Kuilau Ridge Trail
Kuilau Ridge Trail
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David E
Mesa, AZ782 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
On Wednesday, October 4th 2023 at 10:20am, at 77°F we began the short version in which we turn-around at the bridge where the Kuilau Trail ends and the Moelepe Trail Begins.

We wished we could have continued the 2.75 miles, but then we would come out in a very different place than where we parked. When we reached the bridge, a hiking tour company was arriving. The drop people off at one end and then pick them up at the other end. Sounded pretty cool to me.

Most of the trail is what you see in picture 1, a wide (muddy) trail with a relatively steady and easy climb. We were surprised it was still muddy at this point in the year, but at least a portion of the trail was hard mud for 90% of the way.

Neither of us, nor 2 other couples (not with us), looking all around saw a sign indicating the need to turn right at the picnic tables. Thankfully Gaia Maps clearly showed the way.

We would not have brought hats had we known we would be in shade 85-90% of the way there. It may be a little different at other times of the year or other times of the day, especially after it rains. Thankfully we were both wearing shorts and short sleeves because even on October 4th it was warm. We were not accosted by any insects along the way, nor wildlife for that matter.

It took almost exactly 1 hour to get to the end-of-trail bridge moving at a leisurely quick-pace and with 9 short stops for pictures.

On the way back it took us about 40 minutes, again at a leisurely quick-pace, but not stopping at all.
Written 5 October 2023
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Jeremy H
San Francisco, CA2 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We took this hike with our 2,3,5,7 year olds and 70,75 year old parents because of the positive reviews about hiking with kids. I’m guessing a subset of us got halfway, the rest maybe 3/5 of that. It was steeper than I expected. The mud was totally navigable (June), and only on the flat parts so it was fine going back down. It was definitely in the jungle, so that was really cool, got to hear the birds, feel the life all around us. A couple folks told us they couldn’t find the waterfall at the end, I’m sure it’s a great hike if you don’t have really young or old ones hiking, but this was a bit of a flop for us. Still very grateful to have access and for maintenance!
Written 21 June 2023
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Robin D
Livermore, CA89 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful hike with a waterfall 1/2 mile past the picnic tables. Gradual easy ascent with a fair amount of mud! Great vistas. Bring good hiking boots and sticks. Rated easy which this 63 year old agrees with
Written 24 May 2023
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JoannNanaJoJo
Portland, OR72 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful views and muddy shoes! The hike just past the picnic tables is about 3 1/2 miles round trip. Slow incline with tree roots and some slippery muddy spot.
Written 8 May 2023
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Bess J
Tualatin, OR10 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
Stunning views, gentle incline, a lookout at every bend. And on a dry day in Kauai, it’s a pretty easy 2 hour up and back or 3 hours if like us, you are awestruck at every turn and have to take another pic.
Written 9 January 2023
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jhop82
Keizer, OR48 contributions
Nov 2022
Went the afternoon we were leaving. BEAUTIFUL views. Had flip flops on and had 0 issues. The mud can be an issue on a rainy day. I was lucky enough and it was dry. Incline for the way in. Bug repellent is a must. I loved this trail. The park around the corner was also nice to visit. We turned around at the picnic table. Next time we do plan on taking the entire hike that connects with other trails.
Written 8 December 2022
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Theresa B
Salmon Arm, Canada527 contributions
Nov 2022
It's a lovely walk through the trees and vegetation. I was looking for something a little less strenuous after doing several other hikes and this one was a nice change of pace.

I referred to the AllTrails website to get directions and reviews.

We parked in the parking lot across the small one lane bridge. A lively river with picnic tables is there. (End of the road)

We weren't prepared for the mud we experienced on the trail and like everyone else hiking that day, took advantage of the small river to wash off our running shoes. Hiking shoes not required.

We just hiked as far as the picnic tables at the top. We were told by other hikers, that the trail as it continued didn't offer anything different than what we had already seen.

I enjoyed the hike and do recommend it.
Written 2 December 2022
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kathleen L
2 contributions
Nov 2022
If there’s only one hike you are going to do, make it this beauty. Every turn of the trail I was reaching for my camera. The views of the coastline and ocean are magnificent! I’d recommend hiking poles for sturdy footing. The trail is muddy . The 2 mile hike in to the beach is enough for the majority of people!
Written 5 November 2022
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SRSRD
CA15 contributions
Aug 2022
Amazing hike through thick jungle with views. You really feel like you are out there on this hike. Hike to the picnic table and then continue off on the right as the trail continues. Higly recomment this hike.
Written 2 September 2022
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jrh260
Boise, ID33 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Beautiful trail. Gradual climb. Walk about 1.3 miles up. Lush escape with very few people the day we went.
Written 12 June 2022
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