Awa'awapuhi Trail

MODERATE 158 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

6 days 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

7 days 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
26 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

The view at the end is AMAZING!

hiking
1 month 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

1 month 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
1 month ago

Amazing vista at the end

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

2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 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.

3 months ago

Definitely a must, however best on a sunny day. We started around 10 AM and it started raining after an half hour down. By the time we were down to the cliff, it was pouring. The view is still great but much more enjoyable without the fog and rain ! You can go a little further down closer to the ridge in good weather.
On the way back the trail transformed in a running stream of water so keep that in mind before heading down in the rain ;-)

The trip is marked as 6.5 miles round trip. 3.25 miles down to the cliff and then back to the parking lot.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful trail. The best part of the island.

4 months ago

Wow ! Belle hike intermédiaire qui se fait en 4 heures environ. La vue est splendide :)

4 months ago

An easy on the way in hike strenuous on the way out. Most of the time it's the other way around. Trail was in good condition and shaded most of the way which was really nice when climbing back out. The view is spectacular, one of our favorites of all time. You can be a dare devil at the end and go out on the outcrop. It's straight down on either side but you don't have to as the view is great from the safety of the rail. Highly recommend this hike. The view is second to none. What a wonderful piece of the world.

hiking
6 months ago

This is a well-maintained trail, walking through thick forests and beautiful ferns to the viewpoint on the Napali Coast. Pretty comfortable on a warm day, since so much is in shade and partial shade. Well worth it, though the climb back up to the parking lot is strenuous, compared to the ease of walking in mostly downhill. Has no views of the Canyon, so not a good choice perhaps for a first venture into the Canyon area. Website is inaccurate on distance - it is 6.5 miles.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike but blocked view towards the end of trail. Try again another time.

hiking
6 months ago

The views at the end of the 3.25 mile trek in are absolutely stunning! Be warned that the trail to the viewpoint is continually downhill, which is easy. It gets hard once you have to come back up. It's a steady (and at times) difficult incline all the way back, which is another 3.25 miles.
I'd rate this trail as moderate. It started to pour on me when I was coming back up the path, which made it incredibly slippery and difficult to climb.
The path itself isn't too difficult. I saw two young kids hiking this trail with their parents. Anyone in reasonably good shape should be able to do this hike.
If anything, do this trail for the fantastic views of the Na Pali coast - you won't regret it!
(Note: I'd read on this website that the trail was 5.7 miles, but it's clearly marked as being 6.5 miles round trip)

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