You descend out of the lush vertical mountains and are greeted by the refreshing sea breeze billowing through the palms. Hiking in Kauai is truly an adventurer's dream as the diversity of terrain is matched only by the exhilarating scenery and wild life. With only 10% of the island accessible by road, there's a vast amount just waiting to be explored on foot.
Three of the best known trails:
The Kalalau Trail
As the oldest Hawaiian trail into the heart of Kalalau Valley, the Kalalau Trail provides gorgeous views of Kee Beach and the Na Pali Coast line. Beginning at Kee Beach where Highway 56 comes to a close, this trail is a trip best traveled by experienced hikers. About two miles inland are Hanakapiai Falls which beautifully shower 300 feet into a natural pool below. The Kalalau Trail continues on to the Kalalau Valley, where most hikers camp overnight at Hanakapiai before rising early to complete the hike the next day.
The Kukui Trail
Starting off the loop of the Iliau Loop Trail, the Kukui Trail is a five mile round trip that drops 2,000 feet over its course into the dazzling Waimea Canyon. To reward those with adventurous spirit, there is a large shaded swimming hole nestled at the center just waiting to be experienced.
The Kuilau Ridge Trail
Offering astounding views of winged waterfalls and flora, this 4.2 mile round trip trail should definitely be accompanied with a camera to capture its beauty. The trail head is around a mile past the University of Hawaii Agricultural Experimental Station on Route 580.