Kuliʻouʻou Ridge Trail
Kuliʻouʻou Ridge Trail
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Peru201193
Las Vegas, NV425 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
The view is stunning at the end of the trail, no doubt very rewarding for those who can make it up there, and back down. It’s tougher than the first 2 miles of the Napali Coast trail on Kauai. It’s the combination of mud and slippery that makes this trail a no joke for those who want to do it

1. Get a hiking stick or pick up one along the way. You will need it for the last stretch. Steep steps on mud and wet tree roots. Those roots looks nice and nice holding place for your feet - deceiving. The tree roots are exponentially slippery than mud when wet.

2. Coming up is tiring. Getting down is knee jerking.

3. Start early. View is better. Trail less crowded

4. Wear long sleeves, long pants. Or be the feast to the tropical bugs

5. Bring water, hat, jacket for the top

Overall, the trail is not dangerous just very wet muddy and slippery.

It does have one of the best views on any Hawaii island
Written 26 December 2023
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Murphy M
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Gorgeous hike with a great view at the end! Tough for sure but totally worth it. Steps at the top can get a bit slippery, especially if there is weather so be careful. Also, top of the mountain is sandy and slippery as well!
Written 31 May 2023
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newhampshire411
Chicago, IL368 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
This is an awesome hike, but you need to take sure that everyone in your party is in good shape. Part of my exhaustion might have been the fact that my almost 16-year--old cross-country running son insisted that we make it up and down in record pace: the All Trails guide says it takes about 3.5 hours and we were back down at the bottom in one hour and 55 minutes. It took us one hour to get up, and it is almost 2000 feet up. There are a few steep sections where you are forced to scramble up a never ending, root covered hill, and several sections of 100's (yes 100's) of stairs. The view from the top is the best I have seen on the island and makes Diamond Head seem small. Bring lots of water for the trip. It is fairly shaded, and gets cooler and a bit breezy as you get towards the top. My knees hurt me on the way down due to all the steps.
Written 6 January 2023
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chowso
Gloucester, UK1,758 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
This is a challenging climb. We did it after Koko railway and the lighthouse trail so probably better to do it as your only hike of the day. The views at the top are awesome but it’s too windy to appreciate them for long, plus there’s a lot of grit in the wind. The stairs at the top are the hardest part. You’ll need lots of water - we ran out with about 2/3 of the trip back left to go (only took 500ml each). Also good shoes - lots of trip hazards and potential to slip. Worth doing despite all of that, I only wish we hadn’t done it on the same day as the other trails.
Written 13 June 2022
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VoyagerZ5533OA
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
I LOVED this trail and picked it specifically because of the changes in scenery as you go up. I was not disappointed!

Difficulty level: Surprisingly okay! I was so nervous about the comments calling this a tough hike that I almost skipped it, but I ended up having no trouble (wasn't even sore the next day!). I don't go to the gym and haven't hiked in years, but I can walk long distances and have lots of stairs in my house so maybe that counts? Our 7-year-old wouldn't have wanted to do it, though. Some of the steps at the top were quite high (1+ ft) and I felt safer going down sideways in some parts.

Tips: (1) Start early! We were able to find easy parking this way but you need to be extra quiet. We locked our car silently to not disturb sleeping neighbors. (2) Again, start early! We started our hike around 6:30 am. It was still cool and it didn't get hot until we were already getting to the top, about 1h50min later. We didn't need sunscreen. (3) Did I mention, start early? We had the trail to ourselves and it made the experience feel more magical, especially the middle section, before the final push to the top. We stopped once in a while to look around, listen to nature, and take it all in. On the way back, we met at least 40 hikers and it definitely didn't feel the same. (4) Bring water and snacks, obviously. Hiking boots were also helpful and you won't worry if it's muddy that day or not. (5) Take your time and enjoy.
Written 28 May 2022
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This was a proper hike without the crowds - at least in the morning. If you go early it is far easier as you have already ascended a bit once it begins to get hot around mid-morning (9am say).

It is refreshingly windy at the top and the vantage point is just remarkable.
Written 5 May 2021
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L.Kushnir
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
"IF YOU LIKE WALKING AROUND BAGS OF DOG POO THIS IS THE TRAIL FOR YOU"

Hikers are ruining this trail.
They are parking their cars in driveways, in front of fire hydrents and stop signs. People in the neighborhood have started calling police and tow trucks to get them towed because they've had to put up with it for years.
Hikers are leaving bags of dog poo and trash on the pavement and curbs.
When they get to the trail some of them leave their dogs run wild to poo all over the trail.
The ones that leash their dogs liter the trails with dog poo bags, empty bottles and trash.
When they come back to the begining of the trail you will always navigate around a big pile of bags of dog poo.
They are ruining it for everybody!
The city, county and state won't do anything about it!
Written 18 January 2021
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Sandra P
Montreal, Canada184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
It is an excellent hike for experienced hikers that come prepared. We were expecting to hike Moana, but it was closed so we ended up here. This hike is quite steep at points and quite scary. We would have loved to have completed it, the views are spectacular, but unfortunately we got hungry and had to turn back. Next time, we will pack provisions and make a day of it!
Written 17 March 2020
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J H
Calgary, Canada417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Parking is in a residential area. This hike was longer than posted on All Trails. It starts with lots of switch backs in a forest. Then some trail hiking. Then some stairs. These stairs were pretty washed out but still do able. It was pretty dry (except for a few sections in the forest) so the stairs weren't too bad for us. The view from the top is very pretty. We did prefer Wiliwilinui Ridge over this hike, it was shorter and more of a 360 view. Approx 5 miles round trip. Took us about 4 hours. But there were definitely quicker groups passing us.
Written 25 February 2020
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Kawikamf
Honolulu, HI25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
You will enjoy the hike! But, the hike is not easy!! However, the view will be great, and will provide a panoramic view!
Written 20 November 2019
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