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Kuilau Ridge Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > East Kauai
Summary
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain640 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating7 / 10
TypeView
The Kuilau trail is located in the Lihue-Koloa Forest Reserve. It was originally created as a swath to contain a fire that broke out in the region in 1971.

Start your trail from the right of the parking lot. Then you start ascending up the edge and at 0.5 mile the forest becomes dense. You need to climb further and at 1.5 miles, you would come out of the forest to an open picnic area. From here you will get to see the Keahua and the Kawi streams below.

The Nounou Mountain will fall to your east while the Makaeha Mountain Range falls to the north. Start heading east and you will descend into a tropical rainforest. The trail becomes narrow and you reach a footbridge over the Opaekaa Stream and the Moalepe Trail junction. Cross the bridge and a few more steps to your left lets you have a view of the Kapehua'ala peak.
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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 4.297' N
159° 24.99' W

Driving Directions:
You need to drive 6 miles north on Hwy. 56 from Lihue to reach Kuamoo Road on Hwy. 580. Turn left and drive for 6.9 miles to reach Keahhaa Arboretum following the Hwy.580 and the trail head is before the lot.
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Weather Report for Kapaa, HI
Partly sunny. Showers likely in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 64 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 83.2° F
Relative Humidity: 68%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 71.5° F

Winds from the SE at 7.0 mph gusting to 12.0 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 5:56 AM
Sunset: 7:24 PM
Weather reported from Waimea, Hi 96796, Waimea, HI (KHIWAIME3)
Forecast
Tonight
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 56 to 67. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Partly sunny in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 64 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the evening, then showers likely after midnight. Lows 56 to 67. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Wednesday
Partly sunny with showers likely in the morning, then mostly sunny with scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 64 to 83. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 6/26/2017 12:18 AM
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