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Hanalei River Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > North Kauai
Length2 mi
Elev. Gain100 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
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.

Best time to go
Throughout the year


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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
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 56 to 68. Southeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight, then becoming light late in the night. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Temperature: 74.3° F
Relative Humidity: 96%
Pressure: 29.86"
Dew Point: 73.2° F

Winds from the South at 1.8 mph gusting to 9.4 mph

Last Hour: 0.06"
Today: 0.10"

Sunrise: 7:04 AM
Sunset: 6:38 PM
Weather reported from HPK Weather, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA9)
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 72 to 81. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 57 to 69. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 80. Southwest winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 57 to 69. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:53 PM
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