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Hike Kalepa Ridge

Kapaa, Hawaii

based on 5 reviews



1.6 miles

Elevation Gain

580 ft

Route Type



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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Hike Kalepa Ridge Reviews

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

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!

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.

If you are short on time it's the best way to spend it in the area. Like some of the other ridge hikes (Honopu, Nu'alolo, Awa'awapuhi) but shorter and less publicized so more secluded.

As an avid hiker from Oahu I can say this may be one of the most rewarding views for a short 2 mile hike. Fortunately, we came down the rocky edges on a dryer day with sturdy hiking boots on so it was nothing too challenging! This hike may be my new favorite. We only saw four others along the whole hike and the views were amazing all the way down; the end of the cliff was perfect for a snack, a breeze and some photos. :) highly recommend!

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