Awa'awapuhi Trail

MODERATE 167 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

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

hiking
19 days 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.

21 days 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
30 days 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.

1 month 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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

The view at the end is AMAZING!

hiking
2 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

2 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
2 months ago

Amazing vista at the end

2 months ago

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

3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
4 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.

4 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
5 months ago

Beautiful trail. The best part of the island.

5 months ago

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

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