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Hanalei River Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > North Kauai
Summary
Length2 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeRiver
The Hanalei River is the longest river in Kauai. The trail passes through dark tropical forests of bamboo trees leading to the banks of the Hanalei River.

Start your trail on the dirt road entering into a forest covered with dense bamboo trees and reach the footpath. At first, you need to cross a small river to enter into a tropical forest of mosses, ferns and orchids. A watchful trek on the muddy road through the forest will lead you to an open grass meadow from where the road gets narrower and the canopies become thicker. The forest becomes dark with tall bamboo trees growing. You may also need to stoop in order to pass the low lying branches. The trail broadens as it passes through the dense forest of bamboo trees, Hau trees and Uluhe ferns.

After walking for another 1 mile through the forest, you would come across a second stream, which you need to cross to reach an open field on the banks of the river Hanalei. You will get to see a complete picture of the river with the green mountains and valleys. The river is not suitable for swimming so do not take risks. You can also go for an unofficial hike beyond it following the Pig Hunting Trails to explore the valley.
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Hikers

Best time to go
Throughout the year

Cost
None

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 11.116' N
159° 27.986' W

Driving Directions:
Turn left after crossing the Hanalei Bridge which is 1 mile from Princeville and reach Ohiki Road. You have to go another 2 miles to park and get into the forest through the road straight to get to the footpath.
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Weather Report for Princeville, HI
Partly cloudy in the evening then becoming mostly cloudy. Scattered showers. Lows 64 to 77. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 74.6° F
Relative Humidity: 72%
Pressure: 30.03"
Dew Point: 65.0° F

Winds from the North at 5.6 mph gusting to 12.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:18 AM
Sunset: 7:02 PM
Weather reported from Koloa Estates, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA5)
Forecast
Thursday
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Breezy. Scattered showers. Highs 81 to 90. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Thursday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 63 to 76. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 81 to 90. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 63 to 76. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 8/23/2017 6:50 PM
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