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Awaawapuhi Trail, Kekaha

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  • There isn't much to see during the hike until you get to the end. The first part of the hike was muddy (we had done it a few days after a heavy rain fall). Unfortunately when we got to the look out it...  more »
  • We were fortunate to have clear weather and relatively dry trail with a few slippery spots that was more of a challenge going down than coming up. The views at the end are quite impressive but relativ...  more »
  • This hike is often muddy due to the rain that this park gets. The trail descends 1500' over three miles to the Napali coast and an incredible view from 2500' over the ocean. There is a railing there b...  more »
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  • Bring lots of water. Pick up a walking stick at the start of the trail and be prepared to get you shoes muddy. At the end of the trail there is a fence telling with a warning sign. Obviously don't go down if you're afraid of heights or if the conditions aren't good, but if you wait a bit and a few others go down, try it you came 3.1 miles. I'm a pretty big pansy, but if you go down cautiously you can do it. At the bottom of a small hill there's a narrow bridge and a narrowing/dizzying trail so if you don't feel comfortable turn around. There were enough people going down, so I gave it a shot. It's an exhilarating experience and the highlight of my trip. Never experienced anything like that before.
  • Steep, muddy, wet, awesome. The end can be a little dangerous and sometimes shrouded by the clouds but the view is probably the most insane thing I've ever seen. Completely surreal. 3 miles one way so this is not a quick hike.
  • Absolutely stunning lookout. The 3.1 mile hike from trailhead to lookout is completely worthwhile. For us, it was a tough hike after some rain the day before - lots of muddy spots, slow hiking to avoid slippage. Walking/trekking poles helped a ton. (PRO TIP: People leave walking sticks at the trailhead). The total round trip hike (6.2 miles) took us 5 hours & 6 minutes. On the way back, it was raining lightly but consistently so the trail got even worse, but it's definitely doable. I would rate it at a mid-level difficulty.
  • Nice woody hike with a great payoff in the end. Recommend going early and bringing lots of water because the heat sets in the afternoon which makes the climb out (which is almost all uphill) gruelling
  • Very simple hike with the majority of it down hill. The trail can be slippery as it does rain in this area quite often so make sure to wear the proper footwear. I recommend going very early and wearing plenty of sunblock. The view at the end is worth any agony one may experience along the way. I spent two hours admiring the landscape once I reached the end.