Friday, January 23, 2009

Inner Kauai


With a dreary name like "Powerline Trail," you'd never guess that this 13-mile jaunt through the green ridges of interior Kauai is an adventure-hikers' dream. Yes, the trans-island powerline is in the picture at times, but definitely obscured by tropical greenery and razor ridges that ooze waterfalls.

It's a long haul from Kapa'a on the east side to Princeville on the north shore, but the trail does not pose the hazards of some of Hawaii's other ridge trails that are made for pigs, goats, and Spiderman. A hiking pole helps, and you'll need to plan for mud, sun, and rain on this full-fledged day hike.

For more details see page 86 in the Kauai Trailblazer guide.