Day 28 – A Hike with a View

While sipping our Kauai coffee, we debated what to do on a Sunday.  We opted for a simple hike, The Kuilau Ridge Trail, we extended it a bit and hiked on the Moalepe Shuttle. We drive the hour to Keahua Arboretum in Wailua.  The lot at the trailhead was full with hunter’s vehicles, so we parked right before the spillway.

For us, this was more of a walk, than a hike but the views were stunning.  The great thing about this hike, you can go as little or as long as you like and the views are rewarding, whatever you decided to do. At least make the 2 mile round trip.

a first glimpse of the views

The trail is on an old fire road. Easy to follow, but a bit muddy with all this rain.

the fire road

As we ambled along, we found thimbleberries and picked guavas along the way.

thimbleberry

The clouds settled in over Mt. Waialeale, but the surrounding areas were so green.

ahh the views

At one mile you enter a large open grassy knoll, with a picnic shelter.  Great spot for facebook photos or the family Christmas card photo.

photo time

mountain views

I had to get a few burpees in with this view

We then continued on the trail.  The trail descends via gentle switchbacks.

switchback

The trail did become a little muddier here or I rather I just started stomping through it.

me and mud

We came to the end of the trail, but decided to continue on, crossing a bridge.

bridge, no trolls live underneath though

We entered a paperbark eucalyptus forest.

forest

Around 2.4 miles we turned around and retraced our path.  The hike was full of amazing plants growing all over.  We found the giant ferns unreal.

this head was at least 6 inches across

This was a very busy trail, full of hunters(very nice guys), tourists and people living in the area out walking their dogs.

If you desire to see some great interior views of Kauai with little effort, this is the trail to do.

another great view

hike profile

After the hike, we cleaned off in the stream and stopped at Opaeka’a Falls.  Last year the falls seemed bigger, but always nice to catch a glimpse of them.

the falls

We then stopped at Mermaid’s Cafe in Kapa’a for lunch. We love this little hole in the wall place, never have had a disappointing meal there.  I had the Chicken Satay and Mike had the curry chicken plate.  Both so yummmy.

Curry Chicken plate

Afterwards we decided to stop at some beaches we hadn’t been to before.  First stop was Aliomanu Bay.

entering the bay from the path

looking to the left

We then stopped at Moloa’a Bay. I had to see where some few scenes were shot for Gilligan’s Island.

another pretty bay

Parking here was limited.  Please don’t do what we saw a foursome do, they parked next to a house, with an open garage to the beach. They got out of their cars and walked in the garage to look out at the ocean.  You could clearly tell this wasn’t their house, they just assumed it was ok to do it. No wonder so many homeowners here put up Kapu signs and block their driveways with rope.

It was time to head home. We were tired.  After dinner of lunch leftovers and snacks, it was sunset time.  The beginning of the sunset looked promising, but it faltered at the end, hidden by clouds.

sunset

About hikergal

enjoying hiking the woods of Connecticut and the corner of three states. On occasion hike outside of this area. I always hike with my best buddy, best hiking partner, my husband.
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