Lapa Ridge Road
Trail in Pu‘u Ka Pele Forest Reserve
This road provides access to Hunting Unit "A". The road does a loop within Puu ka Pele Forest Reserve and passes through an old eucalyptus plantation.
Rules & Regulation
Slippery when wet. The gate for vehicular traffic below the Contour Road is closed during non-hunting days. Caution should be used during weekends and state holidays when hunting activities are open. Non-hunters are advised to wear bright colored clothing and stay on established trails. This road may also be closed for HIGH FIRE DANGER. Call the Kauai Forestry Office at 274-3433 for any notices. 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.
- 4-wheel drive
- Picnic Table
- 4-Wheel Drive
- Nature Study
- Hunting Area
Always yield to hikers. Do not slide around corners or slide down the trail. Careless mountain biking damages the trail and causes erosion. If accidents are reported or damage to the trail is extreme, the trail may be closed to mountain bikers. This trail is not an easy mountain bike trail.
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
- Stay on the trail
- Check the weather
- Watch the time
- Avoid undue risk
- Read all posted signs
- Respect other trail users
- Pack out at least what you pack in
Refer to the Contour Road to access this road. The Lapa Ridge Road is located between Papaalai Ridge Road and Haeleele Ridge Road along the Contour Road. If you are headed in from Papaalai Ridge Road, turn west just before the Lapa Picnic Area and stay the unpaved road.