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Awe-Inspiring Hiking by Trail with Guide - Kauai Nature School

Tour Highlights:
  • Experience Kauai's stellar hiking trails into nature's exceptional beauty
  • Have the peace-of-mind with an experienced wilderness and survival guide
  • Quality deep and educational connection to all aspects of nature
  • Full day 8-hour or Half-day 4-hour tours 
  • Varied durationans offered, 2.5 - 10.3 mile hikes
  • Easy, moderate or difficult level hikes available
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If you are an avid hiker looking for an experienced guide to take your personal family or group hiking on Kauai's most amazing hiking trails, you are in the right place! Check out the options your experienced Kauai Nature School Guide can offer for full day and half day Hiking Adventures.

Awaawapuhi
– Difficulty 4
– Trial length 10 miles
– The premier Lookout trail for Kauai. Start off at a cool 4000 feet and descend through 2000 feet of strange and curious native and endemic forest.
– At the Awa Awaawapuhi lookout you are perched on a 2000 foot vertical drop to the Napali Coast where waves crash on volcanic boulders.
– If that wasn’t enough we take a snaking forest trail with view abundant through more ancient hawaiian ecosystems to Nualolo Lookout.
– Nualolo Lookout is the crown jewel of lookouts, where you can view the whole Napali coast in one singular awe inspiring gaze.
– A hearty and delicious local lunch and plenty of snacks are provided. This is a long strenuous trail that gives back in full with its amazing beauty. It is a personal favorite among guides and visitors.

Powerline Trail
– Difficulty 5
– Trail length – 10.3 miles
– The Power line Trail is a spectacular yet difficult trail that can be accessed from either the North Shore or the upper East Side in Wailua. The hike literally cuts through the island and gives you a spectacular view of the islands interior as well as distant sweeping ocean views.
– The Power-line Trail from the North Shore starts at Kapa Ka Street, up the road from Princeville Ranch Stables.
– The beginning of the trail is at the start of a dirt road used to access the electric transmission lines for maintenance, the route follows the eastern boundaries of Halelea Forest Reserve, ending near the Keahua Forestry Arboretum in the upper Wailua area where you can cool off in a mountain fed swimming hole with a rope swing.

Napali Coast Waterfall
– Difficulty 3-4
– Trail length – 6.9 miles
– You get a river, a beach and a waterfall in an ancient pristine valley.
– Hanakapiai Falls (or Hanakapi’ai Falls) is a very tall (maybe 300ft) waterfall nestled deep in the back of Hanakapi’ai Valley. A visit to this waterfall would be a half-day trip at a minimum taking in the first two miles of the Na Pali Coast as well as two miles into Hanakapi’ai Valley.
– Trail begins at Ke`e Beach traveling along high ocean-side cliffs. Narrow path passes in and out of several valleys with steep inclines and declines. Follow along Hanakapiai river to waterfall that drops into large, deep pool.

Alakai Swamp/Kilihana
– Difficulty 4
– Trail length – 7.4 miles
– The Pihea Trail or Kilohana Lookout is located at the end of Hwy. 550 at the Puu o Kila scenic lookout. Watch the graceful sea birds catch the wind drafts and fly freely over the valleys and Kalalau beach below. As you begin the trail you will find yourself perched on a land bridge straddling 4,000 feet above the Kalalau Valley floor and the Alakai Swamp, with inland views stretching to Mount Waialeale, “The Wettest Spot on Earth”.
– After the vista and the short downhill stretch you will meet up with the boardwalk that follows the trail through forest of Ohia, Koa, wild ferns, and other native plants. Keep your eyes open for rare sightings of one of the many birds that make this forest their home.

Waimea Canyon/Liahi
– Difficulty 4
– Waimea Canyon was carved out of the red dirt by a raging Waimea River, swollen with rainfall collected from Mount Waialeale, which is widely considered one of the wettest spots on earth. Waimea is the Hawaiian word for “reddish water,” a nod to the canyon’s formation. Today the river that cuts across the canyon is slow and placid — a perfect place to cool down before commencing the strenuous uphill march out of the valley.

Waimea Rim Trail/Blackpipe
– Difficulty 3
– Trail length – 3.8 miles
– Moderate Trail. Serves as an access to the Canyon Trail. Native hibiscus and iliau are among the plants found in the koa forest. The trail is so named because of the large black wooden pipe that hikers must cross.

Makaleha
– Difficulty 4
– Trail length – 2.6 miles
– The hike along (and in) the stream to Makaleha Falls is spectacular. The name of the mountains, the falls and stream, maka·leha – to gaze in wonder, ranks it among the most aptly named features on the island. The stream itself derives from three springs, two atop a western ridge and one to the north near Poohaku Pili (2,592 feet/790 meters)

HALF-DAY HIKE OPTIONS:

Sleeping Giant

  • Difficulty 1-3
  • Trail length 4 miles
  • A flat top peak allows 360 degree panoramic views of the island and ocean horizons plus a choice of three different trail heads.
  • This hike has something for all hiking abilities.
  • Along the the way to the breathtaking outlook we weave our way through amazing edible guava jungle, Ancient Hala trees, and towering Norfolk pines. A must hike trail for all abilities.

Kuilau Trail

  • Difficulty 2
  • Trial length 4 miles
  • As you ascend on an easy side by side hand holding trail through an “Avatar-esque” forest, enjoy breathtaking verdant green jungle views of the interior of the island, Mt. Waialeale, and riverine jungle floors from above on a beautiful ridge trail that just gets better as you go.
  • At top tranquil seating awaits with a view that envelops you in bliss. Champagne optional for those inclined.

Kuilau Trail/Moalepe

  • Difficulty 2
  • Trail length - 5.2 mile
  • The Moalepe Trail on the East Side of Kauai offers wonderful views of the green jagged ridges of Makaleha and far off ocean views. The trail-head is at the end of the pavement on Olohena Road in the upper Wailua Homesteads. The fist part of the hike you will enjoy ocean vistas, views of the Anahola Mountains and Kong, and close-up views of the Makaleha Mountain Ridge.
  • Moalepe Trail enters the Halelea Forest Reserve after about a mile. The Moalepe Trail narrows and becomes dense with foliage and slowly climbs up to the Kuilau Ridge. Keep your camera ready for great photo opportunities. The Moalepe Trail is part of the Na Ala Hele Trail System and is also popular with equestrians and mountain bikers. The hike can be continued along the KuilauTrail.

Hanakapiai Beach

  • Difficulty 3
  • Trail length - 4 miles round trip
  • The hike to Hanakapiai beach is by far one of the most beautiful trails in all Hawaii. The first two miles of the Napali Coast trail is breathtaking. The Hanakapiai Trail will climb steadily for the first mile to an elevation of 400 feet. You will be rewarded with sweeping views of the Napali coastline and an aerial view of Ke'e beach and the coral reef that creates the protective lagoon at Ke'e beach, perfect for snorkeling during the summer months.
  • As you make your final descent into Hanakapiai Valley you will discover jungles of twisted vines, wild ginger, bananas, guava, varied Ti plants and at the end the cool waters of Hanakapiai Stream.
  • When you reach Hanakapiai stream you will need to cross the stream by boulder hopping. The beach is on the other side and during the summer months this beautiful beach is great for sunbathing, exploring the rocks and caves. But at no time is swimming recommended. The views from the beach back up the valley are magical. Most people make this their turn around point, but for those with the time and endurance can trek up the river trail another two miles through bamboo forest; the hike is 4 miles round-trip to beach, 8 miles round-trip to Falls.

Okelehao

  • Difficulty 3
  • Trail length - 4.1 miles
  • The Okolehao Trail on the North Shore of Kauai is a 2.5 mile trail that will give you a workout as you climb to 1,250 foot elevation. The trek is well worth it and you will be rewarded with captivating views of Hanalei Bay, verdant Hanalei Valley, Makana, Kilauea Lighthouse and the Napali Coast.

Larsen's/1/2 Day Coastal

  • Difficulty 2
  • Larsen's Beach is also known as Ka'aka'aniu Beach and is a remote and undeveloped north shore beach. This beach is between Moloa'a Bay and Waiakalua Beach. The beach is narrow and approximately two miles long. There is a offshore reef that is good for snorkeling.

Mahaulepu

  • Difficulty 2
  • Trail length - 3.7 miles
  • The beach is separated into three different parts: Gillin's Beach, Kawailoa Bay, and Haula Beach. The beach offers protection from the surf in parts and can be great for swimming. Fossils of extinct birds have been found in sand dunes along the shoreline.
  • Mahaulepu Beach is great spot for exploring. The water is usually calm due to a protective reef and shallow water. The name Mahaulepu means "falling together," as in two warriors falling in battle.

Pihea

  • Difficulty 3
  • Trail length - 2.4 miles
  • Pihea Trail is located in Koke'e State Park starting at the Pu'u o Kila overlook (the end of Highway 550). At the beginning of this incredible trail it skirts along the Kalalau Valley starting passing through forest of Ohi'a trees, ferns, koa, and other native vegetation. This is an excellent place to bird watch if time allows, you might even catch a glimpse of the 'I'iwi, a gorgeous red bird. It is medium-sized with a curved peach bill. The Pihea Trail is covered mostly with boardwalk.

Waipoo

  • Difficulty 3
  • Trail length - 3.1 miles
  • Waipoo Falls is a 800 foot cascading waterfall that can be seen from various lookouts along the canyon road. You won’t be disappointed by this lovely hike that starts off amongst the forested bird-lands on the rim of Halemanu Canyon. This is a popular hike for families.
  • The beginning of this trail will take you from HWY 550 and along Halemanu Road for .75 miles to the trail head of the canyon trail and Waipoo Falls Trail. Though you will not see the falls in all their splendor, this tranquil and beautiful hike will lead you along the canyons rim giving you a unique vantage pint of the canyon and Kokee Rain Forest. The trail ends at the top of the 800 foot waterfall along a fragrant Awapuhi Ginger lined stream where will find yourself perched high above the canyon floor with a spectacular view of the canyon below and magnificent photo opportunities.
Operates: Per Reservations
Departure Point: Per Reservation or Kauai Nature School located at 5807 Kawauhau Road, Kapaa, Kauai, Hawaii 96746
Duration: Full (8-hours) and Half Day (4-hours) options
Capacity: 4-person minimum. Small private groups up to 7 guests. If more than 7, contact us.
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Bring your own food, snack, water and drinks or
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Inclusions: Studied and practiced nature guide-teacher
Exclusions: Water or food can be purchased for an additional fee. There is no hotel/resort pick-up available for this tour. Reservation voucher has a suggested list of additional items to bring.
Restrictions: Guests with any daily or emergency medications should include these items in hiking bag or back-pack. Carried items should be light and it's suggested to have a backpack with camera or phones in plastic bags to provide waterproofing.
Age Restrictions:
Minimum age for participants is 7 years. Adults may want to choose the half day option if there are younger children in their party.
Physical Health Restrictions:
Guest must be in generally good health and not have unhealed injuries, medical conditions including heart, back or neck problems, recent surgeries, asthma or allergies affecting breathing.
Cancellation Policy:

48 hours. This means that once you're within 48 hours of the start time, the tour is non refundable. If you choose to cancel before this time, the standard 3% cancellation fee will apply. If the vendor needs to cancel your tour because of weather, a mechanical issue or any other reason you will receive a 100% refund of the price you paid.

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