Kapaa, Hawaii

Hike Kalepa Ridge

1.6 Miles Total - 580 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Saul Jacob

Hike above the Kalalua Valley on this unofficial and unmarked trail.

Kalepa Ridge is a narrow, unofficial trail that starts at the Kalalau Lookout in Koke'e State Park.

To get to the trailhead, drive to the popular Kalalau Valley Lookout near the end of highway 550 in Koke'e State Park. Look toward the left (ocean side) of the parking lot where you'll see the unmarked start of the trail near a break in the fence.

The trail starts through the brush with a steep decline, so it's a good idea to have hiking poles and a good pair of shoes or boots. Eventually, you'll follow the ridge line with incredible views of the Kalalau Valley to your right.

Kalepa Ridge is unmaintained, steep, and can be dangerous, especially when wet. Turn back if conditions are not right or if it is beyond your hiking ability.   

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Trail has been closed off

We tried to do this trail today, the break in the fence has been closed off with signs saying not to go forward

Best hike in kauai

This hike was incredible. It’s not so difficult even when it’s quite wet and muddy out, and it is totally worth taking your time along the way. The views here are absolutely spectacular and you can get a 360 view from the summit of the ocean, the mountains, and the trail you just completed. Overall best hike in kauai!

over 2 years ago

Great hike!

A must hike in Kauai! Absolutely breathtaking views! It’s a little muddy and steep on the hike back. Only a couple of spots where you are close to the edge.

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