurie culligan
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Mary Frandsen
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Theodore Waddelow
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JD Irons
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Myndie Preble
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Jack Gadzala
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Randy Levensalor
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Daniel Savchenko
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