Trail Length: 3.8 mi.
Time: approx 3 hrs.
Elevation Gain: 284 ft
Koke‘e State Park
Route: The trail begins at Puu O Kila Lookout at the end of Highway 550. The Pihea Trail is a recommended forest reserve trail for scenic views, observing Kauai`s native forest birds and sampling the Alakai Wilderness` terrain and vegetation. This is an alternate route to the Alakai Swamp Trail, which intersects the Pihea Trail just before 1 3/4 mile point. There is a short spur that ends at the Pihea Overlook, the highest point on the rim of Kalalau Valley. Caution - do not go beyond the Pihea Overlook. The terrain gets very steep beyond this point. The Pihea Trail follows the northwestern bank of Kawaikoi Stream and ends at Kawaikoi Camp. While there is some boardwalk construction underway, portions of the trail are often wet, slippery and muddy.
Additional Info: Camping at Kawaikoi Camping Area by permit only. There is no permitted camping for commercial purposes. CAUTION:Deep mud at Pihea peak. The Kauai Recreational Trail Map is available for purchase at the Kauai Forestry and Wildlife Office in Lihue for $5.00. You can also obtain a map by mailing a cashier check of money order in United States currency for $7.00 domestic or $9.00 for foreign mailings. The map is a detailed two sided topo at 1:50,000 scale. PLEASE DO NOT SEND PERSONAL CHECKS OR CASH. Mail checks to: Division of Forestry & Wildlife 3060 Eiwa Street, Rm. 306 Lihue, Hawaii 96766|
Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk.