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Top 6 Hiking Trails on Kauai


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With trails leading to waterfalls, coastlines, cliffs, and rainforest, Kauai is a hiker’s paradise. Discover the best of its natural wonders by hitting up the following paths while you’re on Hawaii’s fourth-largest island.

Kalalau Trail (Na Pali Coast Trail)

Hikers take on a path on the Na Pali Coast Trail. | Photo Credit: Juergen_Wallstabe / Shutterstock

11 miles (17.7 kilometers) one-way

The Kalalau Trail is Kauai’s most popular trail, and for good reason—it stretches along the Na Pali coastline, traverses steep cliffs and lush valleys, and provides dramatic coastal scenery at every turn. A permit is required to hike the full trail, but day hikers can enjoy a shorter route that leads to Hanakapiai Beach.

Nounou East Mountain Trail (Sleeping Giant)

A lush portion of Nounou East Mountain Trail. | Photo Credit: on Reinhardt and Co / Shutterstock

4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

Accessible from Wailua, the Nounou East Mountain Trail climbs through dense forest and across a ridgeline that resembles a Sleeping Giant. It culminates with views of Kauai’s east coast.

Kuilau Ridge Trail

A forested portion of Kuilau Ridge Trail. | Photo Credit: Wirestock Creators / Shutterstock

4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

A former road, this trail is one of the easier hikes on the list, making it perfect for families. The trail takes you through lush eucalyptus forest and provides views of the Makaleha Mountains and Kauai’s interior.

Ho’opi’i Falls Trail

The island is known for its waterfalls. | Photo Credit: Abbie Warnock-Matthews / Shutterstock

4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

The short Ho’opi’i Falls hike leads to two waterfalls, the second of which you may recognize from the film Jurassic Park. The trail can get quite muddy and be difficult to follow in places, but traversing the dense rainforest terrain is quite the adventure.

The Waimea Canyon Trail

Hikers enjoy a lookout on the Waimea Canyon Trail. | Photo Credit: Chase Clausen / Shutterstock

3.4 miles round-trip (5.5 kilometers)

The Waimea Canyon Trail is the most popular trail in Waimea Canyon and leads hikers to Waipo’o Falls, an 800-foot (224-meter) cascading waterfall. The trail offers incredible views into Waimea Canyon and ocean views from the Kumuweka Lookout.

Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail

Photo Credit: Martin B. Smith III / Shutterstock

4 miles (6.4 kilometers) round-trip

One of the easier hikes on Kauai, the Maha’ulepu Heritage Coastal Trail follows the coast from Shipwrecks Beach to the Makauwahi Caves, famed for their abundance of fossils.

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