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Awaawapuhi Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (20)

You are rewarded with a remarkable view at the ends of this journey!


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Map Key

3.0

Miles

4.8

KM

Point to Point

4,124' 1,257 m

High

2,460' 750 m

Low

29' 9 m

Up

1,664' 507 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

If it has been raining, think twice about going down this trail. It can be slippery on the steep trail and falls are not uncommon.

Description

This trail has a slight incline in the beginning but get ready for downhill all the way starting at 4,120 feet and ending at 2,500 feet. You'll start off in fairly dense forest before the trail opens up near the end with some views that will amaze you.

The open vistas along the way aren't even the best part! When you get to the end you'll have a spectacular view of the Awa'awaphul and Nualolo valleys. If you have the opportunity to get there early before anyone else, (and before the helicopter tours start) you'll feel like you are in a cathedral. Look down onto the valley floor and with binoculars you may be able to see terraces that were constructed by ancient Hawaiians.

Make sure you bring plenty of water. The earlier you start the better. Remember that the return journey back is uphill all the way!

Flora & Fauna

During the first half of this trail, you may see some of Kauai's non endangered forest birds.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Jackson

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  4.5 from 20 votes

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Photos

View towards Nualolo.
Dec 17, 2015 near Waimea, HI
View down to the valley floor.
Dec 17, 2015 near Waimea, HI
Panorama at the trail end.
Dec 17, 2015 near Waimea, HI
Exploring beyond the viewpoint.
Dec 17, 2015 near Waimea, HI
Awa'awapuhi Valley as seen from the Awa'awapuhi Lookout.
Dec 28, 2015 near Waimea, HI
Awaawapuhi Trail.
Dec 18, 2015 near Waimea, HI

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Feb 13, 2020
Elora Pliska
Jul 30, 2019
Rick Schulze
Pouring rain & foggy at trailhead, solid trail after 0.5 mi, nice tree canopy, treated to clear & amazing panorama at end!
Jul 6, 2019
Jennifer Kristin
Jun 17, 2019
May Wang
6mi — 3h 00m
Apr 9, 2019
Julie Matthews
Extremely muddy
Mar 22, 2019
Alissa Mundt
The cliffs trail was open to connect this with the Nu'alolo Trail
Mar 21, 2019
Alyssa Tischler
Mar 3, 2019
Matthew Henderson