Just over 2 miles each way, the Kuilau Ridge Trail is recommended for its sheer beauty: emerald valleys, dewy bushes, thick ferns and glimpses of misty Mt Waiʻaleʻale in the distance. After 1 mile, you'll reach a grassy clearing with a picnic table. Continue north on descending switchbacks until you meet the mountain-view Moalepe Trail (2.25 miles one-way).
Both of these moderate hikes are among the most visually rewarding on Kauaʻi. Remember, the trails don’t complete a circuit so you must retrace your steps (8.5 miles round trip). You might want to skip the final mile of the outbound leg, which crosses the treeless pastureland of Wailua Game Management Area.
The Kuilau Ridge Trail starts at a marked trailhead on the right just before Kuamoʻo Rd crosses the stream at the Keahua Arboretum, 4 miles above the junction of Kuamoʻo Rd and Kamalu Rd. The Moalepe Trail trailhead is at the end of Olohena Rd in the Wailua Homesteads neighborhood.