Nu'alolo Trail

Waimea, Hawaii

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This popular trail leads to one of the finest views of the Na Pali Coast. It can be combined with the Awa’awapuhi Trail via the Nu’alolo Cliff Trail to make a 9-mile semi-loop. It is an upside-down hike, so start early, take plenty of water, and do not overestimate your stamina. Many people find it a struggle to get back up to the trailhead before dark. If it is raining do not go past the Nu’alolo Cliff Trail junction to the viewpoint. It is on a narrow, exposed, slippery ridge, very dangerous if wet. From the trailhead sign, head up the service road to the trail on the left (west). The trail climbs over a hump, then begins a slippery, muddy scramble over tree roots down along a streambed (on your right) lined with a combination of native koa trees and karakanut trees, an exotic species with big dark shiny green leaves. This part of the trail is almost always wet.

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"This popular trail leads to one of the finest views of the Na Pali Coast. It can be combined with the Awa’awapuhi Trail via the Nu’alolo Cliff Trail to make a 9-mile semi-loop. It is an upside-down hike, so start early, take plenty of water, and do not overestimate your stamina. Many people find it a struggle to get back up to the trailhead before dark. If it is raining do not go past the Nu’alolo Cliff Trail junction to the viewpoint. It is on a narrow, exposed, slippery ridge, very dangerous if wet.

From the trailhead sign, head up the service road to the trail on the left (west). The trail climbs over a hump, then begins a slippery, muddy scramble over tree roots down along a streambed (on your right) lined with a combination of native koa trees and karakanut trees, an exotic species with big dark shiny green leaves. This part of the trail is almost always wet."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waimea
Distance: 7.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Koke’e State Park
Local Maps: USGS Haena
Driving Directions: Directions to Nu'alolo Trail

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May 2018