The Best Hiking in Koloa

Looking for the best hiking in Koloa? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Koloa. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Koloa

  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Mahaulepu Beach to Kawelikoa Bay

    6.26 mi / 312 ft gain
    Mahaulepu Beach to Kawelikoa Bay is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii.
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  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Maha'ulepu Trail

    5.0
    4.59 mi / 253 ft gain
    This easy-to-handle trail is a good one for the whole family. The trail starts from "Shipwrecks Beach", in front of the Grand Hyatt and follows the coastline for 2 miles to Maha'ulepu Beach. Along the way, you'll witness beautiful, rugged coastline and multiple lookouts over the ocean. This tra...
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  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Makuawahi Cave

    3.5
    0.4 mi
    (Note: the cave is only open to the public on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm) Getting There:  Drive down Poipu road, traveling east; the road will turn to dirt and a few obstacles will make you glad to have (or wish you had) a medium clearance vehicle... Take the fi...
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  • Koloa, Hawaii

    Makauwahi Cave

    0.53 mi / 46 ft gain
    Makauwahi Cave is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii.
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  • Kalaheo, Hawaii

    Swim in the Waikoko Stream & Waterfall

    1 mi / 166 ft gain
    You will need a 4WD high clearance vehicle to reach this trail. To reach the trailhead, take Highway 580 which will eventually turn to dirt. You'll cross over a couple of streams and when you reach a Y, take a left. In one more mile, you will reach a second Y which you will turn left. If the gate...
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  • Kalaheo, Hawaii

    Waialeale Blue Hole Falls Trail

    5.34 mi / 2680 ft gain
    Waialeale Blue Hole Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Līhuʻe, Kauai, Hawaii.
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Kayak the Wailua and Hike to Secret (Uluwehi) Falls

    5.0
    1.5 mi
    First, you need kayaks to get on the river. I bring my Oru Kayak with me everywhere, but we did have to rent one additional, and there are rentals everywhere - a quick Google search will get you tons of options. You can launch your boat from directly across the Wailua River Marina where you see t...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike the Kuilau Ridge Trail

    4.0
    5 mi / 488 ft gain
    Parking at the trailhead is limited to approximately four vehicles, so arrive early. If you are unable to park, continue down Highway 580 and you will find parking next to Kawi Stream. The beginning of the trail, an old fire road, starts with a gradual incline where you are exposed to a variety o...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to Waimea Falls

    1.9 mi / 216 ft gain
    The hike to the Waimea Falls offers both the natural beauty of a tropical rainforest, as well as the unique, in situ opportunity to learn about local history. Although this hike can be crowded, it is definitely worthwhile to see and swim in this amazing Hawaiian waterfall. The approximately mile-...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to the nose of Sleeping Giant

    4.5
    4 mi / 1000 ft gain
    There are a few different approaches for this hike - you can take either the East route, West route, or the Kuamoo-Nounou route. The East route is closest to nearby towns of Kapa'a and Wailua, so for convenience I chose this route.The trail quickly begins with several switchbacks, all of which a...
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  • Kapaa, Hawaii

    Hike to Ho'opi'i Falls

    3.5
    2.2 mi
    Easiest/Direct route: When in the Kapa'a area from the main highway turn left onto Kawaihau road. Follow Kawaihau all the way up until you see a sign for Kapahi road, turn left onto that road. Driving in, you'll see a red gate on your left-hand side. The parking area is just after the gate, along...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Stroll along the Iliau Nature Loop

    5.0
    0.3 mi / 40 ft gain
    Iliau, an endemic plant to Kaua'i's westside, grows along the path -- hence the name: Iliau Nature Loop -- is located in Waimea Canyon State Park. Not far after mile marker 8. It has the same trailhead as Kukui Trail.Native vegetation are identified in signs along the path. There are excellent vi...
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  • Hanapepe, Hawaii

    Hike Kawaikoi Stream

    1.75 mi / 40 ft gain
    Kawaikoi stream trail starts 3/4 mile beyond the Forest Reserve entrance sign on the Mohihi-Camp 10 road & across the stream at "Sugi Grove". It's a DLNR maintained trail, so there's signage & mile markers for the trail.At 1.75 miles total-roundtrip, it's a very easy walking trail, great ...
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Hike to Waipo'o Falls

    4.3
    2.6 mi / 800 ft gain
    People have accessed the falls directly from the Canyon Trail, which begins between mile marker 14 & 15. You'll follow a dirt road for a bit, leading to a 3.2 mile hike (not my recommendation). The hike is more enjoyable via the recently opened spur trail, which starts at the Pu'u Hinahina lo...
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  • Hanapepe, Hawaii

    Hike the Pihea & Alaka'i Swamp Trail

    5.0
    7 mi / 1500 ft gain
    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.
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  • Waimea, Hawaii

    Camp and Hike in Nualolo Valley

    5.0
    6.2 mi
    This 6.2 mile hike leads you through a forest reserve filled with native dryland plants and ends abruptly above the sheer cliffs of Awa‘awapuhi and Nualolo Valley. You will often hike in clouds and mist through the forest, but the clouds tend to part near the ocean, giving you spectacular views o...
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