Sunday, August 30, 2009

Alakai Swamp: Boardwalk into a botanical wonderland

From page 169 the Kauai Trailblazer guidebook: "At 4,280 feet, the Pihea Overlook is the highest point along the rim of the Kalalau Valley. From the valley rim you can hike across Alakai Swamp to the Kilohana Overlook above Wainiha Valley making this one of the most remarkable walks you can make anywhere. Starting at the viewpoint, begin down the ragged, often slick slope, indicative of the trail's worst parts for the first mile. A hiking pole is recommended. In some places you'll need all four limbs to negotiate the trail over sections of steps cut into hard-packed greasy dirt."