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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
808-587-0400
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Ranked #4 of 165 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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Temecula, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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12 helpful votes 12 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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Tecumseh, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Rated as one of the the top hikes in the world, the Kalalau Trail did not disappoint. In fact, we found it truly inspirational. My wife Pam and I, ages 56 and 61 respectively, hiked the 11.2 miles one-way distance, with more than 2800 feet of elevation gain while carrying our share of the gear, all in one day with... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Could talk about it all day, but most has been said. Tough Inclines, vertigo inducing drop offs, slick rocks, and the most beautiful experience of my life. I went all the way in and all the way out over two days with one other person. I had permits but hadn't got the chance to print them. We took a screenshot... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Did the 2 mile hike to the beach 5 days ago & got there at 8 am on a Monday. There were about 5 parking spots left at the trailhead (~20 parking spots total, there's an overflow dirt lot about 1/4 mile down the road which holds maybe another 25 cars. If u don't park in either of these lots... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Gorgeous the whole way. Very long if you go the whole way in one day. Not for the inexperienced. Lots of up and down with switchbacks. Not much of a "trail" after the first 2 miles. Uneven terrain and rock jumping to cross over water unless u want to get wet. I had no idea what I was getting into.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I've now traveled to Maui, Oahu, the Big Island, and Kauai and can honestly say this is one of the greatest things I've done. The drive along Highway 56 is breath-taking and the caves/Ke'e Beach at the entrance to the trail are gorgeous! Definitely wear sneakers or hiking shoes and pack plenty of water. I definitely recommend arriving no later... More

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Quebec
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30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Started the trail in the rain, then the sun came out for two hour. Took wonderful pictures. The trail was smooth but wet. I arrived at the beach (first stop), quiet as most people stick around the rocks and go back. I stayed at the beach for an hour alone, exploying the beach and caves. Can`t swim there because of... More

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San Diego, California
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

To begin with, we arrived later in the morning than we had planned and there was nowhere to park. We ended up parking on the road leading up to the beach and we had to hike almost half a mile to get up to the beach and the beginning of the trail. So if you're going, go very early or... More

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