Awaʻawapuhi Trail
Hawaii hikers

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 2/5/23 – The Kalalau Trail, Napali Coast SWP has REOPENED today.

[KAUAʻI] UPDATED 1/31/23 – Kokeʻe and Waimea Canyon State Parks – WATER OFF at partial areas until further notice, facilities impacted. See respective park websites for updates. 

[MAUI] UPDATED 1/27/23: Sections of Makena SP is CLOSED for hazardous tree work. See Makena SP page for updates. 


[OAHU] UPDATED 2/2/23 - KEAIWA HEIAU SRA has REOPENED.

[O’AHU] UPDATED 4/12/22: Sand Island State Recreation Area – WATER OFF, camping and comfort stations CLOSED. See Sand Island site for updates.

[MAUI] UPDATED 1/26/23: ʻIao Valley State Monument – CLOSED August 2022 through April 15, 2023. See ʻĪao site for updates.


[MAUI]
 UPDATED 1/23/23: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area – CLOSED through March 2023 (Per DOFAW). See Polipoli site for updates.

 

[HAWAIʻI] UPDATED 1/20/23: Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area – WATER OFF in the park, facilities impacted. See Hapuna site for updates

Awaʻawapuhi Trail

DANGER: Do not venture beyond the safety railing at the end of the trail! Footing is extremely unstable, and the drop to the valley floor below is over 2,000 feet.
Trail Length 3.1 miles (one way)
Activity Pedestrian
Difficulty Difficult
Elevation Gain 1,180 ft
Park Name Kōkeʻe State Park

Route

The trail starts at a parking area near the highway 17 mile marker. This forest reserve area is managed as wilderness because of the rich variety of native dryland plant species thriving in it (a plant guide is available). The trail ends abruptly on the ridge top, at 2,500 ft. elevation, affording spectacular views down sheer palis (cliffs) into Awaʻawapuhi and Nualolo Valleys overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The grassy area at the end of the trail provides an excellent place to picnic.

As of March 11, 2014, the Kauai recreational trail map is temporarily unavailable for distribution or purchase.

Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.