Go hiking with the Sierra Club

  • Photo courtesy Ron Karpel

    Participants in the Sierra Club Waimea Canyon rim vistas and exploration hike earlier this month stop for a group photo.

The Kauai Group of the Hawaii Chapter Sierra Club welcomes the public to participate in a variety of outdoor adventures to explore the island with knowledgeable volunteer hike leaders.

The Sierra Club is inviting all to come on their first hike of the year on Tuesday, which features breathtaking views along the rocky coastline from Kealia Beach to Paliku Beach, popularly known as Donkey Beach.

It’s an easy hike/walk that can help some get an early start on their New Year’s resolutions to exercise, socialize and/or enjoy the outdoors more in 2019.

Hike participants will meet at Kealia Beach Park at 2:30 p.m. near the restroom at the north end of the beach, where hike leaders will have a large balloon to make them easy to spot.

The walk is along the path northward to Donkey Beach and beyond. Before the return hike to Kealia, the group will take a break and learn about the success of the Sierra Club’s conservation efforts along this coast.

With a length of about four miles round-trip and about 150 feet of elevation gain, the hike will be an easy first hike for 2019. There is an optional first dinner of 2019 at Kealia Beach Park after the hike.

For those interested in participating in this picnic dinner, please bring your own food (it is not a potluck). The hike is estimated to finish around 5 p.m.

RSVPs are requested but not required on this hike. Donations are welcomed to support Sierra Club’s environmental conservation work on Kauai. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, water and suitable walking shoes.

Co-leaders are Judy Dalton, 482-1129, and Julio Magalhaes, (650) 906-2594.

Info: sierraclubkauai.org

Upcoming hikes

For those inspired to explore and enjoy more of Kauai’s lovely hiking trails while getting fit and socializing in 2019, here a list of some upcoming hikes:

Thursday: Mahaulepu Coastal Hike. Spectacular coastal walk with breathtaking views along this magnificent coastline. Moderate 4 miles.

Jan. 12: Kukui Trail, Waimea Canyon State Park. Strenuous 5 miles. Hike from the rim of Waimea Canyon down to its base and admire the majesty of this canyon along the way.

Jan. 17: Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls. Waimea Canyon moderately strenuous 4 miles. Unparalleled views of Waimea Canyon from the other side. Visit the top of the 800-foot Waipoo Falls.

Jan. 20: Mahaulepu and Makauwahi Cave Reserve, South Shore. Moderate 3 miles. Enjoy the majestic coastline. Visit the world-class archaeological site.

Jan. 20: Total Lunar Eclipse Wailua to Nukolii Beach Walk. Easy 1.5 miles. Watch the moon as it turns completely red on our walk along this long stretch of pristine beach. Meet at Lydgate Beach Park and enjoy a picnic dinner before starting on a sunset to full moon walk.

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