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Kuilau Ridge Trail

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Bowl-You-Over Scenery

Feast on Kauai's unreal beauty on the Kuilau Ridge Trail: one of the best on the island when you consider the caliber of the scenery being served up via a fairly easy hike. The route kicks off in the verdant valley of the Keahua Arboretum--a great place to eyeball colorful paperbark trees--and gradually climbs a ridge to the divide between the Kai and Moalepe streams.

The views are top-class: the Makaleha Mountains to the north, Nounou Mountain (Sleeping Giant) to the east--maybe, if the clouds cooperate, the great, rain-socked scarp of Mount Wai'ale'ale to the west. A crazy variety of trailside tropical trees and shrubs (native and non-native alike) adds to the appeal. If you don't feel like doing the entire 8.5-mile out-and-back, consider going as far as a picnic shelter making a memorable vantage about a mile down the trail.

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