Powerline Trail southern access

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Powerline Trail southern access

Powerline Trail (southern access) Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Powerline Trail is a 10.5-mile trail that links the interior valleys with the north shore at Princeville. The trail, which follows powerlines, is a dirt road cut through the wilderness.

The trail runs along the east side of Mount Waialeale, the wettest spot on earth. This hike from the southern trailhead follows the first 2.5 miles of the muddy trail to an overlook with views of two beautiful waterfalls. For a strenuous all-day event, this trail can be combined with Hike 46 for a fantastic one-way shuttle hike."

Powerline Trail (southern access) Trip Reports

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2/1/2009
Enjoyed the complete hike. It's very lush and wet in sections. Be prepared to even wade through some mud.
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4/15/2007
Mud, Mud holes and ruts characterize this hike. Many better hikes on Kauai.
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8/20/2005
This is a great trail only if you do not mind mud, mudholes, and frequent showers. The views from different parts of the powerline trail are amazing. The first 4+ miles to the trail summit is pure Hawaii rain forest and jungle. We walked the 10.5 mile trail to the northern trailhead where we were picked up. We are a couple, 58 year old male and 56 year old female. The trail was strenuous for us and very wet. It took us 7 1/2 hours to complete the one way Powerline Trail. Well worth it one time. There was no one else on the trail after the first mile, only us, so be prepared to be alone. Cell phones did work on most of the trail.
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Trail Information

Lihue
Nearby City
5
Distance
800 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
U.S.G.S. Waialeale - Recreation Map of Eastern Kauai
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