Pihea Trail
Pihea Trail
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KendianaJones
Burien, WA160 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was raining intermittently the entire time we were on this trail. We made it to the Vista, despite slippery clay, large mudholes, and rain showers. Unfortunately, the view from the end wasn’t much better than what we had seen near the trailhead!

On the way back, we went a short distance down the continuation of the trail, which eventually connects to the Alakai Swamp Trail. We went far enough to experience the boardwalks, had a snack, then turned around and headed out. A huge rain squall hit us just an eighth of a mile from the trailhead. We hunkered behind small trees as best we could, then climbed our way up past the raging brown river that hadn’t been there moments earlier.
Written 25 March 2020
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irawine
Benicia, CA637 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Challenging but manageable trail in Koke’e State Park affording wonderful views of the Napali Coast. It rained a bit as we hiked, which made the trail even muddier, but, resulted in some glorious rainbows over the ocean. Well worth it.
Written 3 November 2022
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smit1691
Shreveport, Louisiana, USA61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This was an awesome hike in Kokee State Park with awesome views of the Na Pali coastline! When we visited, it was a beautiful blue sky day and the trail was dry! The viewpoints of the Kalalau Valley were breathtaking! We had read in a travel book, if you only had time to take one hike in this park, this was the one to hike! We totally agree! About 12 years earlier when we visited Kauai, we took the Nu'alolo Cliffs hike. It was a great hike, but much longer and you do not see the Na Pali coastline until you come to the end of the hike. We would definitely recommend this hike! Lush green hike as you walk through the Kauai red dirt. Saw Ohi'a trees blooming also! Beautiful!
Written 19 June 2022
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Curiosity301922
175 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Beautiful trail. Muddy but manageable . Not a paved trail. Lovely views, plants and trees. You will need proper hiking shoes . I wouldn't attempt this hike after rainfall. When we hiked some of this trail it hadn't rained in a few days and some spots were still muddy. We hike to the 0.5 mile marker which took us about 25 mins. Beautiful views the whole way! Trail is long but we only did 0.5 miles of it. I believe that the trail is 7.7 miles and joines another trail. Parking at the Pu'u o kila lookout point parking lot. Parking lot ticket is good for all the lots in the canyon. What little we hiked was worth it.
Written 22 February 2022
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Tanya F
Loddon, UK165 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
I had read reviews about this trail in advance so knew what to expect but also has a tip from a local to wear studded water shoes rather than hiking boots.

We did see hikers kitted out with professional gear as well as people in flip-flops and trainers. The latter didn't make it very far. Walking poles is also a great idea too.

Personally I felt the water shoes was the best idea ever. Before you think I'm mad, I have hiked the likes of the Rockies in the right gear, so not just some complete novice, but I'm open to trying new things and surely the locals have a clue, and they did... The trail is very wet and slippery. There are in some places small footings and thin tree roots to balance on where I don't think I'd be comfortable in clumpy boots. We saw people in boots on their backside too. The water shoes kept their grip 99% of the time, there's no sharp stones to hurt the soles of your feet and for the parts where we were literally climbing up and down, absolutely Perfect!

Anyway, enough about the shoes!

The views are stunning. Go early for the best sun as in general more rainclouds roll from inland the later it gets. We had great views until the very end of the hike when the clouds did roll over us, however they also dissipated very quickly (within 10 mimutes) to give us a beautiful view of the valley.

Be prepared to get very muddy.
Be prepared to get wet when a raincloud rolls over you.
Most of all laugh and have fun.
Written 28 April 2018
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GalavantingJeff
Ottawa, Ontario732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
Hike Pihea trail 10 Dec 17
Parked at Pu’u O Kila Lookout at 08:50 with ample parking. Started the trail at 09:00 with patches of blue sky showing here and there through the clouds. Ocean fog / mist rolling in. Yes slippery red mud and muddy at times but you are on the Garden Island in Dec peeps. Yes I saw people in flip flops, not for long though. 1.5 kms / .93 miles to Pihea Vista junction which took an hour. Be prepared to grab some roots or solid holds so you can scamper up what is usually a slick final incline to the top. Trail down to Alakai Swamp Trail junction was 600 meters of mud sliding down the ravine. Wife was not happy as she had running shoes not her hikers. We decided to turned around, total bummer for me.
Beautiful scenery, incredible flora and only heard the birds singing. It did cleared up quickly so we luck out with the view.
Something to think about-it rains an average of 260 days per year in Kauai. Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest places on the planet is close by.
Recommendations:
Hikers with an aggressive tread will be best;
Snow ice clip for shoe;
Hiking/Walking Pole;
Gaiters;
White shirt so you can turn it to Kauai dirt shirt; and
Enjoy.
Written 28 December 2017
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kyrg01
Underhill, VT132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
The short hike to the Vista view point is easy enough, but he trail is degraded in several places to a single foot step which could easy twist an ankle if not approached correctly. Plenty of other reviews show the trail conditions encountered.
Deep lugged trail shoes, light weight hiking shoes, or sneakers with micro spikes are my recommendation for a sure footed hike. A hiking pole would not be a bad idea as well.
I did see a lot people who I thought were under prepared,including a couple who had a 6 month old strapped to the fathers chest and some 70+ year old types who had yet to reach the diciest parts of the trail. Hopefully the made the right choices for themselves.
At the survey marker, the view is very good, just be aware that when you stand near the edge, you are overhanging a 500' drop as the land is undercut where you are standing.
Truth be told, the views in the first few hundred yards from the official view point are just as good as the one from the survey marker vista.
Written 23 November 2018
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JJTrouble
Anchorage, AK207 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
From the Pu’u O Kila lookout at the end of the road up Waimea Canyon begins the Pihea Trail. Many people walk to the Pihea vista which is just over a mile from the lookout, but few travel beyond it. It’s a shame because the trail actually becomes much better after another quarter mile or so. You will come to a boardwalk which in many places needs to be rebuilt or replaced, but it appears the process has already begun - composite boards have been put in along several parts of the trail. If you plan to hike most or all of this trail or the similar Alakai swamp trail, I recommend light trail running shoes with a thin sock, a trekking pole, and plenty of snacks and water. The trail is almost always wet and the rocks, roots, and red clay make it especially slippery. Expect to get dirty. But the views are worth it. We hiked to the junction with the Alakai trail and then followed it another two miles to the Kilohana Lookout which is in an incredibly swampy area. Fortunately, the boardwalk keeps you mostly dry.
Written 30 May 2018
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johnnythegreat
Edina, MN34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
We’ve been in Kauai now a week (our second trip to the island) and waited for just the right day with the least likelihood of rain. We left our hotel (Grand Hyatt) at 9am sharp and got to the end of the road up the mountain by 10:30am. We stopped at a few scenic overlooks by the Waimea Canyon and Na Pali side before starting the hike. We’re not big hikers (we hike in workout gear not REI gear), but are very active working out at least 5 days a week. We decided on this hike after reviewing all the information online and opting for an easier path to get in a nice workout and take in the scenery. Round trip we hiked about 2.5 miles just out to the Pihea Vista and back at a moderate pace completing the trip in 90 minutes. It rained a bit during the week but today was totally dry and no clouds, which is really rare at the peak. He ground was muddy most of the way but manageable overall. We recommend hiking shoes, not boots, and even some outdoor work gloves to climb some of the mud trails to the summit. I had a great time hiking through but my wife didn’t like the muddy conditions at all. The views got better and better as we went along the trail but really weren’t that much different than the initial view from the non-hiker viewing area at the beginning. If you’re looking for an easy one hour hike just stop and turn around after .5-.75 miles and go back. The clouds came rushing in as we were leaving and definitely obstructed the views. Best time to start is definitely early to mid morning to beat the crowds and tour bus outfitters.
Written 26 January 2018
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Mark K
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
Consider Dramamine before the ride up to the top for anyone who gets car sick. The trail itself is pretty easy for those in good physical condition. It's uneven and involves a little climbing, but my kids handled it easily. Breath taking panoramic views. Did this in 1/2 day starting in Poipu.
Written 10 July 2017
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