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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. Showers likely in the evening, then chance of showers after midnight. Lows 56 to 65. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Temperature: 70.9° F
Relative Humidity: 85%
Pressure: 29.94"
Dew Point: 66.2° F

Winds from the ESE 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 Waimea, Hi 96796, Waimea, HI (KHIWAIME3)
Cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then partly sunny with chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 62 to 78. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 42 to 55. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Breezy. Mostly sunny with isolated showers. Highs 58 to 74. Northeast winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 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 45 to 58. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:14 AM
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