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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. To visit Kalalau Trail and other attractions in Princeville, use our Princeville online trip itinerary planner .
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  • This hike was the highlight of our trip! The trail head is located at Ke’e Beach; get there early to find a parking space, the lots fill quickly. It is a moderately strenuous hike, bring more water th...  more »
  • We hiked the full 11 to the valley. Honestly, having hiked places like Trolltunga in Norway, Machu Picchu in Peru, and Clouds Rest/Half Dome in Yosemite we were thinking this would be as breathtaking....  more »
  • Hiked to the beach and the views were absolutely stunning. Helicopter tours hovered over Head so you know the views are perfect. Rocks can be very slippery and it is muddy so do not wear you good shoe...  more »
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  • Incredible trail! A few tips: 1) Come early: parking gets packed and we saw people parked a quarter-mile away around 10:30/11am. 2) Bring hiking shoes: the trail was muddy and had a few spots were tricky. I have bad knees and was able to maintain traction on the trail but the hiking boots. 3) Bring a camera: the views are breath taking! Some hikers even saw whales! 4) Do not go if it it’s raining: this trail can be treacherous. Definitely go when the weather conditions allow for a smooth hike. 5) Go early: Cannot stress this enough. The trail is beautiful, but small in places and this a popular hike. On our back from the 2 mile loop my wife and I saw groups as big as 12 people hiking. We were thankful we did not get stuck behind them.
  • Totally Fricken Awesome... Just tough on the first 500 metres but just gorgeous after. The views from the top looking down on the beaches was awesome.... Just ensure you are wearing the right footwear. Also, ensure you pace yourself and turn around before it gets dark. It could get dangerous and people have been known to get stuck up there... could get slippery if it rains or gets wet. Still... luv it.
  • The views and the colours off of this hike are unbeatable. Even if it’s raining when you start, probability is you’ll find some sunshine along the way. Just wear some good and sturdy shoes!!!!
  • The trail is a blast, but the publicly posted time estimates are for the pros. If you want to have a chance to make the falls, a full eight-mile loop, be sure to start in the morning hours. Bring plenty of water and snacks--even in the winter we burner through a liter a person on the four mile trip. Before going out, please Google hiking etiquette. Several people on the trail were rude to the point I had to verbalize it. You should never put another person in danger because you're in a hiking hurry. P.S. I'm going to lap you because if you don't know how to treat other hikers with respect, you must not do this that often.
  • This is a spectacular trail! Start very early to get a parking spot and also because at least when we were there in May 2016, the river crossing that you wade through to reach the beach (midway-ish to the falls) became dangerous as the day went on, so it was only possible to hike to the falls if you started very early. We did make it to the falls, and it was amazing and well worth it, but the crossing was way more challenging on the way back, and park officials were turning back people who started later in the day, so they didn't even get to reach the beach. Not an easy hike, but so rewarding.

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