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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 Kauai, use our Kauai online trip itinerary planner .
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  • We started at the point at Poipu resort, and headed to trail head. Great views. Use sneakers at least. Take water and camera and hat. Great ride pools to see if tide is out  more »
  • Husband was sick with a fever so I did this one alone on a rainy, misty, windy day. I found it very easy and peaceful. Thought the trail markers at times were confusing but I eventually got there. Lov...  more »
  • This trail is closed indefinitely. Severe storms have washed away the trail. No update on when it will reopen. Constant rain and mud slides hamper repairs.  more »
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