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Powerline Trail, Kauai

1.9
#14 of 14 in Trails in Kauai
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3.2
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  • I've done powerline from the Arboretum about 6-7 times. I always approach the trail as a trail runner. I've done the trail on clear days. Scarily cloudy days. Done the trail 3 times on acid. Done the ...  more »
  • I want to preface this by saying the other reviews I read about this hike are kind of critical about things that make this hike what it is, currently; muddy, unrecognizable, overgrown, and sometimes f...  more »
  • My husband and I are avid hikers. Having hiked the entire Kalalau Trail, Awa'awapuhi to Nualolo Cliff to Nualolo trail and several others, we were looking forward to another long day hike. The Powerli...  more »
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  • Muddy with limited to non-existent views. There are dozens of trails more appealing than this one. And some are very nearby.
  • Recommend bringing large. Waterproof boots. And if you can try not to wander to far off the main trail
  • Drove to the trail start and trail ends and didn't quite like where one would have to park to hike this trail. Scenery is possibly not the best. Really enjoyed driving to both ends of the trail though.
  • Unbelievable drive up the mountain.
  • The Powerline Trail is an unmaintained trail that runs for 13 miles from Princeville in the north at the end of Kapa Ka Street to the Keahua Forestry Arboretum in the south. The first two miles from the north end follow a maintenance dirt road, and the trail is level and relatively easy. Thereafter, the trail quickly becomes extremely muddy and overgrown. Casual hikers can enjoy the first two miles, but the rest of the trail requires tall boots, long-sleeve shirt and pants, and probably a machete. At around the 1 mile marker, there is side trail that splits off to the right (north) that is much more scenic and shaded, affording views of the Hanalei Valley (see photo). Looking south, a beautiful waterfall can be seen in the distance at around eye level.

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