best hikes on Kauai, Hawaii?

Friends just confirmed today they are spending 2wks on Kauai the end of March.

Of course, that got me thinking. …

This is the guidebook my friends are using. It has a pretty good overview of hikes on the island.

Kauai Revealed

The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook: Kauai Revealed

Other resources include this DVD: Hiking Hawaii: Kauai

And these guidebooks:

  • Kauai Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Bike, Paddle, Surf
  • Kaua’I Trails: Walks, Strolls, and Treks on the Garden Island
  • Day Hikes on Kauai, 3rd
  • At first glance, looks to me the best area is Waimea Canyon State Park. Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” by Mark Twain. It’s close, I think, to the famed Na Pali Coast. (Got to kayak there, too.)

    Na Pali Coast – Wikipedia – Julius Silver

    The most interesting website looks to be Waialeale Basecamp. Their trails page has some extreme off-trail trip reports.

    Mike (volcantrek8) from that site has a flickr page dedicated to hiking photos from Kauai. Some samples:

    Gazing into Olokele Valley – flickr

    Mount Waialeale – flickr

    Leave a comment if you have any advice regarding hikes on this beautiful isle. (I’m looking for cheap airfare next.)

    4 Replies to “best hikes on Kauai, Hawaii?”

    1. I’ve been hiking on Kauai for five years now. The best book and most current is Kauai Trailblazer. Can’t beat it for excellent trail selection and driving directions. Amazon sells it.

    2. Plenty of excellent hiking in the Kokee area of Kauai. A couple three days there can be filled with a new hike every day.

      Then, of course, there is Kalalau.

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