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Hike the Okolehau Trail in Hanalei

  • 'Okolehao Trail

    Ohiki Rd, Hanalei, HI (map)

    22.199209 -159.470444

  • Meet in the parking lot for the trail head
  • IMPORTANT:  IF THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT OR TURNS TO A FLASH FLOOD WARNING, NOBODY SHOULD HIKE THIS TRAIL.  The trail head begins along the Hanalei River which can flood during heavy rain.  They close the road on both sides of the bridge and hikers could be stuck for hours or days with no way to back home.  It would be irresponsible to lead this hike if the weather forecast remains the same. I for one don't want to take the chance.

    Original Post:

    If you're not familiar with this hike, here's how to get to the Okolehau Trail Head:  At the Hanalei Bridge (black metal and wood) there is a small road going inland (Ohiki Rd) and if you drive a little ways.. maybe .6 mile, you'll see the trailhead on the right and the parking area on the left.

    The hike is pretty steep in places.  You can find photos of some of the other times we've hiked it.  There are gorgeous views of Hanalei Bay along the way.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gladys would like to do this hike before she leaves, so anyone who would like to join in surely may.  There is plenty of parking at the trail head, but if anyone wants to meet at the Kauai Minigolf or somewhere to carpool or caravan, that could be arranged too.

    Suggest bring a lunch and something to drink.  I won't be going past the "bench" but those who are adventurous can go on ahead.  I'll wait!

    Any questions, feel free to call, text or e-mail me.

    Julie[masked]

    More photos from a previous hike along the Okolehau Trail:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The view of the mountains, from up top.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Josh, relaxing at the stopping point for me, others may want to go on.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lovely wooded trail for part of the way.

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  • Julie

    Okay - I'm meeting Gladys at Common Ground at 11:30 for lunch and then we might hike/walk over to the Dam overlook and stroll through the garden. Anyone wants to join, call me. I don't know if they'll take reservations, but we could at least put our name on the list if there's a wait and that gives us the opportunity to take the walk.

    January 27, 2013

    • Julie

      Mark will meet us there too, wearing a SF Giants cap.

      January 27, 2013

  • Julie

    I just canceled this hike. Gladys has made other plans. I will not be leading this hike. The forecast could be wrong, but I feel it's better to be safe than sorry. If Mark and Susan go, you will need to connect and proceed at your own risk. If looking for something to do this morning/afternoon, the Common Ground "farm to table" restaurant serves breakfast and lunch until 3pm. There is a short walk to the Waikoa Dam overlook that is pleasant. This could be an alternate quasi-outdoor activity. More calories taken in than burned though... ;-) There is also a nice bike trail from there, if there is any interest, I can bring my bike and join you. (Bike rentals at Kauai Mini-Golf or elsewhere and transport.) Also, the Kauai Mini-Golf offers a free round of golf after 4pm to residents. It's mostly outdoors, so not a lot of fun in the rain.

    January 27, 2013

  • Julie

    The weather forecast for this particular area of Hanalei remains the same, 80% of heavy rain at the bottom of the trail and 90% of heavy rain and thunderstorms at the top. Flash Flood Watch is still on for Sunday, which means there is a chance they could close the road into Hanalei if the road floods due to sudden downpour up in the mountains. I would not like to be near the huge utility pole and power lines if lightning strikes. I for one would not like to do this hike if the forecast proves to be correct. All signs point to postponing this hike for another day. Mark asked what we could do instead... If anyone has an idea feel free to post it. It's usually less rainy along the coast, and more rainy up toward the mountains. Gladys, do you still want to do this hike today? I'm fine with staying home and cleaning my house, y'all can grab a rag and help me... hehe!

    January 27, 2013

  • peter

    I am planning to go up later this morning before the rains if anyone wants to join me, was thinking around 10

    January 26, 2013

    • Julie

      That's a good idea to do it today instead of Sunday, before the rain comes. Sorry I can't join you, am working all day today. Sunday is my only day off and the weather may dictate canceling it then. Have fun if you go - even if just up one mile to the first vantage point. The tail is clearly marked.

      January 26, 2013

    • peter

      Thanks Julie, made it to the bench. Great view from up there!

      January 27, 2013

  • Jeff S.

    Loren or Julie......please do not pick me up.......I hiked this on Friday........great views

    January 26, 2013

  • mark

    Mark's number is[masked]-8742. I fly back to mainland next Sat. morning. But call me and I am open til then.

    January 26, 2013

  • peter

    My number is[masked]

    January 26, 2013

  • Julie

    Note to all you planning to hike this trail in the rain. You should watch the weather report, as there is currently a flash flood watch in effect, which could strand you on the mountain or on the other side of the bridge. Unless the weather report for Hanalei changes drastically, I will not be leading this hike. It would be irresponsible. Just a heads up.

    January 26, 2013

  • mark

    Okay. I go it in the rain, but if it is a no go let me know.

    January 24, 2013

    • Julie

      There is currently a flash flood watch with 90% chance of heavy rain up there. If you go it alone, be sure to check the weather report and be prepared to be stuck on the mountain or on the wrong side of the bridge if the flooding does occur.

      January 26, 2013

  • Julie

    Seriously thinking of canceling this hike on Sunday, after seeing the latest forecast of 90% chance of Heavy Rain and a Flash Flood Watch. For me, I'd rather do this hike on a nice clear day. I have plenty of indoor activities to do that day. Just a heads up that I'll probably be canceling - Sorry Gladys - unless someone else wants to lead it in the rain. The trail is well defined and marked.

    January 25, 2013

  • Julie

    Gladys says: 'Let's see how hard it is raining.
    I don't mind a little rain but not a downpour."

    January 24, 2013

  • Julie

    Weather Forecast show 70% chance of HEAVY RAIN in Hanalei on Sunday. Could be wrong, but what are your thoughts about hiking in heavy rain? Sunday is my only day off this week, but someone else could host the hike on Saturday before the rain sets in... Thoughts, ideas, suggestions anyone?

    January 24, 2013

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