The Best Trails in Hawaii (United States)

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Photo of Nukolii Beach Photo of Waikoloa to Mauna Lani and Pauoa Bay by shoreline trail, and return by Kings trail Photo of Three in one
  • Nukolii Beach

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    near Hanamā‘ulu, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    5.22mi
    Elevation +
    331f
    TrailRank
    70
    Photo of Nukolii Beach Photo of Nukolii Beach Photo of Nukolii Beach

    A nice beach walk right outside your door at Kauai Beach Villas G6. Nukolii Beach is a two mile while sand beach in front of Kauai Beach Villas G6. It fronts Wailua Golf Course and Lydgate State Park. The beach is oft...

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  • near Wailua House Lots, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    4.17mi
    Elevation +
    984f
    TrailRank
    66| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Sleeping Giant Trails, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Sleeping Giant Trails, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Sleeping Giant Trails, Kauai Hawaii

    Nounou (East) Trail To access the east trailhead, turn up mauka onto Halelilio Road off of Kuhio Highway (Hwy 56). The parking area for the trailhead is paved and well marked. It is located on the east side of Haleli...

    Nice trail, some pretty views, can be muddy in spots.
    Port flora
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  • Three in one

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    near Hā‘ena, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    11.72mi
    Elevation +
    3402f
    TrailRank
    60
    Photo of Three in one Photo of Three in one Photo of Three in one

    Not quite top ten in my lifetime but certainly knocking on the door. It is a combination of three different trails, the Nu'alolo trail, the Nu'alolo Cliff trail and the Awa-awapuhi trail. Starting with the Nu'alolo trail...

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  • Waimano Trail - Oahu

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    near Pacific Palisades, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    14.38mi
    Elevation +
    3796f
    TrailRank
    59| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Waimano Trail - Oahu Photo of Waimano Trail - Oahu Photo of Waimano Trail - Oahu

    Very nice and solitary trail. In the begining, the trail goes alongside an old ruined water canal, flanking the valley. On that canal you can see multiple tunnels for the water just near the trail, the firs ones are wa...

    Awesome trail. Be aware you will be passing through a hunting ground with feral hogs. Also there is a bit of rope assist...
    snaker
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  • near Pua‘ākala, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    6.35mi
    Elevation +
    4656f
    TrailRank
    56
    Photo of Mauna Kea hike from Visitors Center Photo of Mauna Kea hike from Visitors Center Photo of Mauna Kea hike from Visitors Center

    This describes the one way hike from the visitors center to the summit of Mauna Kea. The trail has no shade or water so be sure to bring a good hat, sunscreen, and plenty to drink. I did this in August and the temperatur...

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  • near Kīpahulu, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    6.25mi
    Elevation +
    2185f
    TrailRank
    56| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Pipiwai Trail - Waimoku falls & Seven sacred pools (Pools of ‘Ohe’o) - Maui Photo of Pipiwai Trail - Waimoku falls & Seven sacred pools (Pools of ‘Ohe’o) - Maui Photo of Pipiwai Trail - Waimoku falls & Seven sacred pools (Pools of ‘Ohe’o) - Maui

    English: First of all, this is a MUST. This is the last stage of the Road to Hana. It won't be a long one (aprox 2 hours with all stops for pictures). In order to start this hike you need to enter into the National pa...

    This is a must do in Maui! Fantastic hike with an amazing waterfall at the end!
    aidacierco
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  • Waihe‘e Ridge Trail

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    near Waihe‘e, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    4.45mi
    Elevation +
    1460f
    TrailRank
    55| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Waihe‘e Ridge Trail Photo of Waihe‘e Ridge Trail Photo of Waihe‘e Ridge Trail

    Gates open at 7:00am to get access to upper parking, if you’re late you will need to use overflow parking and an extra walk. We were completely clouded in at 8:15am at top, but it cleared during descent spectacular view...

    Lovely hike. Start early, I started at 9 a.m. and that's too late.(I had to park in the overflow parking and add ca 3km ...
    Brii63
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  • Kilauea Falls, Kauai Hawaii

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    near Kilauea, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    3.80mi
    Elevation +
    512f
    TrailRank
    54| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Kilauea Falls, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Kilauea Falls, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Kilauea Falls, Kauai Hawaii

    Kilauea Waterfalls are one of my favorites on the island. It requires a 35-minute hike down to the falls if you don’t have 4x4 vehicle. You do cross some private ranchland that I believe the landowner graciously allows y...

    Incredible views. Lots of traffic
    geniza9
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  • Alakai Swamp Trail, Kauai Hawaii

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    near Hā‘ena, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    7.93mi
    Elevation +
    1148f
    TrailRank
    54| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Alakai Swamp Trail, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Alakai Swamp Trail, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Alakai Swamp Trail, Kauai Hawaii

    What an enjoyable day hike across the highest swamp on earth. The trail begins at the Pu’u o Kila Lookout 4176 feet above the ocean below. The trail follows the rim of the Kalalau Valley. The first 1/2 mile will take you...

    Awesome trail, although I'm a bit out of shape, I made it. If you are out of shape, you would probably consider some par...
    Strangerbuckles
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  • Kalalau Trail, Kauai Hawaii

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    near Hā‘ena, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    9.66mi
    Elevation +
    3307f
    TrailRank
    53
    Photo of Kalalau Trail, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Kalalau Trail, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Kalalau Trail, Kauai Hawaii

    Kalalau Trail is the world famous, ultimate Kauai hike that everyone talks about and would like to accomplish if they had the time. It generally takes you a couple of days to complete the round trip hike. Most people tha...

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  • near Wailua Homesteads, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    5.29mi
    Elevation +
    43f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of Dirt Road to Blue Hole past Jurassic Gate, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Dirt Road to Blue Hole past Jurassic Gate, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Dirt Road to Blue Hole past Jurassic Gate, Kauai Hawaii

    All My Condos in Kauai Follow My Blue Hole Blog Heading inland from Wailua on Kuamoo Road (580) past Opaekaa Falls and the Wailua Reservoir to the Keahua Arboretum. Keahua Arboretum is home to mango, monkeypod, ...

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  • near Hā‘ena, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    8.48mi
    Elevation +
    1791f
    TrailRank
    52
    Photo of Kalalau & Hanakāpī‘ai Falls Trail Photo of Kalalau & Hanakāpī‘ai Falls Trail Photo of Kalalau & Hanakāpī‘ai Falls Trail

    Wonderful trails at Nāpali Coast. Trail up to the waterfall was a bit tricky (muddy and you have to cross four times the stream). If you hike when it isn’t raining everything is totally fine. Swimming in the waterfall wa...

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  • Hawaii: Canyon Trail

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    near Mānā, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    4.99mi
    Elevation +
    1306f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of Hawaii: Canyon Trail Photo of Hawaii: Canyon Trail Photo of Hawaii: Canyon Trail

    (en) Nice hike inside the Waimea Canyon. If you have a 4WD you can park at the trailhead. With 2WD you have to walk down also the 4WD road to the start. The trail has several very nice views into the canyon. It passes th...

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  • near Mānā, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    3.38mi
    Elevation +
    863f
    TrailRank
    51| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Waimea canyon trail to Waipoo falls Photo of Waimea canyon trail to Waipoo falls Photo of Waimea canyon trail to Waipoo falls

    Rocky sometimes, steep in some parts. Awesome views almost at the end. You can take a swim at the waterfall before going back.

    Great trail for the family. Was quite muddy and there was lots of tree roots but it was a good hike. Great view at the t...
    miriam.sterland
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  • Sleeping Giant

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    near Olohena, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    4.09mi
    Elevation +
    1467f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of Sleeping Giant Photo of Sleeping Giant Photo of Sleeping Giant

    A nice climb up to some descent views of the ocean and surrounding area. A little muddy in spots and the top could be hazardous to your health. There are a couple of viewpoints during the hike in addition to the summit a...

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  • Okolehao trail

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    near Hanalei Homesteads, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    3.44mi
    Elevation +
    1257f
    TrailRank
    51
    Photo of Okolehao trail Photo of Okolehao trail Photo of Okolehao trail

    A nice trail that starts at a bird sanctuary near Hanalei and climbs up the ridgeline to give you nice views of the surrounding area. The trail is not well marked but it is well travelled and easy to follow. There are se...

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  • near Wailua Homesteads, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    10.70mi
    Elevation +
    1955f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of Powerline Trail Complete, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Powerline Trail Complete, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Powerline Trail Complete, Kauai Hawaii

    South Powerline Trail South leading from Wailua is very lush with tropical views of the native Hawaiian rainforest and waterfalls. To reach the trail, turn off on Hwy 580 and go 8 miles past Coco Palms, Opaekaa Falls, an...

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  • near Wailua, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    6.00nm
    Elevation +
    518f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of Kayak Wailua River to Secret Falls Trail, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Kayak Wailua River to Secret Falls Trail, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Kayak Wailua River to Secret Falls Trail, Kauai Hawaii

    I'm not trying to cutout the outfitters but this trip is easy and less expensive if you do it on you own. Many of the rental companies offer full day rentals for ~$55 for a 2 person kayak. They will load your car and pro...

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  • near Niuli‘i, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    7.78mi
    Elevation +
    2421f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of Pololu Valley - Honokane Nui - Honokane Iki Photo of Pololu Valley - Honokane Nui - Honokane Iki Photo of Pololu Valley - Honokane Nui - Honokane Iki

    Hike from Pololu Lookup parking lot inside, passing through the first and second valleys and arriving to our objective: Honokane Iki. The trail is moderate, and took us 6 hours in total in and out, including a half-hour ...

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  • near Hā‘ena, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    11.11mi
    Elevation +
    2333f
    TrailRank
    50
    Photo of Pihea Trail to Alakai Swamp Trail Loop, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Pihea Trail to Alakai Swamp Trail Loop, Kauai Hawaii Photo of Pihea Trail to Alakai Swamp Trail Loop, Kauai Hawaii

    Pihea Trail is located at the end of the road at the top of Waimea Canyon past Kokee State Park and by the Pu’u O Kila Lookout. There is a trail sign along with a well faded sign saying - ”Mt. Waialeale Wettest spot on e...

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  • Kapaa trail

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    Road Bike
    near Kumukumu, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    16.07mi
    Elevation +
    217f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Kapaa trail Photo of Kapaa trail Photo of Kapaa trail

    Also known as the Ke Ala Hele Makalae Shared Use Path. Whatever the name, I had seen several portions from the Kuhio highway and wasn't too keen on exploring it. Maxini insisted and I'm glad she did. There are numerous s...

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  • Mauna Loa Summit Trail

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    near Papaloa, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    10.42mi
    Elevation +
    2218f
    TrailRank
    49
    Photo of Mauna Loa Summit Trail Photo of Mauna Loa Summit Trail Photo of Mauna Loa Summit Trail

    Recognized as the largest active volcano in the world Mauna Loa is one of five in a chain of Hawaiian volcanoes and while visiting the Big Island I was lucky enough to have lunch while sitting in its massive crater. Ther...

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  • Waipio Valley Trail

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    near Kukuihaele, Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    6.82mi
    Elevation +
    2070f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Waipio Valley Trail Photo of Waipio Valley Trail Photo of Waipio Valley Trail

    Rim to Rim to Rim - This 10km return hike starts at Waipio Valley Lookout on east end of valley and proceeds down Waipio Valley Road and into the village. At Hiilawe Stream double back on Waipio Valley Road and stay left...

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  • near Lae ‘Apuki (historical), Hawaii (United States)
    Distance
    15.12mi
    Elevation +
    817f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of One night in Mordor (searching hot lava) Photo of One night in Mordor (searching hot lava) Photo of One night in Mordor (searching hot lava)

    I rated this track as difficult because it was really challenging in terms of technical difficulty (trying to avoid to twist my ankle) and also psychologically. I must put in context that in the morning I had driven from...

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