Pu'u Ki-Wai'alae Trail

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Phone (808) 274-3433
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Address Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, HI 96796
Long hiking trail that's best done on horseback.

Features
• General: Camping • General: Cost: Free
• General: Cost: Paid • Hiking: Equestrian Use
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 10+ Miles
• Hiking: Level: Difficult • Hiking: Out & Back Trail
• Sightseeing: Great Views

Matt Anderson's Take
The Pu'u Ki-Wai'alae Trail is an 11 mile long (each way), out and back style hike trail in the Waimea area on the west side of Kaua'i. The trail only has one trailhead which starts after the end of Menehune Road in Waimea.


You'll actually need to drive to the southern trailhead for the Waimea Canyon Trail and take that trail for a while until it forks off on the right which will be the Puu Ki-Waialae Trail. This means that you'll want to first follow the directions for the Waimea Canyon Trail (southern trailhead) to get started and, if at all possible, we recommend having somebody drop you off as the parking near the end of Menehune Road is less than desirable (see Vehicle Theft In Hawaii).


The Puu Ki-Waialae Trail will continue on for 11 miles until you reach the Waialae cabin which has a campsite but you can only camp here with a permit (which you'll need to secure before heading out and keep with you at all time). This is a long, 8 hour or so hike for most hikers and if you're doing the full hike you still have to hike that same amount back out. Most people who use this trail do so on horseback because of the long length but if you're hiking on foot expect a difficult hike.


As with any hike, we can't stress preparation enough which is why you should always brush up on Hiking Safety & Essentials and make sure you're properly equipped for any hike, especially one this long.
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