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Hiking around Hanalei

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Hiking around Hanalei

I was wondering the best hikes that are not too strenuous around the north shore area. I always here about the 5 and 10 milers but not the shorter hikes. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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And under Top Questions to the right is a hiking thread.

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The north shore doesn't have that many trails, so your options are a bit limited. Here are all the ones I can think of:

The first 2 miles of the Kalalau trail to Hanakapi'ai beach and back (4 mi total). This is moderate for non-hikers, you do climb over 500' each direction and some segments are a bit steep, especially right at the beginning. You can always go 1/2 mile for the views, taking it slow and easy on the steep part, then turn around. Wear sturdy shoes and consider a hiking pole.

You can walk on the beach from Kee to Haena Beach park and on to Tunnels for several miles each way. This is flat, unobstructed walking, and you get to some nice and empty stretches of sand.

Similarly, it's almost 2 miles each way all around the Hanalei Bay, with beautiful views of the mountains behind town.

The Okolehau trail behind Hanalei has great views back towards the bay, but the hike is steep in the first part. It's on a dirt road, so no real issues with mud, but lots of humidity. But once you get up the steep road to the ridge, it's level, shaded and scenic for a long while. Towards the end there are steep and muddy/slippery sections again, but this time on a trail.

Some guidebooks mention the Hanalei Valley trail, that goes through the forest and meets up with the Hanalei river in it's broad lower valley. This is mostly flat, but it can be very muddy, muggy, and buggy. And sometimes the trail isn't easy to find. There aren't many views, just a nice stroll in the forest, but you may come across hunters and their dogs (not a problem, but can be surprising for the unaware).

There is a walking path between the main road in Princeville and the golf course. It's a bit suburban, but the landscaping is nice. Park at the playground near the library and catch the path 2+ miles all the way to the St Regis where there are views over the cliff (or drive there and walk back as far as you're up for).

Then there's the short trail to Queen's bath. As long as you know about the dangers of the ocean at the end (see other threads), I have no problem recommending it. The trail itself is heavily used and slippery in places, but still has some nice vegetation (Hala/Pandanus trees) and a small (5-ft) waterfall to see.

Your last and best bet is the north half of the powerline trail, inland of Princeville. In it's lower part, it's an easy, very gradual, dirt road along the E rim of the Hanalei Valley, with several viewing spots. After the first 1.5 miles, the trail/road veers off from the valley and becomes much less interesting for 2 miles as it crosses some dry grassland (and follows the powerline). The last 1.5 miles up near the mountains and highpoint on the ridge are more scenic again, but given your self-description, I recommend you turn around after the first 1-1.5 miles.

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Don't forget, that you can drive to other shores, especially up to waimea canyon, and koke'e state park, and the Kalalau Valley.

You have received perfect scoops from kauai hiker, for the north shore.

Kauai island is a fabulous place to hike, with many trails available to those who wish to do some happy treking.

Good discriptions and valuable info in publications: We use the Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, as well as Kauai Trails. It is a good plan to have as much information as possible to aid you in having a marvelous visit.


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