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Kalalau Trail, Haena

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Even the most adventurous hikers find the 18 km (11 mi) Kalalau Trail to be a challenge, a tremendously rewarding one. It has been noted as one of the most dangerous hikes in the United States--be sure to bring hiking poles with you. Average hikers need about two days to complete the trail. Expect steep drop-offs and a path as narrow as one foot. Don't cross streams if the water level is too high, and know that mudslides can be deadly. Plan to bring survival gear; water from the sources along the way must be purified to drink. You'll need to obtain a permit in order to camp at one of two designated sites. Don't let this place's beauty distract you from your own safety. To visit Kalalau Trail and other attractions in Haena, use our Haena online trip itinerary planner.
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  • This hike is worth the effort. It was boiling hot and the trail was muddy so we only made it to the beach but it was worth every step. The views tempt you and provide the needed encouragement to keep....  more
    This hike is worth the effort. It was boiling hot and the trail was muddy so we only made it to the beach but it was worth every step. The views tempt you and provide the needed encouragement to keep....  more »
  • We hiked the first 1/2 mile of the trail to get to the first lookout point where you can see the NaPali coast (most boat rides won't get you this far). Take it at your pace as it is well worth the... 
    We hiked the first 1/2 mile of the trail to get to the first lookout point where you can see the NaPali coast (most boat rides won't get you this far). Take it at your pace as it is well worth the...  more »
  • Amazing views. Fabulous nature. It was not crowded. One of the toughest trails I ever did, but also because I was carrying 12kg backpack having water inside, instead of filtering the water during the....  more
    Amazing views. Fabulous nature. It was not crowded. One of the toughest trails I ever did, but also because I was carrying 12kg backpack having water inside, instead of filtering the water during the....  more »
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  • One of my favorite trip moments. The views along the trail were spectacular. Even if you don’t have the strength or energy to hike all the way to the waterfall or even the beach, you will be treated to a ruggedly beautiful coastline. The closest thing I have experienced is along the Pacific Coast Highway in California, another treasured memory for me:)
  • The first 2 miles have stunning views all the way. I have to say that the trail is not easy, and I wouldn’t do it with small kids, it’s a narrow path, steep and rocky. If you are planning to do the hike, I recommend to do it in the early morning hours, the breeze made it comfortable. When you finished the first part of the trail you have the option to take a break at the beautiful Hanakapiai Beach and go back or continue to the waterfalls. We decided to continue and hike the next two miles to go to the Falls, and I have to admit, it’s a challenging hike, be ready to cross few water streams. It was worth it 100%. What a great way to get connected with nature. Loved it!
  • Beautiful trail with horticulture and a canopy of trees overhead leading to a breathtaking secluded feeling beach at sunset. I swam to the next beach over and the sunset was even more amazing.
  • i am not an expert/avid hiker. so this review is for all my normal hikers !! be prepared for the incline @ the very start due to the rocky trail. there are break points at every side of a cliff (beware it gets windy thru-out the day). WEAR GOOD SHOES whether its rainy or not, there are mini waterfalls and it WILL BE MUDDY. i wore chaco sandals and i was fine. i hiked the 2 miles to the beach and back which ended off with 4 miles. the views were awesome and definitely helped motivate. when crossing the river to the beach, do not try to skip on the rocks its very dangerous. i recommend crossing in the water. its only about mid-calf deep. we stopped at the beach for lunch with while resting. DO NOT SWIM IN THE BEACH WATER. the current and undertow is super concerning and overall not safe. the waves aren’t huge during the summer but still. on the way back be prepared for the steep incline downward. overall, the hike was scenic but definitely hard
  • Stunning hike. We went fully prepared with the right gear. And I personally hike 5-8 miles every day. But the trail gets TOUGH, especially up to the waterfall. Prepared for wet, slippery rock, tons of mud, wading through river up to your waist (and I’m tall). I think this is not a bad hike for your muscles, but an impossible hike if you struggle with your balance. Hiking poles are required but shouldn’t be something you have to rely on.

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