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Kalalau Trail, Kauai

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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. Add Kalalau Trail to your Wainiha travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Wainiha itinerary planner.
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  • My husband and I decided to do this hike as part of our honeymoon trip to Kauai since we wanted to see the Na Pali Coast but couldn't afford the boat trips. I didn't think it would be the same (and it...  more »
  • hike the trail. Take PLENTY of water. Wear good shoes. And enjoy the wonder. We hiked all the way to the falls.... 4 miles each way... and we enjoyed the beach on the way back. B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!  more »
  • We have done the first part with 2 teenage girls, 4 miles round-trip, count 1 h / 1 h 15 for each trip. The path is a bit rugged but accessible in family. The landscapes are beautiful, it's worth (and cheaper than the boat or helicopter PCO...). Take what it takes for (especially water) hike, we can't buy anything on the course.
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  • Signature Kauai, leads to an overlook to the beautiful beach below, while encompassed in the gorgeous Kauai foliage. We were short for time, so we only hiked up to the overlook (half mile round trip). Even that first stop made for impressive photos. Parking and traffic was intense; very busy when we went (Sunday afternoon). The beach was dangerous at the time of our visit, lots of under-tow. Trails and beach were not good for small children.
  • Probably some of the best views you will see on any of the islands (or anywhere for that matter). Bring lots of water, correct hiking shoes/boots and EFFORT. My wife and I are experienced hikers, and the four mile round trip hike to the first beach is one of the toughest I've done. Elevation isn't bad, but the mud, wet rocks and water crossings are very challenging. The small private beach is worth seeing for the effort expended, and you will not want to leave (it is amazing to just take it in), but don't wait too late. If you make it to the stop at the half-mile mark, and still feel good, the rest of the trip to the beach (and back) will use 95% of your energy. Two main things to remember - you will get muddy/wet and you must bring plenty of water (3-4 bottles per hiker). Did I mention the beach is AMAZING?
  • Tough but rewarding. Gets absolutely breathtaking from mile 7..pack as light as possible
  • This is a must see in Kauai. The views are just incredible. However, this is definitely a trail you need to be well-prepared for. Wear good shoes, bring hiking sticks. The rocks are slippery and the trail is steep in parts, with rainfall possible at any moment. As long as you are aware of that, it'll be fun. Crowded trail in the afternoons.
  • Amazing trail with magical view. It's a 6 miles round trip to the second beach stop. Bring a lot of water. Be careful it's slippery specially after a rain. Loved the trail.

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