Hike the Pihea & Alaka'i Swamp Trail

Pihea & Alaka'i Swamp Trailhead

This Koke'e State Park hike takes you through various landscapes with an almost otherworldly look. This is a dream hike for beginners and avid hikers, as well as, photographers.

A strenuous 7 mile hike, depending on which way you start, that takes you from the world renowned Kalalau Valley from Pu'u O Kila lookout, through dense mossy forests, across a stream, up to the highest swamp in the world and ends in views of Kaua'i's north shore of Wainiha valley and Hanalei Bay.

Pack List

  • Sturdy hiking shoes, perhaps extra socks. It's rare you get out WITHOUT soggy/muddy shoes
  • A jacket. As it's part of the wettest spot in the world, it rains a lot. It may also be cold in the mornings
  • Lots of water
  • Snacks or a lunch
  • Camera with preferred accessories
  • 2WD is fine, if starting from Pu'u O Kila lookout
  • 4WD is REQUIRED if starting from the actual Alaka'i Swamp trailhead or from Sugi Grove/Pihea trail
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RT Distance 7 Miles
Elevation Gain 1500 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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Spectacular hike and views

This is one of the best hikes I've ever done. You'll start off at the overlook, viewing the breathtaking open ocean then it turns into a thick, lush jungle setting until it spits you out in the swamp. It feels as if you're hiking in the clouds! I can't wait to revisit this trail!


So beyond beautiful and such a unique hike.

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