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Pihea & Alaka'I Swamp Trails

Hawaii > Kauai > West Kauai
Summary
Length7.4 mi
Elev. Gain400 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating9 / 10
TypeForest
The Puu O Kila lookout is situated at about 4240 feet. World's highest rainforest and swampland, the place is located on an old caldera floor and is part of old Hawaii.

Start on the Pihea trail heading straight, dodging the ridges between the Kalalau Valley and the Alaka'i Swamp. After walking down 1 mile on the muddy path, you will reach the Pihea Vista. Climb the muddy rocks to reach a place with the view of the Na Pali Coast. You will find the Alaka'i Swamp if you turn in the opposite direction. Go back to the main trail and start descending till you find a walkway made of artificial wooden steps and a broad footpath 1.7 miles long leading to a four-way junction.

Turn left towards the Alaka'i Swamp trail and head to the Kilohana Vista. Continue descending till you enter a rainforest and the walkway takes you to cross a stream to enter into an open swampland. The footpath continues its way to the Kilohana Lookout.
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Best time to go
March to October

Cost
None

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 8.859' N
159° 37.853' W

Driving Directions:
You need to go along the Koke'e Highway till you come to the end and get a parking lot at the Puu O Kila Lookout.
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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.
Currently
Temperature: 74.3° F
Relative Humidity: 96%
Pressure: 29.86"
Dew Point: 73.2° F

Winds from the West at 0.7 mph gusting to 9.4 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.06"
Today: 0.10"

Sunrise: 7:04 AM
Sunset: 6:39 PM
Weather reported from HPK Weather, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA9)
Forecast
Friday
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.
Saturday
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 6:52 PM
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