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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
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Ranked #5 of 157 attractions in Kauai
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Calgary, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

This portion of the 11 mile trail is classed as a moderate short hike but the slick mud, slippery rocks, roots and constant up and down present an extra degree of difficulty. The hike to the first overlook is somewhat strenuous but well worth it. Took us 3 hours round trip, plus a half hour taking pictures at the rocky... More

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Greenwood Village, Colorado, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

We only hiked one mile into this 11 mile hike, but loved the hike. It rained the night before. Be careful if it is raining not to cross the Hanakap'ai stream. A couple days prior many hikers had to be rescued as were stranded. Beautiful streams and waterfalls. Spectacular views. Take a hiking stick or look around as many people... More

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Townsville, Australia
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We were nervous about the Hanakapi'ai stream crossing since it had been raining on and off from the time we arrived on Kauai 3 days earlier. We talked to some hikers the night before we were due to start our trip, and they reported that the crossing was fine. Even though it rained a bit throughout the night, we didn't... More

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Port Orange, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

it was a full day to get to the falls for these first time hikers. slippery clay,lots of mangoes on the ground, water, roots but all worth the climb.Once you make it to the falls it takes just as long to get back down. We slept good that night!

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I had seen the Napali coast from a helicopter in years past, but had no idea you could actually hike it. We were lucky to have very dry conditions and there were parts where the drop off made me a little skittish, but the scenery and experience were almost a religious experience for me. I did take a fall near... More

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Brentwood, TN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This was number one on my list for Kauai and it did not disappoint. My wife and two teenage boys hiked to the falls in December of 2013. It had rained a few days before, so most of the trail into the falls was muddy, but nothing to be overly concerned about for the average person. This was our sons'... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We spent three nights at Kalalau beach. If you're an experienced & fit hiker, without a fear of heights, this is probably one of the best hikes on the planet. I would not recommend doing the hike in wet weather due to very narrow treacherous sections, and because of the possibility of flash floods & trapping you on one side... More

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Go as far as you like and can do. Great views in less than a mile. You will be rewarded with the beauty if the lush vegetation and spectacular vistas of the Na Pali Coastline. The earlier in the day, the better for parking and crowds. This will make a lifelong memory.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I've hiked many places in my life (west coast United States, Canada, Scotland, Ireland ect) and this has to be one of the most beautiul locations I've been to. The views, the temprature changes, the hot arid side of the mountain, to the tropical rainforest side of the mountain, makes you feel like you're walking in multiple locations at once.... More

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St. Charles, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Due to weather (rain) the night before, we only made it to the river just before the beach (2 miles). The rain had caused the river to become very angry, and a ranger was forbidding people to cross. This was disappointing, but this trail is AMAZING nonetheless. In all honesty, after reading many reviews, I was expecting the trail to... More

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