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Nuʻalolo Trail



3.8 mile 6.1 kilometer point to point
79% Runnable


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

Steve Jackson

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 run or consider wearing microspikes/crampons. 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 connects to the Awa'awapuhi Trail via the Nualolo Cliff Trail making a nice loop trip (approx 11 mile loop). View the Nu'alolo Cliff Trail for current conditions, it can be overgrown.

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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Jan 15, 2019
Atsuko Ohtake
Took cliff trail to access

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3,055 Since Jan 23, 2016



Amazing red color, steep drop off at edge of trail
Jan 23, 2016 near Kekaha, HI
Na Pali from near Lolo Point
Jan 23, 2016 near Kekaha, HI
Change from forest to open views.
Jan 23, 2016 near Waimea, HI
Thats you trail on the ridge in the top left of the picture.
Jan 23, 2016 near Kekaha, HI
Start of trail on the right; very steep.
Aug 1, 2019 near Kekaha, HI
Start of Cliff Trail at Nualolo side
Aug 1, 2019 near Kekaha, HI