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Kuilau Ridge Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (6)

Nice trail with views of the ocean on the far east and the Mount Wai'ale'ale on the west.


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Map Key

1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

Point to Point

1,084' 330 m

High

532' 162 m

Low

578' 176 m

Up

26' 8 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Views · Wildflowers

Need to Know

The trailhead is in a remote area with no facilities and there are only five to six parking spots. Bring water. The trail can be very muddy if it rained. Hiking poles are recommended.

Description

The trailhead is located 1.75 miles past the Kaua'i Research and Extension Center while driving west on the Kuamoo Road. The trailhead is found on the right side with several parking spots. The first part is a moderate climb that goes though a lush tropical forest. At the end of the incline (30 to 40 min.), you'll arrive at a picnic shelter overlooking a valley. From there you'll get a nice view of Mount Wai'ale'ale, but the views get better as you continue. You'll come across an inspiring razorback giving you views of surrounding hillsides covered with lush vegetation and incredible ferns. Off in the east you can see the ocean. The Kuilau Trail ends when you encounter a small wooden bridge. The entire hike should take you 2 to 3 hours.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, birds

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Patrick P

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  4.3 from 6 votes

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Photos

Foothills of Mount Wai'ale'ale seen from the trail.
Feb 10, 2019 near Wailua…, HI
View towards the west from the Kuilau Ridge Trail.
Feb 10, 2019 near Wailua…, HI
Kuilau Ridge Trail in February at one of the less muddy places.
Feb 24, 2020 near Wailua…, HI

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Sep 21, 2021
Rosemary Bolich
1.4mi
Sep 9, 2021
Kendall Nakai
Feb 16, 2020
Lisa M
Sep 1, 2019
Josh Littlefield
Muddy 4.8mi
Jul 22, 2019
FishStix
Jul 7, 2019
Arnaud Mzd
Jun 11, 2019
Steve steve.whitney@live.com
3.4mi — 1h 45m
Jan 17, 2019
Patrick P