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Powerline Trail

Average Rating:    (3.29 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

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.
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Latitude
22.207749178410846
Longitude
-159.48989868164062
Trail Directions
From east side of Kaua'i on hwy 56 turn up hwy 580 onto Kuamo'o Road aprox 6 miles to the Keahua Arboretum, trail head is .1 mile past the river crossing. From Princeville side (north side) turn at Kapa'ka Street and proceed aprox 1.8 miles to trail head.
Trail Length
13 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Wailua or Princeville, Kaua'i
State/Territory/Province
Kaua'i
   


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Review Date
December 15, 2014

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kessel Run rider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
April 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bigbearbob ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
October 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: MTBKauai ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kalepa Ridge



Comments
javaforce (03/23/2011)
The Powerline used to be very tough but fun ride. We rode/walked it last summer and it was super overgrown and definitely more walking than riding.

Unless some work is done on it I would avoid riding it.
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Review Date
July 23, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mccartney7499 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kealia Trails,Rim of Waimea Canyon



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Review Date
February 16, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Vern , from Berkeley

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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