Hike Club Splinter Cell – Kauai July 7-15


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1. Alakai Trail – This is the famous “boardwalk” through an eerie and beautiful misty bog. There are actually two boardwalk trails that form an X, the Pihea Trail and the Alakai Trail. Most people start this hike at the paved parking lot at the far end of the road that passes the Kokee information center, but this means a boring and slippery 2 miles to get to the Pihea board walk. We took an alternate route, but you need a 4WD car. You take the dirt road right across from the information center at Kokee to the start of the Alakai trail. From there to Kilohana (with a stunning view over Hanalei) is 3.5 miles. Most of it is flat and easy. You can add a loop onto the Pihea trail on the way back for a total of a little over 9 miles. If I could only do one hike on Kauai, this would be it.

2. Awaawapuhi Trail – This one also starts near Kokee Lodge. It actually goes down from the trailhead for about 3 miles and winds up at an overlook ABOVE the Kalalau valley. The climb on the way back is slow and steady – not bad but a decent workout. Totally worth it for the view.

3. Okolehau Trail – The trailhead is near Hanalei. It starts on an old road and climbs steadily for about a mile to a pretty overlook. From there it turns into a proper trail, kind of rooty and muddy in spots. Near the top (about 2.5 miles) it gets overgrown. At one point you will see a rope ladder to your right, but if you ignore this and bushwack off to the left you’ll get to the End of Trail sign for Okolehau with a killer view over the north and east of Kauai.

All three trails were fun and showcased different aspects of Kauai’s diverse scenery. And the hiking days were even better topped off with fabulous food from Blossoming Lotus, Beach House, or just from the farmer’s market. Yum. Kauai is a magic place.

Alakai Trail boardwalkAwaawapuhi TrailOkolehau End of Trail


3 Responses to “Hike Club Splinter Cell – Kauai July 7-15”

  1. chrisdamitio Says:

    Very nice Kate. Great posting. Maybe Conrad will post Kalalau pics?


  2. kala Says:

    You guys got some really cool hike pics – very funny! I especially like the third one with the cliff man – awesome and dramatic!

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