Captain Cook's Monument Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Captain Cook, Hawaii. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Short hike down, long hike back. When out of the tall grass and scrubby trees, big view of sea, water is lovely. otherwise uninteresting trail. At shore, Many tourists coming off boats anchored in bay, so crowded but it was spring break holiday (for some). Water lovely. Would do again.
The only thing that can be difficult about it is the heat. The snorkeling at the bottom is great. Lots of mongoose running around the trail. Views are awesome. The exposed lava field is the hottest part of the trail but we were lucky with a nice breeze from the sea. Wear good shoes. Make sure to stop at Oshima's market and grab some Hinano beer 22 ounce bottles. Our only mistake was not bringing enough.
Moderate my ass. Worth the hike though. Going in is easy, although rough and loose footing. 45-50 minutes will get you to the Monument. Going back up is another story. It took me twice as long climbing back up, I had to stop every 500 feet or so to catch my breath. Of course, being a 230 lb, 50 year young male might have a little bit to do with it. It kicked my but. Just a note, the next day I did another moderate rated trail, Green sand beach which is a couple miles longer round trip and that was a breeze. Next week I will do the 8 mile roundtrip hike to the lava flow again. Went 3 times last August.
Very good Trail! Captain Cook was a genial navigator! By
discovering the Islands, he came to the best snorkling place of Hawaii!
Fantastic hike! It was not easy to find tho because it isn't called Captain Cooks Hike. The hike up is rather difficult because it is all up hill, but well worth it! The amount of fish in the lagoon area at the bottom as well as the monument made it all well worth the sweat.
Agree with most other reviews - easy downhill, moderate to hard uphill; would add that going later in the day (starting at 2 pm like we did) helps a lot. You start to get some benefit of shade downhill and get some breezes on the way up without the relentless heat and sunshine. At the end of the trail you can drop right in to snorkel - just keep and eye out for sea urchins and kayak companies launching in and out - otherwise perfect for kids and beginners. Lots of fish to see. If you head to the trail on the left it's a short few steps to Captain Cook's monument and the inner bay. We saw dolphins out further and it was definitely not overloaded with other snorkelers, tour boats or kayakers in later afternoon.
awesome trail highly recommend it going down was easy but coming up was a bit difficult and some parts are unstable and slippery due to small pebbles. All in all great hike go and do it if u take kids younger than 10 it may be tough for them
This hike leads to a wonderful area great for snorkeling and excellent fish viewing!