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Pihea & Alaka'I Swamp Trails

Hawaii > Kauai > West Kauai
Length7.4 mi
Elev. Gain400 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating9 / 10
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.

Best time to go
March to October


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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 KOKEE, HI
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 57 to 69. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Temperature: 76.6° F
Relative Humidity: 73%
Pressure: 30.05"
Dew Point: 67.5° F

Winds from the East at 2.7 mph gusting to 4.9 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.13"

Sunrise: 6:37 AM
Sunset: 6:08 PM
Weather reported from Kauai High 2, Lihu?e, HI (KHILHUE3)
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 10:06 PM
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