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Alakai Swamp Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.6 mile 5.8 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 611' 186 m
Descent: -296' -90 m
High: 4,041' 1,232 m
Low: 3,688' 1,124 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)

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Trail shared by Steve Jackson

Make your way through one of a kind swamplands on boardwalks, leading to an incredible view.

Steve Jackson

Features Birding · Views · Wildlife

Description

To access the Alakai Swamp Trail, make your way to Mohihi Rd. The entrance to the Alakai Swamp Trail isn't far from the terminus of the Pihea Trail, and there will be a dirt pull out where you can park.

Conversely, if you started the Pihea Trail from the end of the road at the lookout, this is the trail that you turn on to get to the Kilohana Lookout.

This trail is one of the more unique trails in the park, and due to the swamp environment, you'll find yourself on boardwalks for a portion of this trail. In general, the boardwalks are fairly well maintained, and the way will be mostly level. You'll come to a stream crossing where both the descending and ascending banks are quite steep, so you'll want to be prepared with proper ankle support here.

The end of the trail is the expansive Kilohana Viewpoint of the Hanalei Bay and surrounding area.

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Photos

Hanalei Bay at the Kilohana lookout.
Dec 17, 2015 near Princev…, HI
Looking up the valley from Kilohana towards Waialeale.
Dec 17, 2015 near Princev…, HI
The ridgeline above the valley.
Dec 17, 2015 near Princev…, HI
Occasional boardwalks and steps provide a more solid point from which to enjoy the forest.
Jul 24, 2017 near Princev…, HI
Boardwalk in the Alakai Swamp.
Dec 17, 2015 near Princev…, HI
Telephone pole and boardwalk along the trail.
Dec 17, 2015 near Princev…, HI

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