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Kuilau Ridge Trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.7 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
90% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 578' 176 m
Descent: -26' -8 m
High: 1,084' 330 m
Low: 532' 162 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)

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Trail shared by Patrick P

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

Patrick P

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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 run should take you 2 to 3 hours.

Flora & Fauna

Ferns, birds

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View towards the west from the Kuilau Ridge Trail.
Feb 10, 2019 near Wailua…, HI
Foothills of Mount Wai'ale'ale seen from the trail.
Feb 10, 2019 near Wailua…, HI

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