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Kalalau Trail

#15 of 331 Activities in Kauai
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Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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Address: Kauai, HI
Phone Number: 808-587-0400
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.
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We did the hike to the falls and back (8 miles round trip). It is one of the best memories from our trip. We left our condo early and got to the trail around 8am. We found parking... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Worcester, MA
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Worcester, MA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We did the hike to the falls and back (8 miles round trip). It is one of the best memories from our trip. We left our condo early and got to the trail around 8am. We found parking no problem. The hike to/from the beach (first and last two miles) were easier. These miles had a very clear path with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We ran the first half of the trail - to the campsite at Hanakoa, just over 6 miles each way (12 miles total - over 1000 metres of vertical climb!), with plenty of stops to look at the amaaaazing views! Definitely challenging and rocky underfoot. Lots of birds to see too. We did it in mid-January and it was warm... More 

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Limone sul Garda, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We didn't t want to camp out so we decided to walk just as far as we could,that means 5.5 miles and back.the weather was good and the path was dry(the most important thing,last year was so muddy and slippery we could'n t go that far).but as far as we were back at the car came a big shower(don t... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is an epic 16km one way journey that takes in spectacular views down the Na Pali Coast. The trail is rough, steep and muddy in sections, plus there are only a few pit toilets along the way, so pack food and water for the hike. The return journey has 1350m vertical gain, thanks to lots of short, steep climbs.... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We took the combined hike of 2 miles from the trailhead at Ke'e to the Hanakapai'ai Beach, then continued another 2 miles to the falls at Hanakapai'ai. This means the total hike is 8 miles round trip. It is a fabulous hike, but it's NOT a walk. This is a HIKE which means you need water, food, and appropriate footgear.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

So much fun. We went earlier in the morning and hiked to the beach and ate lunch. If hiking with elementary school age children keep them away from the edge on the trail to the beach. We stayed at the beach for a couple hours, but we don't suggest swimming because the current is really strong.Hike is totally worth it.

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Honolulu, HI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is not a beginner hike. Even the first two miles to Hanakapia'ai beach is challenging. It's up hill and can be wet and steep. With that said, there were lots of old people, folks with babies strapped to their bodies and pregnant ladies- clearly superstars - also on that note we saw lots of couples turn around. Bring water... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Don't consider yourself a hiker? It doesn't matter. If you have mobility and average stamina, you'll do just great on this hike. It IS somewhat strenuous in places, but other stretches are smooth and easy. Depending on when you go, you'll find mud and water to different degrees. Two miles to the beach and two miles back again - and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This review are for parents considering taking their babies on a hiking backpack. We only did the 1st leg of the hike to Hanakapi ai beach since we had an 8mo old in tow in a hiking backpack. Highly recommended as it is an Amazing hike. A lot of the reviews were against bringing babies/kids on this trail but we... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

11mi, 22mi RT. Varied elevation through hike. 3 days, 2 nights at Kalalau beachhead. Would be fairly sketchy if rainy. In drier weather, slopes and dropoffs are steep but manageable for confident hikers. Water sources throughout, trail relatively clear, campsites decent if a little muddy at times.

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