13 miles
Distance
2,281 ft
Climb
-2,280 ft
Descent
1,150 ft
High Point

Much of Kauai is privately held land, with no access allowed. The Kuamo'o, Moalepe and Kuilau trails are public access trails. To complete the loop, several paved road sections are required to be ridden.

Park on Kuamo’o Road near the Kuamo’o Trailhead. The Kuamo’o Trail is a beautiful scenic ride amidst a thick forest canopy. The trail is mainly double track and features minimal climbing. The trail while moderate, does have technical root and or rock sections, which along with the wet nature of Kauai, will test your bike handling skills.

Upon completing the Kuamo'o section, ride on Kamalu road and up Olohena road to the Moalepe Ridge trailhead, located at the junction of Olohena and Waipoli Roads.

Moalepe Ridge trail features double and single track. Note that the closer you get to the middle of the island, the more water you will encounter on the trail. The trail features absolutely beautiful vistas, moderate to easy root and rock sections, and the occasional mud bog in the lower-lying areas of the trail. You will encounter red Kauai clay on the trail which because extremely slick when wet and affords little grip for your tires. Use caution with your speed.

At the mid point on the Moalepe Ridge Trail you will encounter a wooden bridge which signifies the transition to the Kuilau Ridge Trail. Much of Kuilau is a fun downhill run to Kuamo'o Road (Hwy 580). Watch your speed as you will encounter many hikers on the Kuilau Ridge Trail. Exercise your Aloha skills by riding slow past the hikers and saying hi.

Upon reaching the end of the Kuilau Trail, you will arrive at Kuamo'o Road. You will be required to ride on paved Kuamo'o highway 580, back to you car parked on Hwy 580 at the Kuamo'o trailhead. The initial ride on the roadway from the Kuilau Trailhead is uphill, followed by a straight downhill run back to your car.

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  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
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  • Direction
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More Stats for Kuamo’o ~ Nounou West ~ Moalepe ~ Kuilua Trails mountain bike route
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    277 ft
  • Altitude start
    283 ft
  • Altitude end
    283 ft
  • Grade max
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  • Grade min
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  • Distance climb
    5 miles
  • Distance down
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    1 miles
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      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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      Kuilau-Moalepe
      Jul 14, 2019 @ 1:30pm
      Jul 14, 2019
      The ride was muddy and in parts the rock was very slippy... easy to fall.
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