3/20/20 – DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, VIRTUALLY ALL OF HAWAII STATE PARKS AND FACILITIES ARE NOW EITHER FULLY OR PARTIALLY CLOSED. ALL CAMPING AND LODGING WITHIN OUR PARKS IS SUSPENDED. WE ASK THAT THE PUBLIC RESPECT THESE CLOSURES IN THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME AS WE WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH COUNTY, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES IN THE STATE TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS. IN ADDITION, ALL STATE PARKS OFFICES ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED, AND NO CAMPING, LODGING, SPECIAL USE, FILMING OR EVENT PERMITS ARE BEING ISSUED, AND COMMERCIAL TOURS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED. SEE “ANNOUNCEMENTS” BELOW FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION AND UPDATES. MAHALO.
|Trail Length||3.8 miles (one way)|
|Time||Approx 3 hrs.|
|Elevation Gain||284 ft|
|Park Name||Kōkeʻe State Park|
The trail begins at Puu O Kila Lookout at the end of Highway 550. The Pihea Trail is a recommended forest reserve trail for scenic views, observing Kauai’s native forest birds and sampling the Alakai Wilderness’ terrain and vegetation. This is an alternate route to the Alakai Swamp Trail, which intersects the Pihea Trail just before 1 3/4 mile point. There is a short spur that ends at the Pihea Overlook, the highest point on the rim of Kalalau Valley.
Caution – Do not go beyond the Pihea Overlook. The terrain gets very steep beyond this point. The Pihea Trail follows the northwestern bank of Kawaikoi Stream and ends at Kawaikoi Camp. While there is some boardwalk construction underway, portions of the trail are often wet, slippery and muddy.
- Camping at Kawaikoi camping area by permit only.
- There is no permitted camping for commercial purposes.
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.