Kuilau Trail

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Phone (808) 274-3433
Address Kuamoo Rd, Kapaa, HI 96746
Moderately difficult out and back trail. 4.4 miles round trip.

• General: Cost: Free • Hiking: Dogs Allowed • Hiking: Equestrian Use • Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 2-3 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Moderate • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes • Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Hiking: Ridge Hike • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Vehicle Activities: Biking

The Kuilau Trail, also called the Kuilau Ridge Trail, is a 2.2 mile long (each way, 5.4 miles round trip) out and back style hike located in the Kapaa area on the eastern side of Kaua'i. With a 600 foot overall elevation gain, the trail is considered to be of moderate difficulty.

To reach the trailhead you'll be taking the Kuhio Highway (56) to Kuamoo Road and head mauka (towards the mountains). Follow this road inland beyond the town area, see our map / directions page for the exact final destination, and you'll end up in the Keahua Forestry Arboretum where the trail is located.

There is a small parking lot on your right which can hold only a few cars. If it's full, continue down a bit further around the bend for more parking. The trailhead for the Kuilau Trail begins just before the first parking lot at the yellow gate. As with any hike, make sure you're prepared and have read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials before heading out.

The early parts of the hike have a variety of both native and non-native plants to enjoy while the (almost) halfway point offers amazing views of the Makaleha Mountain Range and Mount Waialeale. This same area, located next to an Ohia forest (read more about Lehua Blossoms And Ohia Trees) also makes a good place to stop for a break and a snack.

The trail that started at around 600 feet above sea level will work its way up to around 1,200 feet at the highest point. Those aren't the biggest elevation gains but it can still be a workout for some. At the end of the trail you'll connect to the Moalepe Trail. If you continue on you'll have another 2.75 miles on the Moalepe Trail which won't end where you parked and you'll then have a very long return trip. Or, turn around at this point and it's 2.2 miles back to where you started.

Dogs are allowed on this trail but must be kept on a leash at all times and owners must pick up after their animals.