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we are going back again this year and want to know what you think the best hikes are. we are moderate hikers/athletes.....

We did the napali 1st 2 miles last year so that one is done.

Thanks!

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Pick up some guide books that include hikes that the authors have actually done. That way you will be able to fit the proper trek into your comfort level.

Also makes a difference as to time of year, and what shore you will be staying.

Yesterday, we hiked the canyon trail to the small but pretty neat water fall. Witnessed two people, not sticking to the trail that has log steps in sections, and fall. Both were not athletic as you are, and were not sure footed, and did not look or sound like they had done much hiking. Also saw visitors in flip flops.

Another group was a tour of seniors, with their guide, and even tho they were moving slow, with walking sticks, they were doing great. Not a problem.

I can tell you some of our favorites, and then look them up in the guidebooks to see how they might work out for you.

North Shore: Powerline Trail ( near princeville ), and the Okolehau Trail ( near the Hanalei River ).

East Shore: Kuilau Trail, Moolepe Trail; Sleeping Giant Trail, and Powerline Trail from the end of Kuamoo Rd.

South Shore: The easy hike from Makawehi Point at the Hyatt along the coastal cliffs to Maha'ulepu and Beyond.

Waimea Canyon: The Kukui Trail, and the Canyon trail to the waterfall.

Kok'e: Pihea Trail and views of the Kalalau Valley.

The Alakai Swamp Trail, the Awa awapuhi, Nualolo loop or just do one or the other and make a 180.

Berry Flat-Watertank trail, The Ditch Trail, The Waininiua trail to the Kumuwela trail to the ditch trail. Those are a few of the trails that we enjoy, and should give you a good choice.

Now, we refer to three or four hiking guides, probably the top two are Hiking Kauai, and the Ultimate Kauai Guide book, and the small trail brochure that is available at the kokee museum and a map that we picked up at the museum also.

We investigate and gain as much knowledge as possible before charging off, and check the weather, and even the trail conditions if possible. We also look out the window and check out the clouds and the mountains.

Most times we wear our hiking boots, or at least stout closed toed sneakers. We carry a pack with water, energy bars, nuts, or fruit, a compass, and map and guide books.

Actually, we have an extra pair of socks, and tennis shoes to change into after the hike. Also, I like to bring an extra tank top, and we have extra water in the trunk along with a towell to wash some of the sweat off before going someplace for lunch.

Sunscreen and a hat or visor is a good plan. So are sunglasses and a camera.

Other folks might not want to go to the trouble of all that, but we find it makes the treck and the rest of the day work out pretty darned well.

Erica has hiked several other trails with the Sierra Club, but I am not personally knowledgeable about those.

Also, there are several previous posts on hiking that you might check on.

Kauai is an active persons special heaven.

Denny

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Denny,

We were going to do the Kaluapuhi to the Kalalau lookout on Wed. Do you recommend the canyon trail to the waterfall instead? I think we started on the canyon trail yesterday (it was not marked) we just keep walking down a road and finally turned around since we thought we were on the wrong trail.

Also it looks like there are 3 Sleeping Giant trails. Is there one you recommend. Last year we hiked some challenging trails in the Waimea canyon, but I need easier trails this year.

Thanks in advance. You are so helpful on this forum.

Sally

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Thanks Denny, that was helpful. we do have the ultimate guidebook and we also do all the little things you mentioned. its nice to get another opinion from someone else who hikes there often. we are staying in princeville.

1)IS the powerline trail or sleeping giant better if we had to pick one (views)?

2)same with wamaia area-Pihea or canyon trail? (we will not have a 4x4 if that makes a diff)

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Possible help with hiking questions:

Yes, it is a bit of a fake out to find the Canyon Trail. That original road you walk down, just passed the 14 mile mark,unless you have a four wheel drive, is signed the " halemanu trail"

You were at the correct place, just did not walk far enough. Actually, when you continue a bit further the trails and spurs are well marked with signs.

The CANYON trail is a bit of down, and then up on the return, but much of it has earth and log steps.

Actually, for canyon views, you might also think about the Kikui Trail. The trailhead is about the 9 mile mark. Super stunning views of Waimea Canyon.

PIHEA TRAIL: For a spectacular view of the Kalalau Valley, you need to drive the very, very end of the road, to the Pu'u O Kila lookout. Then walk along the Pihea Trail, with your camera. You will get the same shots that you will see on the postcards.

It is probably 1.5 miles or so past where you were on the trail before the Kalalau Lookout

The POWERLINE trail ( North section )not far from the Princeville Airport is really nice, and pretty easy. Lots of lushness, and waterfalls in season. Last week we did see one moderate water fall.

Indeed SLEEPING GIANT has three different trail heads leading up the mountain. The one we like,and tho longer, seems worth it, is off Kuamo'o Raod, and the beginning trail is the Kuamo'o Trail. We have also done it from Wailua House Lots area, and that was great, but just like the Kuamo'o Trail entry and views the best.

As far as picking one trail over another, kind of depends on each ones personal preference. Our problem is we like 'em all.

However, we would probably pick the kikui trail over the canyon trail, for views, but, we really enjoyed hiking the canyon trail last week to the cozy waterfall. See what I mean. They all have their individual natural attributes.

Probably best to check out the more detailed descriptions, and go with your own good feelings. I doubt you will be disappointed which ever you chose.

Happy treking,

Denny

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Thanks so much Denny. We may do the Pihea again. It is nice that the road goes to the end now. If we have time we will also try the canyon trail again.

I appreciate the great information, and it agree it is hard to go wrong as the scenery is magical everywhere.

Sally

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