Awa'awapuhi Trail

MODERATE 194 reviews
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Awa'awapuhi Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

hiking
3 days ago

One of the best views of Na Pali coast. Trail is decent. Even heard the wild goats in the valley

5 days ago

Absolutely wonderful views at the end.

23 days ago

A pleasant forest hike for 95% of the time, ending at truly one of the best views you'll ever see. Don't do this if you don't think you have the time to make it to the end - the hike is nice but the view is what makes it. There are a few nice vistas along the way but they don't even compare to the end. Only moderately muddy when we did it, took about 3 hours at a brisk pace including 20 minutes at the overlook.

hiking
23 days ago

As others have said, this trail is extremely muddy, and given the weather I can’t imagine it ever fully dries out. I highly recommend trekking poles and boots, as I would have most certainly fallen multiple times without them. The couple we hiked with didn’t have poles, but people had left their walking sticks by the sign at the trailhead for others to use.

The trail is under canopy for the first 2/3 or so before it opens up to the cliffs—the shade was a welcome respite from the sun, especially on the way back up.

The hike in required sure-footing and the trek out was pretty strenuous, but the view at the end is absolutely worth it. I recommend getting an early start (we were on the trail by 8 AM) as the trail got crowded by the time we hiked out and the clouds started rolling in, obstructing the view.

hiking
28 days ago

Today this trail was very muddy, which made it slippery in places. Found hiking poles and good boots invaluable. We actually found it more difficult downwards, because of the mud. The return hike back up was of course more strenuous, but we were up faster than it took us to get down.

The views at the end are breathtaking and would be worth robbing through the mud (but it isn't *that* bad...)

Total round trip time, including 20 minutes of panoramic views and venturing out to the more exposed view locations at the end of the trail was about 3:20

hiking
1 month ago

Reached the end of the hike after about 1.5hrs of sliding through the mud. There were some fun spots along the trail but mostly downhill the whole way there. The view at the end is absolutely incredible. The fog rolled in and out of the valley between the trail and the ocean which made for some great pictures. There's a better view by climbing across a narrow pass of rocks with large cliffs on either side. I'd only recommend this to those with high experience and balance. The hike back was a bit more advanced but overall an easy trail and absolutely recommend!

1 month ago

Muddy the first mile. Incredible views at the end. Wait a few minutes if it’s cloudy.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely incredible trail. It rained before we got to the trail which made for a very muddy adventure, but it was only a concern on the way out while going downhill. One of the most jaw dropping views I’ve seen and well worth the muddy trek. Car to car in about 3 hours including about 30 minutes spent eating lunch at the end of the trail on the ridge. Do this hike, you will not regret it even if you fall down and get a little muddy (:

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome

1 month ago

We did this about two years ago and loved it. Our 10 and 12 year old sons did it with us, so it’s not too hard. Definitely recommend it.

1 month ago

Simply incredible view at the end!

1 month ago

Completed this today. Was amazing. Trail was much easier on the way in as it is mostly downhill. Coming back is basically all uphill but the end makes it all worth it. Could not recommend his enough. Just bring enough water and watch yourself on slippery roots. We started the hike at about 8am and we’re back at the car by 11:30. We saw a total of 18 people on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible! If you are a EXPERIENCED hiker go down the little ridge at the end and climb to the peak in the middle of the valleys. Insane

2 months ago

As others have said, this is a mucky trail, mostly forested, but the view at the end is gorgeous.

hiking
2 months ago

Trail isn’t too bad, didn’t feel very steep and it’s well maintained, but I’d probably skip this one if it’s rainy or socked in. I did this as part of the Nualolo/Awaawapuhi loop. Pretty sure it was around 11 miles for the loop. Not much to see along the way but I guarantee it ends at one of the most amazing places you’ll ever stand. You can go out on the ridge past the lookout point but be careful... one misstep and you’ll fall 2000ft. It’s so narrow in one spot you can straddle the ridge. Pictures do no justice. The view from the ridge creates a weird feeling like everything is warping up around you.

2 months ago

Muddy the first mile but pretty dry the rest. First 2 Miles is just a forest hike with one sneak peak. Last mile has more to offer and the end is gorgeous. Down the entire way and up the way back.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike. Trail was in great, dry, condition with only a few tacky spots. Even in the wet/mud this trail would be passable for most people, just slower. Amazing views at the end, Best seen beyond the handrail and further along the ridge, take caution though.

3 months ago

I will try to provide some details that I think most reviews have left out:

- the trail(>90%) is poorly designed and horribly maintained, reasons which cause it to suffer from erosion and a less-than-ideal/safe hiking experience, very slick even without rainfall

- total round trip from car to lookout is 6.2 miles

-despite the majority of the trail resembling a magic school bus ride down King Kong's colon, the view at the end is worth it(must hike down to the very small outcropping)

-highly recommend hiking poles and studded shoes or yaktrax

3 months ago

Very muddy trail for about 80%... Which is very slippery on the downward hike. Only 1-2 falls with a pair of hiking sticks but stupidly treacherous on the ankles and knees for a vacation trail. I would recommend yaktraks if you're reading this in advance. This would be a 5 star review if there were better views along the way. There were a couple overlooks along the way, but for the most part you have no view. The view at the end is beautiful. In all, the end is totally worth the hike... I wish the trail was better maintained and not so slick. (It had rained in the previous 24 hours did not rain during the hike)

hiking
3 months ago

Muddy fun trek. I’d recommend walking poles and big lug boots. View is worth the trip down.

hiking
4 months ago

The view at the end is AMAZING!

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail. Hiking until the end is through the rain forest. It gets very slippery when it rains but should be manageable with hiking shoes. One of the best trails in Kauai

4 months ago

Even though it poured rain for over 2 hours of this hike, having it clear up for 10 minutes at the ending viewpoint made it worth it. Trail was a little slick and very muddy from all of the rain. Waiting 30 minutes at the end of the trail for the downpour to stop was worth it, looking down on the ridge lines and ocean was amazing (though very short-lived). I’d also recommend going in the morning, and bringing something waterproof to store your electronics in, because rain is pretty much a given this time of year. Rain jacket is a plus for warmth, though it will likely be soaked through pretty quickly. The rain also makes the narrow path out to the tip of the viewpoint very slippery, be careful!

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing vista at the end

4 months ago

Stunning view from end of trail. Bring water. Go early as clouds tend to gather later in the day.

5 months ago

A perfect hike, a must do! The trail is easy to walk on and the Vista at the end is worth it!

hiking
5 months ago

Lente descente sur le haut des falaises. Vue sur le Pacifique 750 mètres plus bas: Impressionnant!
Première partie un peu glissante. Des bâtons sont bienvenus après la pluie.

walking
5 months ago

A good hike to stretch the legs on with stunning views at the end. Don’t let the ascent profile worry you it’s a nice climb out

hiking
5 months ago

Wet and slippery going down the ridge most of the way, but the sun came out right at the end of the trail with an amazing rainbow and a miraculous view! Hike out was much easier as it started to dry up, but still testing how well your shoes can grip the mud.

hiking
6 months ago

Great views but mundane trail descent. Hike back out has 2-3 step section, but for the most part wasn’t that hard.

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