There is a short trail that follows the coastline of Kauai near Glass Beach. For lack of an official name, we are calling it the Glass Beach Coastal Trail.
The trail starts at the end of Aka Ula Street adjacent to the McBryde Sugar Plantation Cemetery. The area is not one of the more pristine locations on Kauai. The Port Allen Harbor is nearby and the area is sometimes used as a dumping ground. Nevertheless, the trail has its own beauty, especially in the evenings when the sun casts a certain glow on the coastline.
A lava field extends along the coastline below the trail. There’s even a lava bridge over the water that is totally worth seeing.
The trail extends for about a quarter of a mile before there is a bend that leads to Wahi-awa Beach. The beach itself is secluded and somewhat picturesque but the beach water looks heavily silted from runoff. There is a quarry above the beach and we would not recommend going in the water.
This is not a traditional trail and it is very short. But if you’re in the area of Port Allen and Glass Beach, the trail does offer nice views along the coast amidst the crashing waves on the rocks below. It’s just another example of wherever you are on Kauai, the island has something special to offer.
Location at Google Maps
Glass Beach Coastal Trail Photos
Above: The ocean constantly swells through the lava rock bridge.
Above: Views on the trail are especially beautiful in the evenings near sunset.
Above: Panoramic view of the Glass Beach Coastal Trail area.