Awa'awapuhi Trail

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

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,125 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

no dogs

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Trail is all downhill which means it is all uphill coming back! Muddy the first mile. Tremendous views at the end! Certainly worth it!

hiking
1 day ago

The trail is quite strenuous, but not very difficult or dangerous. Just be careful if you go close to the edges and down the ridge. Well worth it in the end to get the absolutely gorgeous view! One of my best hikes ever!

hiking
4 days ago

Hiked this 2x. Once back in 2000 and then again in 2016! The view at the end stays with me always. Great exercise too! I am scared of heights and this was the perfect amount of holy shite!

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Went on a Saturday in mid January with group of 3 reasonably athletic people in their late 20s. Arrived at 0800 which was the perfect time to beat the crowds and get some beautiful shots with the sun in different positions. If you're fairly surefooted you should definitely venture past the warning signs on the end, the views are even more spectacular out there.

hiking
8 days ago

Great hike in Kauai for the amazing vista at the end. Interesting hike in closed in forest until then. PLEASE pick up your toilet paper when you pee in the outdoors. It doesn’t take that much effort. So discouraging to see tp all along the trail!!

8 days ago

This hike is spectacular! As middle-aged, active people, this hike wasn’t ‘difficult ‘ ; however, we went on a dry day. If it is raining or has recently rained, it can be challenging. We went past the railing at the end of the trail; had it been wet, we wouldn’t risk it. We’re constantly overcoming our fear of heights, so venturing down to the plateau was a big step. There is an even more precarious end and I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND GOING OUT THERE! The view of the valley, the coastline, the ocean will be imprinted in your minds and hearts forever. Casually walking and an hour stop at the end made our trip total, 4.5 hours.

hiking
8 days ago

Unexciting path leading to stunning vista!

hiking
10 days ago

Great trail, some hard slippery mud makes going down harder than going back up. Took us about 3 hours, not including time spent at the vistas at the bottom. Shaded and forested the entire way, no great views until you get to the end, but when you do they are spectacular. Really cool exposed ridge line at the end to get great photos and your heart pumping. GF wore chacos and got some blisters, so maybe wear shoes or boots to tie down your feet with some of the slipping.

Leave early in the morning to get the best views, avoid clouds, and avoid crowds. We were first on the trail and it was well worth it.

On weekends hunters are in the area. A sign recommends wearing bright clothing but we didn’t get hunted so maybe not a big deal.

hiking
14 days ago

A relatively unassuming first few miles gives way to a truly spectacular and one of a kind view on the spine. This is about as dramatic a trail as any out there in the last half mile. I’d compare it to Angels Landing in Zion, without a hundred other people jockeying for position (we saw 3-4 people in 3 hours out on the trail). Your legs will be cursing you on the way back up, but your mind will still be busy thinking about the view you just witnessed, so it won’t matter. It can get VERY muddy, so be prepared with good hiking boots, and if you enjoy your cartilage, poles. Would have loved to take the Nualolo Cliff Trail on the way back, as I think that would have enhanced the hike as a whole, but unfortunately we did this hike while that trail was still closed in 2016. Would definitely do this trail again, if only for the chance to sit on the edge of the world for 20 more minutes!

hiking
15 days ago

best rewarding view so far among all our hikes! all downhill and then the harder part is coming back up. muddy in a few patches and hiking shoes needed to avoid slips

hiking
15 days ago

Officially a Must Do hike!!! The views at the end are unreal, so MAKE SURE you go on a clear day. There isn't much to look at on the way so the payoff at the end is vital. Go as far as you're comfortable going down the ridge at the end, the views get better and better (Obligatory "Be careful", don't die). Solid cardio on the way back up for sure (2 hrs constantly going uphill), but the hike itself wasn't too difficult.

17 days ago

Great out and back hike. If you’re looking for something with views the whole way, this one isn’t it, but if you’re good hiking in some tree cover until the end, the views are 100% worth it. Views get even better if you get out onto the ridge cliffs. Could see how it would be difficult when it has recently rained, but with good conditions we did out and back in about 2 hours 15, not including the photo taking at the cliffs.

17 days ago

Amazing hike. Slippery in some spots so wear appropriate hiking shoes. Great workout, little more then 10k and worth every step. View at the end is incredible. Enjoy!

hiking
19 days ago

Great hike, but do yourself a favor and do the loop along with Nu'alolo . To be done on a clear day for the best view

hiking
22 days ago

Great trail and worth the payoff at the end. Way down was a solid downhill jaunt and was a bit muddy and wet (typical for this area and not difficult with the appropriate footwear). Way back was more challenging cardio-wise but easier to navigate the mud and roots. We were able to complete the trail in just under 4 hours. We started the hike and 10am and would not recommend starting after 2pm due to changing trail conditions and darkness (sun sets around 6).

27 days ago

4hours took. It was hard for us especially for husband age 62. But at the end of trail, it was amazing blue sky and ocean!

28 days ago

This is one of the best ridge trails on the island. If you could only do one between Nuololo, Awaawapui, Honopu, and Kalepa I’d suggest Awaawapuhi. It is a long enough trail to give you good feel of ridge hiking and a nice feeling of accomplishment, but is not terribly difficult. The views are amazing as with all the trails in this area. This is a must do hike.

hiking
1 month ago

MUD. The trail would not be very difficult if it weren't for the mud. Seriously be prepared. Take a walking stick (there are tons near the start from previous hikers) and then watch your footing! It could just be the time of year (winter), but this part of the island does get a huge amount of rain year round, so worth thinking about. Once you get past all the mud though, the view is pretty spectacular. It opens up into a massive valley where you're perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Stay for a few minutes and you'll see some helicopter tours come by, as well as a boat tour down below. Worth the trek in!

1 month ago

Difficult this time of yr. and slick in many parts of the trail. Views of the Na Pali coast are breathtaking!! Hike out is a bear if ur not in descent shape. Recommended by a brother in Christ at the Lihue church of Christ when we worshiped there on vacation.

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth the leg burn. Viewpoints that can only be accessed by boat or helicopter are available on this hike free of charge.

1 month ago

View at the end is beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing Trail! Go early in the morning to avoid the crowd. We went yesterday and arrived at the trail head at 10am. We completed the hike in about 3.5 hours and it was completely clear at the look out point and incredibly beautiful, if you are on the island this week you should go now while the weather is perfect for it. Definitely a VERY muddy hike, you need to be careful to not slip on your way down but it was all doable and there are a lot of walking sticks at the entrance to help you keep balance if needed.

The walk up can be steep in parts but for me it was easier than the way down because I didn't have to worry about slipping as much. We saw a family of goats and a small spotted baby pig on our way back up as well!

1 month ago

Great trail too bad it was too misty to see the overlook! i have friends who have done it a handful of times and never seen the overlook. Very muddy.

1 month ago

Took us 3hr and 40min. The way back up is definitely harder but not impossible! The view point at the end is the best thing I’ve ever seen. Love this trail!!!

hiking
1 month ago

4-18 took us about 3.5 hours. We left at about 7:40 AM incredible overlook at the end.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one amazing trail. Ensure that you bring solid hiking shoes or shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. The trail is super muddy and slick in the upper areas. Slippers or sandals are not recommended.

The trail starts off pretty fast going downhill for quite a while before it opens up. There are numerous changes in topography and foliage. By the time you get to the end of the trail, You are in for a treat. The trail opens up into amazing vistas of green and red mountains dropping all the way down to the beautiful blue Pacific ocean below.

If you are not afraid of heights, you could walk down to the very end of the trail, however of course, you do so at your own risk, as each side has 1000’ drops to the canyons below.

Now that you have enjoyed the wonderful vistas and had a nice lunch, it’s time for the charge all the way back up to the top. It gets a little tedious, since you’ve already seen everything once. but once you get to the cloud forest, it feels great.

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hiking
1 month ago

didn't get the best view due to some overhanging clouds however still a gorgeous site to see. the 3 miles downhill feels like a breeze... until you realize you have to go back up. make sure you give yourself ample time. I rushed through it alone and made it in about 2.5hrs round trip (hustling and regret it) the upward climb sucked for me. bring lots of water and snacks.

the view is perfect in the right conditions, try to go in the mid morning or early afternoon. I wouldn't start this hike after 4pm. 3pm is even pushing it for winter sunset (6pm)

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. it's all downhill on the way so it seems very easy so keep in mind that it is 3miles of uphill the way back. It was only muddy for the first mile on and off the next 2 were dry and gorgeous. So many pretty views on the way and breathtaking when you get to the end. 100% worth it. Once you get to the end there is a fairly skinny edge that takes you out further if your not scared of heights I would reccomend doing it. You see everything around the end of it when you get there, makes for a great photo.

2 months ago

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the great view at the end that was supposed to make it all worth it :( it was really foggy and you could barely see the people on the vista point. The trail itself is way below average to me. The downhill is sketchy when wet and you only get views at the end, and the entire time you're walking through the most boring jungle. Definitely not worth it if it was raining and you're suspecting overcast.

hiking
2 months ago

Excellent trail. Nearly all downhill en route to the end views and therefore entirely uphill heading back. Varying jungle forests and lots of roots to climb over but the views at the end are dramatic and worth it. Nā Pali coast views never let you down, so keep going even down to the dangerous precipice.

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