ʻIao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop
Hawaii hikers
THE KALALAU TRAIL ON KAUAI HAS BEEN OPENED. CONDITIONS ON THE HANAKAPIAI STREAM HAVE RETURNED TO NORMAL.

ʻIao Needle Lookout Trail and Ethnobotanical Loop

‘Iao Valley State Monument will reopen ahead of schedule beginning WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2017 following the completion of the second phase of slope stabilization to the areas in the park that were damaged by a massive flood event in September 2016. We appreciate the public's patience during the closure.

Trail Length 0.6 miles
Activity Pedestrian
Difficulty Easy
Terrain Wet Valley
Elevation Gain 200 ft
Park Name ‘Iao Valley State Monument

Description

Please watch this video explaining the reasons for the temporary closure.

A paved walking trail provides a scenic viewpoint of Kuka’emoku (‘Iao Needle), an erosional feature which rises 1200 feet from the valley floor. A short paved loop trail meanders though an ethnobotanical garden adjacent to ‘Iao stream.

Route

Trail begins just beyond the park restroom and interpretive signs. The path crosses a bridge over the stream and climbs to the lookout point, where a small shelter is nestled.

Directions

End of ‘Iao Valley Road (Highway 32), ‘Iao Valley.

Additional Info

  • Mountain biking is not allowed on this trail.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • No dogs allowed on this trail.