Pihea Trail to Alakai Swamp

MODERATE 62 reviews
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Pihea Trail to Alakai Swamp is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha, Hawaii that features a waterfall 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.

DISTANCE
7.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2112 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

Combining two of Kauai's best hikes take us from dramatic coastal cliffs to an exotic boardwalked swamp trail. Kauai, the oldest and westernmost inhabited Hawaiian island has a terrain and climate like nowhere else. This hike combines some of the best features of Kauai into an unforgettable hiking experience. Take a westerly drive around Kauai until you run out of road and you'll find yourself at the Pu'u O Kila Lookout marveling at the views of the plunging cliffs of Kalalau Valley on the fabled Na Pali Coast. Exploring beyond this point is achieved only on foot, so strap on those hiking boots. The trail starts at the end of Waimea Canyon Drive (550) at the Pu'u o Kila Lookout. Views of Kalalau Valley. Pihea Trail intersects Alakai Swamp Trail and continues to the Kilohana Lookout. Views of Ha'ena and the North Shore are visible from Kilohana, clouds permitting.

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The view was nice but i wouldn't come back to Kauai to do this trail. I liked Awa'awapuhi better

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Fortunately to have great weather, no rain and clear sky's . This trail would be extremely challenging in raining weather. But this trail is not a boardwalk or a stroll. It is moderate to hard. Bring lots of water! My husband, my 10 and 13 year old did this trail. If you are of short statue this trail is challenging, as my girls had a hard time. Don't miss the sign to go to the vista, we missed it and in total walked 9.6 miles. We did get to the vista....
My girls rock!!! We were never so glad to be off this trail. Again bring plenty of water!

1 month ago

Would anyone be able to post the current condition of the trail? In late 2015 it was going downhill sadly.

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If luck goes your way and the clouds lift you will be rewarded with some of the best views on the planet overlooking the Na Pali coast. Some portions of the hike are steep,slippery and very muddy. It's not for casual hikers.

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