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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 Wainiha, use our Wainiha online trip itinerary planner .
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  • September 23, 2017
    We left early morning around 08h30 am and it took us 1 hour to get to the beach point, which is just like a postcard. We then decided to continue on our way to the falls, another 2 hours of hiking. Fi...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    My wife and I completed about 9 total miles of the Kalalau Trail yesterday. The weather conditions were great(low 80's, partly cloudy and no rain) and the trail was in good condition. There are parts ...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    Get the trail head at the end of the road at Ke'e beach and believe what you read...GO EARLY in the day as parking becomes CRAZY! Wear hiking footwear and take water. Trail starts and continues very s...  more »
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  • April 4, 2017
    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.
  • December 9, 2016
    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?
  • May 23, 2017
    Tough but rewarding. Gets absolutely breathtaking from mile 7..pack as light as possible
  • December 26, 2016
    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.
  • March 16, 2017
    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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