Kauaʻi Group Hikes, Clean Ups & Service Projects

KAUAʻI GROUP OUTINGS

Join us on one of these great outings to discover the natural treasures of our island.    Mileage is total miles.

Outings focus on: (C) Conservation/Interpretative, (E) Educational, (F) Family/Fun, and/or (S) Service.

Check    bit.ly/SCH-kauai    for updates to the schedule. Requested donation for members and participants under 18 is $1, all others is $5.    

Note: Women are advised not to hike remote trails or camp alone on Kauaʻi.

How about becoming a Sierra Club Outings Leader?

If so, please contact JudyDalton123@gmail.com or call 808-482-1129 to find out how much fun you could be having while giving people the opportunity to explore the island, enjoy its beauty, and inspire them to protect it.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, June 1
Makaleha Trail. East Side. Intermediate 2.5 miles / 900 feet elevation gain (C/E/F)
This hike goes out to lovely views of several waterfalls as the trail makes its way along and through the Makaleha Stream. Often cited as one of the top two hikes on Kauai, but be prepared for an adventure on a wild trail that often requires improvising.
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]
 
Saturday, June 8
Nawiliwili Lighthouse Coastal Walk.  Moderate 3 miles (C/E/F)
Hike from Kalapakī Beach to Nawiliwili Lighthouse, then along the coast to Hanamāʻulu Bay with shuttleto return. Enjoy views along the rugged coast.
Leader: Ken Fasig 808-346-1229
 
Tuesday, June 11
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area. Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline!
Leader: Lee Gately 661-373-4834
 
Saturday, June 15
Sunset to Full Moon: Wailua to Nukoli‘i Beach Walk. East side. Easy 1.5 miles (C/E/F)
We’ll meet at Lydgate Beach Park in the late afternoon and set off on a lovely walk along a pristine beach with no development in sight for miles. Learn how this beach was saved from being destroyed by a 6-foot high, 3/5th mile long sea wall fronting Wailua Golf Course that the County had attempted to build back in1996. Before setting off on our walk, we’ll have a picnic dinner (not a potluck – bring own food) at Lydgate.
Leader: ​Judy Dalton 808-482-1129
 
Sunday, June 16
‘Okolehao Trail. North Shore. Intermediate 5.5 miles / 1500 feet elevation gain (C/E/F)
We will explore lovely panoramic views of the North Shore by following this ridge trail above the Hanalei Valley.
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]
 
Saturday, June 22
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area. Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline!
Leader: Vivian Hager 808-652-3234
 
Thursday, June 27
Alaka’i Swamp boardwalk. Koke’e State Park.  Very Strenuous  8 miles / 950 feet elevation change (C/E/F)
The Alaka’i is a primeval habitat made accessible by boardwalks. The Alaka’i, one of the world’s wettest spots, is not a swamp but a mountain rain forest rising 4,500 feet above the Pacific.  A variety of native plants and birds can be seen only on this trail.  Panoramic view of the North Shore is at trail’s end, if the clouds cooperate.
Leader: Lee Gately 661-373-4834
 
Saturday, June 29
Nounou Mountain: East & West. East Side. Intermediate, 5 miles/ 1000 feet elevation change (C/E/F)
Nounou Mountain, which is also more popularly called “Sleeping Giant”, offers spectacular panoramic views of the East Side of Kauai. We will explore the mountain on several trails.
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594] 
 
Saturday, July 6
Nawiliwili Coastal Hike.  Easy 3 miles (C/E/F)
Walk along the coast through lagoons and back to Kalapaki Bay.
Leader: Vivian Hager 808-652-3234
 
Saturday, July 13
Awaʻawapuhi Trail, West Side. Intermediate. 6 miles/ 1800 feet elevation gain.
Sweeping views of the ocean and Na Pali Coast from the top of this ridge and the bluff jutting out into the Na Pali Coast. The return portion will test your legs but is well worth the effort for the lovely panoramic views of the coast and valleys of the Na Pali Coast. This hike is considered by some to be one of the best and loveliest hikes on Kauai. 
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]
 
Sunday, July 14
Sunset to Full Moon: Wailua to Nukoli‘i Beach Walk. East side. Easy 1.5 miles (C/E/F)
We’ll meet at Lydgate Beach Park for a picnic dinner and walk along a pristine beach.Learn how this beach was saved from being destroyed by a 6-foot high, 3/5-mile long sea wall fronting Wailua Golf Course that the County had started to build back in 1996. The beach began to erode and sections became impassable to walk along. It took 3 months of intensive effort to get the DLNR to issue a cease and desist order, forcing the County to remove the non-permitted sea wall.
Leader: ​Judy Dalton 808-482-1129
 
Saturday, July 20
Waimea River Walk and Float. Strenuous 11 miles one way, part of this floating!  Elevation change of 2250, mostly downhill. (C/F) 
Start at Kukui Trailhead and hike down into Waimea Canyon and along the old Waimea River jeep road. Bring floatable tubes to inflate and float down the river for over a mile, passing through a tunnel. End at outskirts of Waimea town and shuttle back to Kukui Trailhead.  
Leader: Ken Fasig  808-346-1229
 
Saturday, July 27
Kalepa Ridge. East Side. Intermediate, 8.5 miles / 1300 feet elevation gain.
Enjoy sweeping coastal and valley views along the ridge which continues the Sleeping Giant range from Wailua River to Hanama`ulu. Includes lovely views of Wailua River from a bluff.
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594] 
 
Saturday, August 3
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area. Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline! 
Leader: Lee Gately  661-373-4834

Wednesday, August 7
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area. Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline! 
Leader: Lee Gately  661-373-4834
 
Sunday, August 11
Napali Coast Trail to Hanakapi’ai Falls. North Shore. Upper intermediate, 8 miles / 1800 feet elevation gain.
Hike begins at Ke’e Beach and follows the Kalalau Trail with its stunning coastal views for 2 miles to Hanakapi’ai Beach, then continues inland 2 more miles to the waterfall. The scenery and views are spectacular and the waterfall is lovely; this trail is a personal favorite. The irregular trail from the coast to the waterfall is quite a wild adventure with some water crossings. Since this hike can be slippery and muddy when wet, we will only go forward with the hike if the trail conditions are suitable.
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]
 
Saturday, August 17
Ka’aweiki Ridge, Koke’e State Park.  Moderately difficult, 7 miles round trip. Elevation change of 1549 feet. (C/E/F)
A wonderful hike along a dirt road that begins up in Kokee and terminates on a ridge above the Na Pali Coast.     
Leader: Ken Fasig  808-346-1229
 
Saturday. August 24
Nounou Mountain – Kuamo’o & West Side Hike. East Side. Intermediate, 5 miles/ 1100 feet elevation gain.
Nounou Mountain, which is also more popularly called “Sleeping Giant”, offers spectacular panoramic views of the East Side of Kauai. We will explore the mountain on several trails.
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]
 
Saturday, August 31
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area. Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline! 
Leader: Vivian Hager 808-652-3234
 
Saturday, September 7
Waimea Canyon Rim Vistas & Exploration Hike. West Side. Intermediate, 8 miles / 1800 feet elevation gain.
Explore lovely panoramic views of the Waimea Canyon and ocean beyond as well as the upper reaches of Waipo’o Falls on this intermediate-level loop hike including the Pu’u Hinahina Trail, Cliff Trail, Canyon Trail, Black Pipe Trail, Halemanu- Koke’e Trail, Kumuela Trail, and return on Canyon Trail.
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]
 
Saturday, September 14
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area.  Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline! 
Leader: Lee Gately  661-373-4834
 
Saturday, September 21
Ka’aka’anui Beach (Larsen’s) & Waipake Coastal Walk. North Shore. Low intermediate, 4.5 miles/ 500 feet elevation gain.
Walk along a beautiful beach and up to a breathtaking vista and on to secluded Waipake Beach for lovely coast views throughout this hike. 
Leader: Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]
 
Wednesday, September 25
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area. Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline! 
Leader: Lee Gately  661-373-4834
 
Sunday, September 29
Kuilau Ridge Trail.  East side. Easy to moderate 3.5miles / 280 feet elevation change (C/E/F) 
A gentle steady walk on a wide path with sweeping view of lush valleys and Mount Waiʻaleʻale and Makaleha Mountain Ranges. This trail offers great rewards without a lot of effort. Glorious views and ever-present bird songs reward you along this trail. Hike to bridge and picnic tables for lunch. 
Leader: Vivian Hager 808-652-3234