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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
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows 62 to 70. West winds around 10 mph.
Temperature: 72.3° F
Relative Humidity: 86%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 68.0° F

Winds from the SSW at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:07 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from HPK Weather, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA9)
Breezy. Cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then partly sunny with chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 73 to 82. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 50 to 62. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 69 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 53 to 65. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:03 AM
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