Hike the Pihea & Alaka'i Swamp Trail

Hawaii Pihea & Alaka'i Swamp Trailhead

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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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over 1 year ago


So beyond beautiful and such a unique hike.

over 1 year ago

Added by KaRyle Soto

Exploring and capturing my unique island home of Kaua'i. Known as the Garden Isle and Island of Discovery, it's easy to understand why I'd choose to adventure in my own backyard. I travel internationally too. Follow my journey! MAHALO!!


Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



7 Miles

Elev. Gain:

1500 Feet




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