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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
808-587-0400
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Ranked #4 of 164 Attractions in Kauai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking Trails, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Hiking the Kalalau Trail is one of life's most spiritual adventures, full of wonder and awe at nature's beauty, but also can be hazardous to your... more »
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Williamstown, New Jersey
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

hard work, but the payoff was spectacular views, a dip in a cold groundwater fed stream and beach followed by the ocean. the currents on the Napali Coast are brutal so swimming is not advised , but we took a dip anyway (and got tossed around quite a bit) but enjoyed the respite from the return trek. Our group ranged... More

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Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

We hiked the trail down to the beach and it was a challenge with the mud, rocks and rain making everything slippery. The beach at the bottom was awesome tho! The beach is so private and only accessible via trail so you won't feel crowded! The swimming hole is so refreshing after working up a sweat! Best part of the... More

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Far Rockaway, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We only did the first 2 miles. I don't care what other say, but as someone that doesnt regularly work out, this is very difficult. You basically climb 600+ft which you have to imagine at 50+ flights of stairs. I was swaeting and even panting at times but IT IS FAR FROM IMPOSSIBLE. Challenging I think is the correct way... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Last year, my wife and I (in our early 50s) hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail, then up a two mile side trail to Hanakapiai Falls. We went back to Kauai this year (August 2014) and decided to hike the whole Kalalau Trail and camp out at Kalalau Beach. What we read about it harped on the... More

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Carlsbad, California
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102 reviews 102 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My daughters have been wanting to do this for years and each time we are terribly unprepared. This time we decided to do the 2 mile in to beach and back. My girls this time complained as most teens do about everything. We suggested we just go a mile and see how we're doing. Well their Dad told them to... More

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Chattanooga, TN
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Kalalau trail along Na Pali coast is like no other place. The scenery and rawness of the land is incredible. I am very glad we hiked the trail, but do want to be forthright about its hazards too. We attempted this hike 6 years ago, but due to a several day rain storm, we were turned back by a... More

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Hermosa Beach, California
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22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The 8-mile round trip hike to Hanakapi'ai falls took about 6 hours and was well worth it. The first two miles to the beach is relatively easy, since it's downhill, and took about an hour. On the way back, it's mainly uphill and it's a lot harder - it took about 1.5 hours to get back. This part of the... More

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Temecula, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We enjoyed our Zodiac trip of the NaPali coast line so much that we decided to hike the first part of the Kalakau trail to Hanakapai' ai Beach. We are both in our mid sixties and in relatively good shape. The first part of the trail is about 2 miles and took us a little over 2 hours to accomplish.... More

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Oak Park, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The kids were wiped out, and we only went up about a mile and half. We just wanted a spot to check out the Na Pali coast views, which we did and that was awesome. But the trail was slippery and hard for the kids. We had to really take our time, and let others go by. Warning: Put on... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I, both 55 and in decent shape hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail and then two more to Hanakapiai Falls. It took us 1 1/2 hours to Hanakapiai Beach and another 2 hours to the falls. Our plans was to hike to the beach and then see how we felt about going the rest... More

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