Pihea Trail

Trail in Hono O Nā Pali Natural Area Reserve


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    3.34 miles

Contact Information


Access to Pihea trail is allowed through Kōkeʻe and Waimea Canyon State Parks. All other trails, lookouts, and park areas closed. (NOTE: Vehicle Access is not allowed beyond Kalalau Lookout. Hikers must walk the park road beyond that point to access Pihea trailhead.)

The trail begins at Puʻu 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 Kawaikōī Stream in Na Pali-Kona Forest Reserve and ends at Kawaikōī Camp. While there is some boardwalk construction underway, portions of the trail are often wet, slippery and muddy.

Allowed Activities
Rifle Hunting
Rules & Regulation
Stay On Trail
Dogs On Leash
Allowed Access

Additional Information

Special Conditions

Camping at Kawaikoi Camping Area by permit only. There is no permitted camping for commercial purposes. CAUTION: Deep mud at Pihea peak. 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. Downloadable resources are provided below.


  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Pedestrian


  • Campsites
  • Parking
  • Picnic Table
  • Shelter


  • Nature Study
  • Ocean Scenery
  • Scenic Viewpoint
  • Sensitive Area
  • Stream


  • Dangerous Cliff
  • Dangerous Footing
  • Flash Flood
  • Hunting Area

Dog Owners

Hunting may be in progress on or near this hiking trail. Hunting dogs may be off-leash while engaged in the hunt. Hikers must keep their dogs leashed at all times and remove dog waste while on this trail.

Simple Trail Tips

  1. Stay on the trail. 
  2. Check the weather 
  3. Watch the time 
  4. Avoid undue risk 
  5. Read all posted signs 
  6. Respect other trail users 
  7. Pack out at least what you pack in