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Kalalau Trail, Haena

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Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
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 is not an easy hike for tourists but it's absolutely worth it! Just plan ahead, bring lots of water, food and make sure you have proper shoes and a hat! The trail is rocky, slippery and muddy...  more »
  • Hiked this twice on a recent trip.First time the trail was dry and made it to the waterfall. Second time only made it to the beach since it was muddy and wet.Not for the faint of heart or weak...  more »
  • ***Plan ahead if you want to hike at all in the park. They require permits for the the park, parking and/or the shuttle.*** I took the shuttle and it was super easy, with really nice staff. (Don't...  more »
  • Stunning! Make sure you take enough water. Different seasons have diff conditions and the hine can take longer than expected. Beautiful sunsets. Some slipper spots and watch your footing on roots, and transitions. Some nice beach sand to walk on after and give your feet a massage.
  • On a sunny/dry day, this trail/hike is one of my most favorite (and most scenic) hikes in all of the Hawaiian islands. However, when you get to Hanakapaia beach... DO NOT SWIM at this beach. Very dangerous. HEED all the warnings as indicated in many reviews.
  • The most stunning hike any soul can expect. Knife sharp cliffs, deep ravines submerged in the everlasting sound of ocean. Some part of it can be quite dangerous with loose rocks and slippery ground. When you reach the creek right before the campground, you may find a village populated with vagabond whose stories would make you see your life anew.
  • The first part (2 miles one way) give you some great hiking experience. And quite strenuous, especially in wet weather. However, you can get much better views of the Napali Coast from lookouts and hikes in Northern parts of Waimea Canyon area.
  • Look, just avoid the area if there is the slightest chance of rain. Even with proper hiking boots, you WILL fall on your butt. In my case, I got a stress fracture on my arm.

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