Kuilau Ridge Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Kuilau Ridge Trail is a 5.5 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.

5.5 miles
1381 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running


horseback riding



wild flowers



7 days ago

15 days ago

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.

1 month ago

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!

2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

Beautiful views; pretty easy hike for a family.

trail running
5 months ago

6 months ago

7 months ago

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

8 months ago

Easy hike, great territorial views.

10 months ago

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.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Nice trail with moderate difficulty

Friday, April 08, 2016

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.

Monday, February 22, 2016