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The Wettest Mountain on Planet Earth

Kauai is a small, rainy island resting at the top of Hawaii’s island chain. It is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and it is known for dramatic landscapes, gorgeous plant life, and oxygen-rich air. Kauai’s age has allowed the landmass time to form stunning mountains, making it a great place for climbing, mountaineering, and hiking. This article will specifically highlight Mount Waialeale.

An Ecological Paradise

Mount Waialeale is the second highest mountain on Kauai.  In the Hawaiian language, Waialeale translates to “overflowing water” or “rippling water”. This peak is a great place for a number of adventurous activities but visitors should approach the landmass with caution; it is one of the rainiest summits on earth. Mount Waialeale is home to a number of rare plants, making it a dream destination for botanists and ecologists.

Wettest Mountain on Earth

The summit has a number of trails but they are often difficult to find and even more challenging to hike in wet weather (which is constant). Luckily, travelers can still visit one of the wettest places on Earth with the help of a guided tour or an adventure in a 4-wheel drive off-road vehicle. Typically, this mountain requires a mixture of hiking and driving along with an adventurous, flexible spirit. Before embarking on your trek be sure that you are prepared and willing to adapt to your surroundings. There are number of different guided hikes available to beginners and expert hikers. Still, it is highly encouraged that visitors (regardless of their skill level) tackle this mountain with someone familiar with the terrain.

Ambitious Topography

Mount Waialeale attracts visitors to its tropical, rainy climate and ambitious topography. While reaching the top of Mount Waialeale is a bold challenge and sometimes simply, impossible, the hike is intriguing.  Mount Waialeale is absolutely worth a visit.

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