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Easy Hike along the coast with scenic views. We hiked all the way to Gillin’s Beach and were lucky to see a Monk Seal on the beach there.

hiking
12 days ago

The beach is beautiful with lots of turtles and surfers in the waves. As you follow the trail you come across an awesome vantage point for sunrise and the spot doubles as a great cliff jumping spot! Walking along the coastline you will get a magnificent view of the Kauai coastline. Great all around hike!

The views were great once we got past the golf course!

Mostly Flat, not a very challenging trail.
Part of the trail is along the cart path of the Poipu bay golf course.

We hiked it right after a little rain so parts of the trail where very slippery.

I do feel that the "moderate" tag is a little dramatic, it was a fairly easy trail, if you have done any type of hiking you will be fine.

Word of advice, wear proper shoes, we passed a gal she had cut her foot when she slipped while wearing flip flops.

Like other users wrote, a “moderate” rating is a bit too high for this trail, as it is mostly flat and not super technical. However, seeing as though this trail takes you along the cliffs and ocean, you can easily make it anything from moderate to deadly depending on your skill level and stupidity.

The trail is not well marked but we found the user trails all generally ended up in the right place and you can easily make course adjustments for a better view or easier terrain depending on preference. As long as you are “generally” headed east/north on the way out or west/south on return you’ll get there.

The part by the golf course is a bit lame but quick; otherwise mostly spectacular coast and mountain / valley views the whole time. Keep an eye out for sea life along the way, and peak into the tide pools if accessible to find hidden surprises. Don’t forget to explore the cave area and spend some time looking at the tortoises just on the other side of the footbridge. Past the footbridge I’d recommend staying on the beach around the point instead of following the trail - the trail takes you down a utility road and the beach is ultimately more scenic. We were fortunate enough to see a mother monk seal and her two day old pup on the beach this way - never would have seen that on the trail!

Overall, a nice low-key hike. Not challenging or technical but don’t wear sandals or flip flops. Being mostly exposed wear a hat and bring lots of water. Pick a spot on the cliffs after the beach for lunch and continue on or turn back.

4 months ago

Great easy walk to shipwreck beach and beyond - definitely climb up the point and go out to the end for an amazing view.

Nice & scenic along the coast.

Great easy and huge high rock jump at the end, caves, tide pools, beautiful beach! Lovely walk great if you have little kids and our teens loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

It was a really nice and easy hike of about 6 miles round trip and some rewarding coastal sites as well as a cave and tortoises. There is full sun exposure pretty much the whole hike so I recommend either early in the morning or really cover up. I also recommend taking fluids as you are crossing a mini desert out there. Otherwise, take in the great views and lack of muddy rocks (it was a relief not to have that obstacle in the hike)

Beautiful vistas. Extend the hike past the stables two more beaches.

5 months ago

My 20 week pregnant wife and I did this hike early last week. Conditions were dry with a little wind. For sure an easy skill level. This is a great trail to get you 'warmed up' for the others on the island. We found ourselves staring in awe at the natural beauty along the coastline.

This was a reasonably easy hike. We did see some wearing slippers, but not recommended. Start hike at bluff at east end of Shipwrecks Beach, otherwise you will miss a good portion of the beautiful sea cliffs—and stay back from the edge!

7 months ago

Very nice walk with varying terrain and micro environments. Great views of the ocean. Can include a visit to to the Malaukawai Cave and botanical garden area.

Breathtaking trail overlooking the ocean

Go to end of trail. Lovely view throughout. Poorly marked.

Pretty easy, safe hike. Mostly flat with slight inclined and declined. Absolutely gorgeous scenery. Would bring water and be prepared for the sun.

Completed in a little under 4 hours

We did it in 4.5 hours and packed a lunch...Bring plenty of liquids...Highly doable for families.

10 months ago

loved this hike, beautiful scenery!

It's a hike not a bike path. Wear good shoes. Tennis shoes should be fine. Do not wear flip flops!!!! Pay attention there are sharp rocks around. Take water

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Good hike, not well marked, well worth going. Great views!

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Absolutely awesome; hiking the reefs, an island, ocean wildlife, swimming, snorkeling, and a whole lot of fun.

Absolutely beautiful! Easy and scenic, highly recommend.

Fantastic views! Very leisurely hike with plenty of area to just stop and take in the scenery!

walking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Best beach on Kauai. Best, dryest, sunniest part of the island.

hiking
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nice easy hike that runs parallel to the shore. Very much enjoyed it.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Sehr schöne Wanderung an der Küste. Das Ziel fand ich eher mittelmäßig. Grundsätzlich würde ich empfehlen die Wanderung früh morgens oder in den Nachmittagstunden zu machen. Da man hier sehr viel in der Sonne läuft. Insgesamt sind wir auf 13 km gekommen.

walking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Also known as the Maha'ulepu Heritage Trail.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Great hike. Lovely views. Very hot and sunny.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

my husband and I have been coming to Kauai since 2009 and we never skip hiking this beautiful coastal trail

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Great trail! Easily accessible, over looking the water most of the time.

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