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Kuilau Ridge Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > East Kauai
Length4 mi
Elev. Gain640 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating7 / 10
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.

Best time to go
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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
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 57 to 69. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 73.0° F
Relative Humidity: 64%
Pressure: 30.04"
Dew Point: 60.1° F

Winds from the ENE at 5.0 mph gusting to 8.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:36 AM
Sunset: 6:07 PM
Weather reported from Waimea, Hi 96796, Waimea, HI (KHIWAIME3)
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 66 to 80. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 55 to 67. Light winds becoming southwest around 10 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers in the morning, then showers likely in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Highs 67 to 81. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely in the evening, then scattered showers after midnight. Lows 53 to 65. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:17 PM
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