Kalepa Ridge Trail

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Kalepa Ridge Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
685 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

over grown

scramble

Difficult trail along Kalepa Ridge above the Kalalau Valley in Kokee St. Park that features spectacular views. Primary reference: http://www.hawaii-guide.com/kauai/hiking_trails/kalepa_ridge_overlooking_kalalau_valley

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3 days ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

The trail was hard but well worth the effort. For a middle-aged pudgy guy who's done many expert trails in South Dakota and Maine this was probably one of the hardest. But all you had to do was take your time and the pictures are worth 1000 words. Novices can do the trail as long as you take your time watch your footing and use your brain. Plan on about two hours round-trip.

hiking
2 months ago

Not for the faint of heart, but amazing views! Very narrow trail with steep ledges. We started about 3:00 pm. It was clear when we started then the mist came in so that we could not see anything below the trail. Mist cleared right at the end to reveal some breathtaking views and stayed that way for our hike back up. Wore shorts and got a few scratches from the brush but totally worth it.

2 months ago

short but hard and worth the views.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is a little crazy but it's well worth it if you're up for the adventure! You'll find the entrance behind the green fence at the Kalalau lookout. You'll descend through trees for a good amount of the trail - and thank goodness the trees are there because the trail is steep and muddy, you'll find yourself catching on to trees and roots to not fall. Be prepared to get dirty. It flattens out after a bit and the views are absolutely amazing. I would also recommend wearing pants because you have to hike through a thin path in brush which can scrape up your legs. Enjoy!!!

2 months ago

Incredible hike with the most Amazing views of the Napali Coast from above. Great cardio workout as it's mostly uphill when returning. Enjoyed the conversation with other hikers along the way. Aloha

2 months ago

this is actually a 3.2 mile round trip. very beautiful and dangerous if you go past the "end" of the marked trail. must be dry conditions

4 months ago

4 months ago

Beautiful ! Even though the fog rolled in on us, it made for some great photos and we had rainbow halos around our heads when we looked into it. Trail is strenuous in spots coming up, but easy to step aside and take a break if needed.

hiking
4 months ago

Best hike in Kauai hands down, unmatched views and a quick out and back. Would recommend to just about anyone with reasonable experience.

hiking
5 months ago

My girlfriend and I were recommended to do this trail by a friend local to the island when we came here on vacation. We've done a fair amount of hikes both together and with others and to be quite frank this is the most rewarding one we've ever been on. It's not very demanding at all, there's really only one spot towards the end that's a bit steep but it's certainly doable and it's quite short, maybe 5-10 mins to get past it.
Most of the trek is relatively flat except for the very beginning and the aforementioned spot toward the end. But that breathtaking moment when you come out of the brush onto the ledge at the end is more worth it than words can describe.
There are a couple spots where the trail is right next to the cliff but so long as you aren't running the trail I don't see how you could even fall off.
We read/heard the trail isn't well maintained and hard to follow but it most certainly is very navigable for even the most novice of hikers. It's very clear where the trail was the whole way.
It is unmarked and you've got to hop a little fence to get to it but it's not that difficult and is very worth it. As you come to the top of the Kalalau Lookout, all the way to the rails, look to your left and you'll see a green rail/fence that you can easily climb up, it's maybe 3 or 4 feet tall.
We did the hike after a very heavy rainy season but it hadn't rained in a couple days, there were 3 or so muddy areas but other than that mostly dry. We do highly recommend wearing proper hiking shoes.
To go up and back down, it took 2 1/2 hours. That was with plenty of stops and pictures.
Happy trails!

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely one of the best hikes in Kauai and of my life! Best bang for your buck!

6 months ago

Amazing views

hiking
6 months ago

Absolutely amazing views that you could only see from a boat or helicopter. It's muddy for sure, and more a path then a trail, but amazing. Lots of ferns, and overgrowth on the path so I'd recommend wearing long pants. There are views the entire hike, non stop, but the total view from the end is the icing on the cake.

hiking
7 months ago

By far my favorite hike on Kauai. Here's a video from our hike
http://www.bradgonemad.com/2016/10/hiking-kalepa-ridge-video.html

7 months ago

8 months ago

A beautiful hike! A must do but for the more experienced and not for children. Exquisite scenery!

hiking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

We had a local recommend this trail to us but also had several locals discourage us from trying it due to it being "poorly maintained" and "heavily used by motorbikes." We saw neither of these and instead had some of the most amazing views of the Na Pali coast. We hiked it on 4/29/16 and someone had obviously fairly recently come through and cut back the overgrowth, so the trail was in great condition. We saw no motorbikes and would have found it odd if we did as many parts of the trail go along a cliff where if you aren't careful on a bike of any sort, you could very easily plummet to your death. There were some muddy spots and you have to take your time on the descents but you will be rewarded with few people and spectacular views. A definite must-hike!