Kauai Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Bike, Paddle, Surf

Kauai Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Bike, Paddle, Surf

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by Jerry Sprout
     
 

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KAUAI TRAILBLAZER 6th edition:
This new 2015 sixth edition of the Sprout's top-selling guide is packed with new and updated activities, as well as dozens of fresh photos (more than 200 total) and a 4-page color insert.

Popular among independent and active travelers, Trailblazer guides are known for their user-friendly format, readability, and sharp graphics.

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KAUAI TRAILBLAZER 6th edition:
This new 2015 sixth edition of the Sprout's top-selling guide is packed with new and updated activities, as well as dozens of fresh photos (more than 200 total) and a 4-page color insert.

Popular among independent and active travelers, Trailblazer guides are known for their user-friendly format, readability, and sharp graphics. Trail and driving descriptions are detailed. You'll find all the mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, coves and lagoons, jungles, rivers, historic landmarks and cultural sites, coral reefs, ancient ruins, and coastal bluffs-all the places to get wet, muddy, and have fun on Kaua'i. Less energetic visitors will appreciate the book's driving tours, which hit the headliners along with the island's out-of-the-way charms.

The authors have explored Kaua'i for decades, and it shows. A Resource Links section gives visitor information and cultural contacts, recommended recreational outfitters, museums and attractions, Hawaiiana shops and hula shows, as well as a! hand-picked list of restaurants and places to stay. Safety precautions and traveling tips are not to be overlooked, and a Best Of section lets you select among activities to suit your mood.

• 124 hikes and strolls to mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, jungles, coves, reefs, historic landmarks and ancient ruins, swamps, craters, forests, coastal bluffs and tide pools, towns, canyons, waterfalls and river valleys
• 71 beaches, including 22 reachable only by trail - 42 snorkeling pools, both the island favorites and hidden coves
• 63 mountain bike rides along forest, coastal, and countryside trails
•27 kayaking waters: 13 rivers and streams, 14 bays and lagoons
• 39 surfing spots
• A special Trailblazer Kids section
• 10 maps and 175 photographs including a four-page color insert
• 4 Driving Tours, featuring heiaus, wildlife sanctuaries, cultural and historical sites,tourist attractions and natural wonders
• Resource Links to recreational outfitters, stables, golf courses, nonprofit cultural groups, camping, transportation, accommodations, local-style eats and shops - Appendices of Hawaiian words, place names, movie locations, hula performances, farmer's markets, weather, flora, history

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Editorial Reviews

Islands Magazine
Recommended guidebook in April 2002 issue. "Best of Kauai: Read it and leap!
Sunset Magazine
Stash a copy of Kauai Trailblazer in your daypack. It lists dozens of places - some lesser known - to hike, paddle, bike, snorkel and surf. The "Best Of" listings are a quick reference to winner locations and activities.
TripAdvisor
"The best, and most highly ranked guide of its kind. If you like off the beaten path, you want Trailblazer for your trip."
May 2006
Midwest Book Review
An outstanding guide for families and outdoor enthusiasts with an interest in hiking and exploring Kauai. If you're Kauai bound, begin with a thorough perusal of Kauai Trailblazer.
Virtual Bookcase
The essential guidebook for visiting Kauai. Contains all the information you will need to enjoy the island: what to bring, where to go, what to do. I explored the whole island and found myself discovering out of the way places that otther guidebooks didn't include. It is very current, clearly written, well indexed with easy to use maps. If you're going to Kauai, you MUST have this book to get the most out of your too short vacation.
Scuba Guide/About.com
Kauai Trailblazer is a trustworthy and current handbook created for families, outdoor adventure travelers and vacationers on a budget. In the book you will read about hundreds of Hawaiian recreational adventures, which cover the entire island. Kauai Trailblazer is a must have travel guide that will help you discover Kauai and plan your activities for your next Hawaii vacation.
Internet Book Watch
Kauai Trailblazer is an outstanding guide for families and outdoor enthusiasts with an interest in hiking and exploring Kauai, one of the Hawaiian islands. Featured are "user friendly" descriptions of 199 hikes and strolls to mountain ridges, tropical gardens, beaches, jungles, coves, reefs, historic landmarks, ancient ruins, swamps, craters, forests, coastal bluffs, tide pools, towns, canyons, waterfalls, and river valleys. Details are provided for 68 beach (22 of which are only accessible by trail), 42 snorkeling polls (island favorites and hidden coves), 61 mountain bike rides, 27 kayaking waters (13 rivers and steams, 14 bays and lagoons), and 36 surfing spots. The informative text is enhanced with 10 maps and 130 photographs, resource links, and appendices of Hawaiian words, place names, movie locations, hula performances, farmer's markets, wether, flora, history and philosophy. If you are Kauai bound, begin with a thorough perusal of Kauai Trailblazer!
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Midwest Book Review - James Cox
In both layout design and content, the very model of what a travel guide should be.
Sunset Magazine - Harriet Manly
Stash Kauai Trailblazer in your daypack. The 'Best Of' listings are a quick reference to winner locations and activites.
Los Angles Times - John Wilcox
Trailblazers say it all when it comes to the endless adventures of exploring wild Hawaii.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Amy Gerson
A big thumb's up for the Trailblazer series.
Islands Magazine - Stella Ishawara
A must for any serious visitor

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780991369010
Publisher:
Diamond Valley Company
Publication date:
08/26/2014
Sales rank:
215,248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

Hildys Best of Hawaii List
"The best Adventure guide ever."
August 2001
Donald L. Bodine
Donald L. Bodine, President, Suite Paradise Resorts
I admire the incredible job you both have done in researching and presenting Kauai information so clearly. This fine book is truly the definitive resource for the island.

Meet the Author

Janine and Jerry Sprout have spent more than 20 years together exploring the trails, beaches, and attractions of the American West. Their guides are handcrafted and trail-tested. Janine is a professional photographer and graphic designer. Jerry is a former newspaper reporter, award-winning athelete and novelist Their skills result in outdoor guides that are beautiful to look at and fun to read.

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Kauai Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Bike, Paddle, Surf 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 128 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kauai is beautiful and we saw all we could see in 7 days with the Trailblazer guide. Truly beautiful beaches grace the north shore and we did our share of checking out all the snorkeling from Anini Beach to Ke'e. Really it was paradise there. The only paid tour we took was a Napali Coast sailing outing, all the rest of our sightseeing was free thanks to the hiking and driving directions inside.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave it five stars right down the row. I like what the Trailblazer team does. Last week they led us on a fabulous journey all over the island of Kauai. We appreciate that they explored the place and put all their findings right in this guide. Almost like our own personal guide. There's a nice burst of color in the middle that makes it snap.
bootshendrickson More than 1 year ago
One of the best reasons for bringing this book: it's accurate and new. We relied on it for all our hikes and counted on it for tips to beaches that aren't crammed. Some beauties were out on the Waimea side like Barking Sands and Salt Pond. It's less populated there and less commercial. They steered us to Waimea Canyon for some of the most dramatic cliff trails we've ever been on and the views.....wow! Another good reason for buying it is that it's written by authors who specialize in Hawaii and are noncorporate types who have done all the research themselves. It felt like a "for adventures only" book, personized just for us. You get it that they love the place. We got our moneysworth tenfold.
r_brookfield More than 1 year ago
We consider the Trailblazer series the most well rounded adventure guides for Hawaii. This purchase was our fourth in their line. For organizing our itinerary before we went to Kauai, it was gold. It's all there: what to see, where the best beaches and trails are located, good full page maps with the stops numbered, and locations to surf and snorkel. The Trailblazer tops all the other guides with it's accurate driving directions. We always knew what was up ahead by following the milemarkers on the highway which corresponded to the text in the book. There's a wealth of information packed inside and our whole family agrees it was well worth the purchase.
domenico More than 1 year ago
This is a get-down, user friendly practical guide. We referred to it everyday. Tons of good information and a straighforward approach to seeing it ALL. Two weeks in paradise, we love Kauai!
anniemarie More than 1 year ago
The way a guidebook ought to be. We like the layout and all the helpful tips. Our vacation was a blast. Our visit last week took us to two islands. The Oahu Trailblazer was equally as useful and entertaining.
latteeda More than 1 year ago
We took into account how much we were spendiing for our week's vacation to Kauai and how much we knew in advance, so the outlay for the purchase of this guide was peanuts. It's a whole encyclopedia, a Wikipedia, a Google-like information resource of everything you need to know about the island. And it's honest and personalized. Hikers you will be happy you own it. Beach nuts, there are some pristine beauties like Polihale and Moloaa and Annini. Follow it. Indispensible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolute must for visitors to the Garden Island! A fun and comprehensive guide that reads like a book-not like a sales pitch or snarky review. Nicely designed and organized.
Carlena More than 1 year ago
Right before our trip I saw this glowing green cover on the bookstore shelf and had to get it. It has a layout like no other, one that makes it so easy to find places that are off the normal tourist radar. We were seeking activities that wouldn't break the bank and ones that we had to work a little harder to get to. That's where this guide paid off. The beaches on the north end of the island were just what we had fantasized finding. The directions inside this book got us there so easily. It's a gem. Very rewarding getaway, go to Kauai! Best thing, we didn't have to sign on to any tours and could be our own guides.
Traveling-Tracy More than 1 year ago
We kind of overdue it on guidebooks, buying a bunch before we leave and then taking a few along with us. This book turned out to be the one we counted on. It has ALL the good stuff, plus lots that simply was not in other guide books. I loved the way it is written (clearly, with just enough background to give depth without overdoing it) and organized. It is loaded with photos. We started calling Kauai Trailblazer "the co-pilot" because whenever we lagged in ideas of what to do, this book was right there to add adventure to our trip. You should definitely add this wonderful book to your pack list when going to Kauai. These guys know their stuff!!
Lizbethfrench More than 1 year ago
We were on Kauai for our honeymoon. We packed around the Kauai Trailblazer for guidance and depended on it like a compass. It contains good solid and honest information for all kinds of sports, especially HIKES! We stayed on the trails as it advised and never ran into trouble or got lost. There are so many awesome hikes inside this book, we regretted not booking a longer stay. The way the book is laid out is spectacular with cross sections of maps for orientation. Photos are on practically every page. There are resources with all the necessary telephone numbers and addresses. It was entertaining and a perfect vacation companion.
Brad-Madison More than 1 year ago
Our friends in Kauai recommended this guide. It won us over with it's honesty and true portrayal of the island. The authors live there and cover every speck of turf. We had a wild and wonderful vacation for two weeks. Contains more detail than all the others and is also better written. Note: not just a hiking book. All the watersports are in it too.
fourcorners More than 1 year ago
Two weeks vacation. Used our green guide to sheperd the way. So many cool beaches. Dipped into beautiful grottos and hit the highs on the famous Kalalau Trail. Found pretty little Anahola Beach and snorkeled all afternoon. Our time there was stupendous thanks to these amazing authors.
GregHayes More than 1 year ago
There are four activity guidebooks in this wonderful series: Kauai Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, and Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer (there is also a great planning guide to all the islands called No Worries Hawaii). I have been reviewing guidebooks for many years (and, in fact, wrote several well-received guides to travel guides in the pre-Internet era) and I can say without reservation that these four books are the best available for Hawaii. The authors, Jerry and Janine Sprout, have been roaming the Hawaiian islands for decades and taking a lot of useful notes and beautiful photos along the way. All of this translates into a wonderful, informative read (I've read them all cover to cover) even if you're only an armchair traveler dreaming of a vacation in the land of aloha. You¿ll learn a lot about these magical, magnificent places in addition to the activities that best meet your needs. No matter which island you pick, each book is similarly organized and equally well done. And the black-and-white photos are a joy. (If you're not sure where you're headed, their planning guide, No Worries Hawaii, can help you decide which island to head for and what part of that island makes the most sense). Important tip: Be sure to read the ¿How to Use This Book¿ section to learn how to get the most out these great resource books. And don¿t miss the ¿Best Of¿ section, which is divided into lots of useful categories from waterfall walks, big views, and sunset beaches to town strolls, gardens, and perfect places with little walking¿there is something here for everyone. There are also good maps to orient you. Driving and parking directions are excellent¿no small trick in a place where the only sign to tell you you¿ve arrived may be a small mile marker along the highway. You¿ll definitely want to learn two new, directional words, which are very helpful in a land surrounded by water: makai¿meaning ¿toward the ocean,¿ and mauka¿meaning ¿inland or toward the mountains.¿ Read carefully, follow along and the Sprouts will get you to some places few tourists ever go. Each walk or hike provides parking instructions, round-trip distances, elevation gained, and other practical information. Hiking/walking directions are also very well done. In general, you won¿t need a topographical map, but for more serious hikes some folks may feel more comfortable with one. Other activities at each location, such as surfing, biking, snorkeling, are carefully described as well. Practical information on every possible subject includes great driving tours, the best stuff for kids, climate, important resource numbers, and cryptic but very well chosen lists of the best food and lodging choices in each area. Whatever all-purpose guide you choose, don¿t visit the islands without the appropriate Trailblazer guide in hand. It will make all the difference.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the one our friends recommended. We spent three weeks on Kauai and a day didn't go by that it wasn't picked up and used. It made our days full and we ended up not spending on any package tours. The money we saved allowed us to eat out more. So many discoveries are inside that we would have never found on our own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Second visit to Kauai. We made up for lost time and really got to know all the beaches and gorgeous trails. This book has perfect directions and plenty of photos to illustrate. Stay more than 7 days if you can, the days went by fast. The book covers all of the island. There was something worth seeing every day and our gas expenses were minimal since the book is organized geographically. When we were in the Poipu area we found many places to hike, swim and snorkel and walk close to the hotel. We rented kayaks and paddled close to shore. The Trailblazer detailed short driving tours for sightseeing. Everything we needed to know, maps included, were inside. Enriched our vacation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
We dug into the pages a week before leaving Eugene. This is a really good guide and we're glad we had it to show us around. It was our first visit and we found the hiking environment on Kauai unbelievably magical. Liked all the photos.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We bought the Trailblazer after reading their No Worries Hawaii guidebook. First hand advice from authors who trek all the islands paid off. Rate 5 stars for detail. You will need their driving directions. Gas prices were high but we were able to economize since they give you over ten things to do in one general area. Hertz had the best deal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We genuinely loved Kauai. We're considering moving there just because of the warm climate and lazy laid back charm. The Kauai Trailblazer was a godsend, exactly what we needed to tool around. It's very organized and took us behind the scenes, on trails and rivers that made us feel very far away from civilization. We didn't have to buy a map, they're all inside. A great escape. This guide filled in all the blanks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband recently had knee surgery so we didn't use the hiking section and concentrated on the watersport listings, the ones we could drive to. Kealia Beach, Poipu Beach, Anini Beach and Barking Sands Beach were at the top of our list. The directions and maps and four driving tours that covered the whole island were indispensible. This book totally immersed us in Kauai's tropical wonderland - super vacation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Both of us read this guide cover to cover before leaving. We knew what to expect. Nice photos. This is a wonderful complete resource.
crackrjon More than 1 year ago
We needed direction on our first trip to Kauai. The Trailblazer delivered the goods when it came to anything and everything to do on the island. As they suggested we stayed centrally located and it paid off due to the weather in December. For hiking it was a must.
watercress More than 1 year ago
Two island visit for us. Like their Maui Trailblazer, we were impressed by the contents and layout and index. There's so much detail, you know these authors have lived there. For planning the itinerary, you gotta get it or when you land you'll be overwhelmed because signs don't point to the coolest places like beaches that you reach by dirt road. Inside are maps and all the directions and things you can do on Kauai. Snorkeling was better on Maui and hiking possibilities better on Kauai.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When you want the very best.... go for the Trailblazer series. They haven't let us down yet. So far we've used the Oahu, Big Island and now Kauai.  For one: they're easy to follow especially on the island roads. Kauai had less traffic than all the others and it was easier to make stops as the guide gives you plenty of advance notice about what's ahead. Be sure to scan it before you take your daily drive. We handpicked all the stops and even added some where the waves were right for body surfing. Secondly they deliver straightforward advice that repeatedly proved very valuable. The Kalalau Trail was wobbley with big rocks to navigate uphill and wearing hiking boots made for less ankle wrenching. We knew nothing about currents or flash floods until we read cautionary advice in their "watch out" sections. Thirdly, there's the "Best Of" pages that lists topics such as "best for paddlers", "best local style eats", long and scenic beaches, short walks to big views, hike-to only beaches (we did them all in this category). Fourth:  maps. They came in handy for distances, how much we cold fit in one day. Lastly the writing is very good and if you're a hiker, you'll be in trail heaven because you'll never run out of places to climb and marvel.