Kuilau Ridge Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews

Kuilau Ridge Trail is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kapaa, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.4 miles
925 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running




wild flowers



over grown

11 days ago

This trail can be muddy at the beginning, but it’s still hike-able when it is. Long pants are a good idea to avoid scratches on the legs from dried, cut back fern stems along narrow paths. Watch out for loose dirt towards the end of the trail on a few steep inclines. Overall, the views along the way and at the end are well worth the steep hike back up!

1 month ago

Beautiful ‘jungle’ hike along an old logging road, which makes for a good trail. Muddy and slippery at parts but easily handled; your shoes will get covered in mud though! Giant trees, beautiful views and a wonderful view of the higher ridges in the distance all make this very worthwhile.

There is a downed tree near the start of the trail, but you can scramble over it fairly easily.

2 months ago

My 10-year-old and I did this hike on a sunny afternoon following a morning down-pour. It was so muddy but that made it more fun for her. The views were so breathtaking and nobody else was out there which made for a peaceful hike.

3 months ago

Okay hike...found out last night this was the trail two tourists were brutally murdered on thirty years ago. Trip Advisor left that one out.

3 months ago

Loved it, easy uphill hike but very muddy. Just plan to get muddy if it has rained. Amazing views and like others said, continue past picnic clearing at the top .5 miles and there is a little bridge and waterfall.

5 months ago

Beautiful views and lush rainforest. Very muddy but manageable. Light moderate, the mud is the main challenge (great core workout). It’s ~2 miles out to the bridge that marks the connection to the Moelepe part of the trail. Worth the time and work.

6 months ago

Beautiful views all along the trail

off road driving
6 months ago

Beautiful rain forest

6 months ago

great scenery

8 months ago

This was an excellent trail with our toddler in a hiking carrier. Very muddy, so we went cautiously to keep footing, but a gradual incline with a beautiful payoff of amazing panoramas at the end! Really stunning views when the trail opens up at the picnic area. We didn’t go beyond the picnic area since we had our little one, so it was a relatively quick and lovely morning hike.

8 months ago

This is a nice and easy, gradual trail cut into what looks to be a forest service or logging access road. It is not very strenuous; however it rained (thunder stormed) the night before we hiked it at mid-morning and it was very muddy! Continue past the clearing at the top to the old wooden bridge where the two trails meet. If there's enough water in the little stream at the top of the trail, you'll be treated to a nice waterfall along the right side.

8 months ago

A bit overgrown and expect a lot of mud, but offers great valley and forest vistas

8 months ago

Great trail. A bit overgrown in places and muddy in most. Creates a few slippery sections. I fell on my butt once near the turn around point.

10 months ago

first ever solo hike, perfect! trail is a little overgrown in places, but easy to follow. a pleasant challenge. muddy, wear pants if you don't want to get cut by grass at the beginning and berry bushes at the very end (past the picnic tables). trail past the picnic tables was really steep and tricky and overgrown

10 months ago

Lovely hike through the green forest- not as stunning as some other views on the island, yet lovely green eye candy.

11 months ago

Nice views and picnic area at top. Could use a little maintenance, overgrown a bit but still totally passable. Not too muddy the day we went. A nice hike but not the very best.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Beautiful trail at all times of day, but preferable with less clouds and dry weather. (lots of mud puddles.) Park at the little pull out on the side of the road near the bottom of the hill for immediate access, or just past it at the bottom of the hill at the parking lot by the stream. It's a straight forward uphill hike with a wide path all the way up to the pavilion. But don't stop there - another mile or less of up and down hills will get you wonderful views of the mountains. If you want to keep going, it will take you around to the easy Moalepe trail ending further east in Wailua with some nice views.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Nice trail for views. It's rated at moderate but I would put it at the lower end of moderate. If available, park one car at the other end which at the Moalepe Trail head and start at the Kuilau Trail head. That makes it a 4 mile hike one way. After a rain, look across the valley and you'll probably see a new waterfall. Your only 5 miles from the center of the island which is the wettest place on earth!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Great views, but this area gets a lot of rain, so expect some mud. If you have a choice of days, don't go when rainy and try to go when there are less clouds. The vistas will pop.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beautiful views; pretty easy hike for a family.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

easy hike lots of mud but really worth it! Views are amazing.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Easy hike, great territorial views.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

loved it! we saw a rainbow below us beautiful. just be prepared for mud if it rained a lot.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

It was a great hike in a rain forest in Kauai with amazing panoramas of Makaleha Mountains. I started from the Kuilau Trail and continued to the Moalepe Trail and back.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Moalepe trail connects to Kuilau trail. It takes about an hour and 45 minutes one way. I started on the Moalepe side and got picked up at the Kuilau side. Although it was raining this time, I've hiked this trail in the sun before and it's beautiful. You won't see any waterfalls or views of the ocean but there are several spectacular views of sweeping rain forest valleys. Along the way you'll see ti plants, Ohia trees, and many other native plants you won't see at lower elevations. The trail is very easy, very few difficult hills and I've seen people run it before. It's a nice, easy trail to give you a little workout on the Eastside of Kauai.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nice trail with moderate difficulty

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Went a couple weeks ago, very beautiful views. Nice picnic spot at the top. pretty easy hike up and old haul road, I'd do again.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

although the views are pretty, the trail itself is very uneventful. double track the whole way, muddy, and boring. not worth the drive.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This is a great trail for the entire family and it offers some pretty nice vistas as well.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Basic but entertaining hike- best part is past the "end" of the trail where the picnic area is. Trail to the right here takes you to a more narrow ridge with very tropical views and eventually a small waterfall. I would recommend for someone that wants some alright views that aren't incredibly hard to get to but not on the side of the road either.

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