Powerline Trail - Trail, Wailua or Princeville, Kaua'i, Hawaii

Powerline Trail - Trail, Wailua or Princeville, Kaua'i, Hawaii

DESCRIPTION

Fireroad, non maintained, lots of cobblestone areas and deep rutted areas, this is a service road for the powerlines and is steep in sections, wet in the canopy areas.

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 15, 2014]
Kessel Run rider
Cross Country Rider

I've been meaning to add my review for a while. I rode Powerline quite a bit during January-February 2014 while staying in Princeville. It's true that it is normally too wet and, even dry, not all that interesting except for the occasional great view. However, there is some sublime single track all along both sides of the first few km of the main Powerline trail. Keep your eyes open for side trails as you begin Powerline at the end of Kapaka Rd. Take any one and you'll be rewarded with some beautiful jungle trails that must take a ton of work to maintain but someone is doing it - maybe John, the Bike Doktor? - anyway mahalo to them for all the hard work.

Customer Service

Powerline singletrack on both sides of Powerline at the end of Kapaka Rd. Ride Powerline till it it makes an abrupt right but turn left instead. It will dead-end at a nice lookout with a dark single track entrance. Take it back to the beginning and then explore the single track on the other side. Rinse and repeat to your heart's content.

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Not a trail but I really enjoyed riding to the top and then bombing down Powerhouse Rd. in the Wainiha Valley near the Napali coast. This was my downhill ride: https://vimeo.com/86670539

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 05, 2012]
bigbearbob
Cross Country Rider

Quite possibly the worst ride I've ever been on. Really. Rode from Princeville, with the first 1.5 miles fun and smooth. Then the jungle hit. It's overgrown to the point where you cannot see the trail most of the time. The guide book talks about 4wd trucks being able to hit this thing; no. Absolutely not. You couldn't take this thing on a quad, or even a dirt bike...there are several water crossings where the moto would get stuck. Mud isn't even an issue...it's the water, streams, and overgrowth. Walked 90% of the middle 11 miles, wet soggy sweaty grumpy the whole time. The last 1.5 was barely ridable, but by then I just wanted it to be over. This was an epic...with no mechanicals, no falls, no bad weather...just 13 miles of "please let this be over". Maybe when it was maintained it was worth something. Now it's just a jungle bog slog. Even dry as a bone this would have stunk. Ah well. There's always beer.

Customer Service

Try the new little spin behind the mini-golf place. Not really a mountain bike ride, per say, but it's super cool and beautiful.

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RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
[Oct 04, 2004]
MTBKauai
Weekend Warrior

Very muddy. Very slippery. Rarely dry. Even when it's "dry" is a very muddy ride. I'd skip it if it's been raining (which is almost all the time in the mountains). Best day to ride is July 4th at 9:00 am from the Princeville side. Wink. Wink.

Customer Service

I prefer the climb from the Wailua side, then to Princeville... but most people go the other way. Low rating is because of the few "good" trail days per year. Watch out for Hawaiian Ice... firm looking red or white clay that is very, very slippery.

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Kalepa Ridge

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RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 23, 2004]
mccartney7499
Cross Country Rider

Well I finally finished this ride. My first attempt(during the winter months when it rains alot) ended with a snapped rear derailleur because the mud clogged up my chain. This time the trail was relatively dry. There was still plenty of bike swallowing mud holes and "hawaiian ice",but overall it was a good ride. The climb up from Wailua can be demoralizing at times. It's sickly steep and rutted out making it seem more like a hike at times than a bike ride,but the views from the top are spectacular. The descent into Princeville is too fun!

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Kealia Trails,Rim of Waimea Canyon

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 13, 2001]
Louie

Started from my lodging in Kapa'a and rode 8 miles of pavement to the trailhead. Great points of interest on the way up on Kuamo'o Road. Entered the trailhead and started the climb up a cobblestone fire road, wet and technical,lots of hike a bike areas. Take time to enjoy the area and views. You will pass Wai'ale'ale, the wettest spot on earth (450+ inches rain per year). great ride, recommend to anyone who wants to see the inner Kaua'i. Ride was 20.5 miles to Princeville and I elected to ride Hwy 56 back to Kapa'a for a total of 42 miles, total ride time of 4:20. Take plenty of water and some food. Leave a message with someone where you are going as I did not see a soul on the Powerline trail. Beginner riders should start from the Princeville side, not as steep, however as this is an unmaintained trail with deep rutting their is still some hike a bike areas. Recommend the book,"Mtn Biking the Hawaiian Islands" by John Alford. It has maps, trail descriptions of all the Islands.

Customer Service

For beginners start on the Princeville side of the island, litte easier climb, turn back at the 8 mile location, or continue on to Wailua but this is steep terrain and lots of cobblestones on the downhill areas. For more advanced riders start on the Wailua side and go for the climb, steep in areas and very technical.

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n/a

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Jan 13, 2003]
Slide

Well, Louie must be quite a rider to describe the Princeville side as suitable for beginners - I guess that's true for beginners who like to push uphill a lot! I would describe myself as an intermediate to advanced rider, and I thought this was plenty challenging. The mud is thick and slick (it's the garden isle because it rains a lot, in case you didn't know), and a lot of the climbs were push-a-bike because the mud caused interminable chainsuck, rendering granny unusable. Be careful on the downhill sections - it's slippery and several times I was just along for the ride. It was a bitch of a climb, but the descent and views from the top were well worth it, not to mention the fun of getting covered from head to toe in Red Mud!

Customer Service

I rode it one way - from Princeville southbound, as described above. My family dropped me off at the Princeville Shopping Center and picked me up at Opakaa Falls overlook - total ride about 20 miles, I guess, in a bit under 3 hours.

Similar Products Used:

Kuamo'o-Nounou Trail.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 16, 2003]
Vern

It's a challenge from the get-go, with technical, lava rock climbing. But it's doable for intermediate level (even 50+ year old riders) with some hike-a-bike sections. There's lots of mud puddles and jeep swallowing ruts on the long grade down to Princville, which is a ton o fun! But don't try this trail in or after a good rain. It's a long carry out.

Customer Service

Park next to the river crossing and start from the Keahua Arboretum. Climbing up the ridge and following the powerpoles you come to the island divide and look down on the spectacular Hanilea Valley and a fantastic near hour-long downhill to the Princville Airport.

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4
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