Explore the best trails near Kilauea with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
6 days ago

This trail does NOT have a 1,200 for elevation gain. It's more like 200 feet. The entire trail is basically flat and easy to do. It goes through a beautiful mahogany tree farm and is shaded for a good portion on the time. There are also beautiful views of the distant mountains. The stone dam and small park at the end of the trek is also quite beautiful. Take water as the parts of the hike not in forest are sunny, exposed and hot.

mountain biking
8 days ago

Best to take bikes on this easy trail. You won't miss anything by biking. It's mostly dirt road. Half sun, half shade during mid day. Not as much natural vegetation. The trees are all obviously planted in rows. The trail weaves through private properties. I wouldn't make this a priority trail if you love the natural beauty of Kauai. Great for a bike trail and some miniature golf at the trail head.

walking
16 days ago

nice walk, with a great beach, but the water has a big break so if you're looking for a swim spot this won't be a good one for you.

trail can be slippery!

scenic driving
2 months ago

Short walk. Great views.

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views, lots of birds and great tour of the light house.

Short an easy, watch out for high waves. When standing on the rock I wouldn't suggest standing within a foot of anything wet (I know you're not an idiot). I was surprised a couple times by large waves that got to close for comfort when standing on the boulders.

hiking
6 months ago

This is not so much a trail as a dirt access road to the shoreline. We parked on the side of the dirt road where there were gateways for some of the houses. The walk to the shore itself is pretty uneventful and flat- you can admire some vegetation and look through the trees at the shoreline and some of the properties nearby. I would recommend either avoiding this road or using an ATV or truck with 4WD if it has recently rained. We got lucky and the road was dry and walkable. Even so there were many potholes filled with mud along the way. The view was amazing once we reached the shore. We spent a lot of time watching the powerful surf crash into the shoreline. If you plan on doing so, scout out the rocks to make sure that they won't get splashed by the waves. The first outcropping of black rocks, especially, got pounded by waves the entire time we were there. We didn't make it out to the tide pools because the surf was too unsafe, but on a calmer day, I can imagine they might be quite pleasant. All in all, on a dry day, this is a very easy walk that rewards you with a nice view of the coastline at the end.

Great views, the $5 entry per person seems a bit steep.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice easy hike with a huge payoff at the end. The view if the coast is simply incredible!

birding
8 months ago

amazing view all the way up. paved path leads to the lighthouse, signs run along the path identifying birds. at the top you can check out binoculars to view for whales dolphins birds turtles and seals. loved it. very kid friendly.

hiking
9 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. May be a bit crowded because between the views and the show put on by the variety of sea birds at this refuge, it's an absolutely don't miss stop on Kauai. From Līhu‘e, drive north on Kūhiō Highway for approximately 23 miles to Kīlauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on Kīlauea Road and drive 2 miles to the refuge entrance. All visitors are required to drive down into the refuge parking area. Parking is limited. The walkway is paved. The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on Sunday and Monday and federal holidays. Admission is $5.00 per person - National Parks passes and all federal land passes are honored here. Allow at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time. Northern most point of main Hawaiian Islands. Self-guided tours only, can’t go to top of the lighthouse, but views from the bluff are worth your time. Don't miss it!