Kauai Hiking Trails
The island of Kauai is home to some of the best hiking trails in the entire state of Hawaii, if not the world. If you like to hike, Kauai will certainly not disappoint you. It offers a mecca of trails and hikes that vary from 3000' ridge and cliff trails to traversing along the gorgeous Na Pali coastline. Some trails take you for a stroll along the beach, some take you for a journey into Waimea Canyon or into the world's highest upland swamp, while others climb to thousands of feet above sea level providing you a view that is simply breathtaking. No island, in my opinion, can make the impression on visitors the way the hikes on Kauai can.
The 10 hikes listed are our absolute favorites - none of them are "bad" hikes. There's a lot to consider when ranking trails for visitors - trail length, difficulty, elevation change, views, clarity of the path (some trails are more 'official' than others), and general safety. Some of the hikes I've listed below are best done with a guide, at least the first time you try them, mainly for safety reasons. Whether you choose to take on these more challenging hikes or stick to adventuring on your own, you will finish your hike seeing Hawaii from a completely new perspective.