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“Limited Parking; Slippery Trail; Magnificent Views”
Review of Puuo Kila

Ranked #9 of 19 things to do in Waimea
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

This is a magnificent lookout, assuming you get a parking spot. We waited between 5 and 10 minutes -- which is certainly worth it -- for a parking space. The lookout platform itself is decent, but there are better views to be had if you're willing to venture down the Pihea Trail a bit. If you do that, be mindful that the lava rocks upon which you will walk look like they will have good traction, but are just the opposite, especially when wet. Mud gets into the pores of the rocks, and the rocks are prone to having their outer edges easily torn away when walking upon them. I'm an experienced (but not in Hawai'i) hiker and this was the first time I had encountered a surface like this. As you go down the trail from the lookout, the middle and right side of it is made up of the lava rocks, but the left edge is more muddy. Surprisingly (to me, anyway) the mud-looking (left) side had much better footing, both on the way down and back up.

Oh yeah, about that view .... it's like nothing you've ever seen before. The lushness of the valley and mountainside, the steepness of the cliffs, the reds and tans of any hillsides where things aren't growing, the blues/greens of the ocean, and the blues and whites of the sky, just make the view an utter phenomenon. And, if you happen to see any helicopters or boats as part of the scene, you'll realize just how gargantuan the valley is. While you may be able to hear a helicopter exploring the valley, good luck finding it and then tracking it as it hovers around somewhere down there.

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Reviewed 26 September 2013

The first half mile is quite easy. Be careful, could be slippery but with a good pair of walking shoes it's ok.

Second half mile, prepare yourself. Forget about white running shoes, nice outfit and being not in too good shape. You'll have to hang on to tree branches, step into mud, and be very careful about your grip. It is not that difficult but rain can turn the place into a challenge and if you hurt yourself, a bit difficult to get help.

But the view is spectacular.

My advice, go there if you are dressed accordingly and in good shape. Otherwise stop after half a mile, the view is still beautiful.

Take care.

3  Thank Patrick R
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

Puuo Kila is on the back rim of Kalalau valley and offers a great panoramic view of the valley and Kauai's northwestern coastline some four thousand feet below. Puuo Kila is at the very end of the Waimea Canyon Drive (Highway 550). It is about a mile after the Kalalau Lookout. Puuo Kila is at the end of the road and it has a better view of the valley in my opinion than the Kalalau Lookout. It was bright and sunny the day we visited (October 30, 2012), and the road was open all the way. Puuo Kila also serves as the trailhead for the Pihea Trail and we walked the first mile of this popular trail. The trail was wide and steep in places and it had even more magnificent views of the coastline, Kalalau valley and the dense forest of Kokee State Park.

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Reviewed 19 May 2017
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Reviewed 12 April 2017
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