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Pihea Trail - 2 members in 5 triplogs have rated this an average 4.5 ( 1 to 5 best )
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Dec 16 2017
ddgrunning
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48 male
 Joined Apr 13 2011
 Gilbert, AZ
Pihea TrailKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Dec 16 2017
ddgrunning
Hiking4.02 Miles 948 AEG
Hiking4.02 Miles   1 Hour   59 Mns   2.19 mph
948 ft AEG      9 Mns Break
 
1st trip
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Hike 2 of 3 on my one-day tour of Waimea Canyon. This one starts at Pu'u O Kila lookout at the end of the road. The first section of the trail has impressive views down into Kalalau Valley and the coast line, 4,000 feet below. Once you reach the Pihea Vista lookout, the trail then descends towards the Alkalai swamp. Much of the trail from there on is supported by a boardwalk to help keep you out of the muck. It was beautiful, but got a little monotonous. after a couple of miles, I reached a trail junction, with the options of extending another two miles to a cool lookout over Hanalei on the north shore, but the time trade off (and the monotony of the swamp views) persuaded me to return to the trailhead to squeeze one more hike in on the day.
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Aug 05 2013
Illuminata Pho
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61 male
 Joined May 19 2010
 Fitchburg, WI
Pihea TrailKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Aug 05 2013
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Hiking1.90 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   1.20 mph
193 ft AEG      10 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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This was an easy first hike in Kaua'i for my kids and I.

My first note here is to read the other trip logs. They've mostly said it all. If you can, get to the trailhead early as the parking lot quickly fills with cars. It took us >one hour to drive here from the Poipu/Koloa area.

My second note is that the trail does NOT start to the right of the sign marking the Pihea Vista Trail. That's a false trail that many appear to have taken, including us! But, after a few minutes of climbing down the hill and coming to a dead end, it was fairly obvious. :)

Once on the right path - the broad, red clay, promenade - we had a great, warm, humid hike.

My kids (7 & 9) LOVED this hike, which means I also loved it. The hike itself is relatively easy. For kids, there are lots of little distractions that will keep them going. For example, my kids loved climbing the occasional tree or vine. The further you go on this trail, towards Pihea Vista, the more difficult the trail becomes - slick, wet clay; handholds; maybe puddles. We all got a little dirty on this hike and my kids really loved the last few muddy scrambles up to the Vista.

We were all hot, sweaty, muddy and happy by the time that we got back to the car.
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based on our New Zealand knowledge, we saw Pohutukawa in bloom, Metrosideros spp.
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Jan 16 2013
leonesiegel
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61 male
 Joined Jan 15 2010
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pihea TrailKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Jan 16 2013
leonesiegel
Hiking2.80 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking2.80 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   1.46 mph
193 ft AEG      20 Mns Break
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Now THIS was the mud-slog hike and perhaps the most challenging 3 mile hike I can remember. Nearly every step, it seemed, was an adventure due to vast mud bogs and climbing with mud caked shoes, quite the kick! We thought it was really cool that we started this hike in the clouds and continued in this fashion for most of the the way up to the Point until we realized that this completely obscured our views of the Kalalau Valley below! Ugh! Slow going, really slow, thirty minute miles, but all with good caution. An elderly gent with an British accent hiked with us a while, smartly planting his poles, singing "mud, glorious mud!" and exhorting us on to "plant the flag" at the Point. Well the point of this experience was to get the views, those fantastic views, would the sun cooperate? As we finally reached Pihea Point lo and behold by magic the clouds parted and we were treated to those awesome views! Fantastic. All told we only fell once each on this crazy day, no harm done but to our pride. Great hike.
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Kalalau Valley
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Aug 03 2011
slegal
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57 male
 Joined Jan 27 2007
 Thousand Oaks, C
Pihea TrailKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Aug 03 2011
slegal
Hiking1.90 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking1.90 Miles
193 ft AEG
 
1st trip
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This was actually a maintenance hike for me. What does that mean? A friend of mine is a regular visitor to Kauai and an avid geocacher. She has hidden many geocaches in Maui including on on the Pihea Trail and on on the Alakai Swamp Trail. I was aware that both geocaches had been reported missing and I offered to go hike to each of them to see if they were there. In this case I used the geocaches as a destination and was more interested in where they were located than actually finding them.

The weather was rain as I drove toward the trailhead. After such a great day several days earlier on the Berry Flat Trail, I banked on the weather improving. I started the hike out looking at rain in front of me, but not right where I was. The view of the Kalalau Valley was obscured by rain, but majestic. By the time I got to the point where the rain had been, it had moved, leaving only a very muddy trail behind. It was a very slippery climb to Pihea Vista. It was worth it for the views.

Just below Pihea Vista was where the first geocache was and it took me a long time to find, but find it I did. That's one reported missing cache down and one to go. While searching I met a very nice family from Oahu that was in Kauai for a day trip and chose the same destination as I had.

I slipped and slid my way down off of Pihea Vista and head off toward the Alakai Swamp Trail. Once I made it down off of the Vista the trail became a boardwalk all of the way to the Alakai Swamp Trail. This was a welcome relief from all of the mud. Although the spectacular vies of the Na Pali Coast were behind me, the scenery of dense jungle was nonetheless spectacular.

When I reached the Alakai Swamp Trail there was a group of very tired looking Boy Scouts and even more tired looking scout leaders. They had apparently been out for several days and were on the move each day. I'm guessing that they were near the end of their trek when I saw them and I never did see them again. On I went north on the Alakai Swamp Trail to the Kawaikoa Stream Crossing where the other geocache I had agreed to look for was located. It took me close to 45 minutes to find it. Any sane person would have given up long beofre, but I took periodic breaks to look at the stream. I finally found the geocache.

I had intended to continue all of the way to the end of the Alakai Swamp Trail where a spectacular view of Princeville awaited. Unfortunately, I spent so much of my day looking for my friend's geocaches that I didn't have enough time left to continue on, so back I went. On the bright side, I do have a destination for my next trip and plan to do the whole trip.

I posted a view of this hike on Youtube. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBCL4V18uyY
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Pihea
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Aug 28 1991
mazatzal
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62 male
 Joined Jul 28 2004
 Scottsdale, AZ
Pihea TrailKauai, HI
Kauai, HI
Hiking avatar Aug 28 1991
mazatzal
Hiking3.00 Miles 193 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
193 ft AEG
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1st trip
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We took Pihea over to the cliffs and the great views. We also went the other way to the Alkali Swamp trail with the old telephone poles!
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average hiking speed 1.62 mph

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