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blueBlack Nuʻalolo Trail


3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 253' 77 m
Descent: -1,696' -517 m
High: 3,805' 1,160 m
Low: 2,219' 676 m


Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)


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Trail shared by Steve Jackson

A steep trail with mix of forest and open areas leading to an amazing vista of the Na Pali.

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Features Birding · Views · Wildlife


This trail begins just before the Kokee parking area in dense forest and ends on an open, arid ridge at the Lolo Point lookout. If it has been raining, you probably will want to postpone your hike. These trails are really slippery when wet. After a brief uphill, this trail is all downhill, so you'll be coming uphill the entire way back. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. This trail used to connect to the Awaawapuhi Trail via the Nualolo Cliffs Trail making a nice loop trip, but that trail has been temporarily closed due to damage.

The first part of the trail is uphill through forest. Once you reach the top its a steady downhill the rest of the way. The forest gives you opportunities for birdwatching and you may catch a glimpse of some native Hawaiian birds. More likely, you'll here them.

Once you break out of the forest you'll be in a open and arid area. There are a multitude of colors. The further you go along the trail, the more diverse the colors. Some of the trail along the ridge is so red you might liken it to being on Mars. There are even hints of yellow.

As you make your way along the ridge towards the point, the trail becomes very narrow with steep drop-offs on either side. This is where you want to watch you step and be careful. Along these steep cliffs you may hear and see goats. They seem to be on the most impossible to reach steep cliffs.

The trail ends at a viewpoint that has a railing with a warning sign. You have views of the Na Pali. Spend some time taking it all in then head back uphill to your starting point.

Flora & Fauna

In first forested part there is good viewing opportunities for native Hawaiian birds. Evidence of pigs. Goats may be seen on the cliffs near the end of trail.

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May 23, 2019
Josh Sears
Apr 9, 2019
Julie Matthews
Awesome views! Much better views than at the end of the Awaawapuhi! Highly recommend!
Mar 22, 2019
Alissa Mundt
9mi — 3h 30m
Mar 21, 2019
Alyssa Tischler
Nov 8, 2018
Ye Yuan
A little muddy at the start but otherwise very doable. Great views of the Na Pali coast at the end! 3.8mi
Oct 18, 2018
Wes Hesterman

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