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Kalalau Trail

Address: Kauai, HI
Phone Number: 808-587-0400
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Ranked #4 of 228 things to do in Kauai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Hiking trails, Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.
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Type: Hiking trails, Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.

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Minneapolis
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

I loved the views but did not really know what to expect as my husband had said we were hiking along the Napali coast and I thought he meant beach! This is not a hike on the beach! Make sure you have plenty of water and a supply of food; energy bars and fruit. Also make sure you have good... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

The trail is advertised as one of the world class beautiful trail. So we have great expectation on it. While for the first 2miles only better than average view I think. Maybe the whole 11miles is really beautiful but you have to got a permission in advance.

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Toronto
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I highly recommend the full 11 mile hike (one-way) for adventure seekers. I could write a book about my experience on this trail but will keep the review relatively short. The first day we did the hike from trail head to the Hanakapi'ai falls and then to the Hanakoa campsite (10 miles). The side trip to the falls added 4... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We do try to go for a 4 mile hike once a month with our kid and he is used it. So, we decided to hike up to the waterfall which is a 4 mile hike each way. We carried like 3/4 gallon of water, food, and other baby items. We also used a moby wrap because we had not... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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284 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

I would highly recommend you choose from two options. Hike the first .25 miles.. or the first 2 miles for those who are adventurous. After you cross the stream at 2 miles, the trail gets very narrow and the view honestly doesn't change that much. You keep winding back to the inland and out to the coast and then get... More 

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Oakland, California
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I have to add my two cents here. This hike is a sublime, bucket-list kind of experience, and it's ROUGH. The official distance to Hanakapai Beach is two miles (as far was we went), but my FitBit said 4.85, with all the ups and downs. And the difficulty isn't the distance or the elevation gain, it's the roughness of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My partner and I came to Kauai to trek the Kalalau. The plan was as such: Day 1: 2km to waterfall trailhead, 4km waterfall trail, 4km to Hanakoa to set up camp (permit required which you can get online). Day 2: 5km from Hanakoa to Kalalau, camp on beach Day 3: 11km trek back. *Note* This is the first time... More 

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Tracy, California
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117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Okay this is more geared toward people over 40 or people that are not used to visiting the gym 5 days a week. This is not a walk in the park. Beautiful, yes it is. Easy to see, no it is not. Don't let the distance fool you. Two miles to the beach is very deceiving. I saw dozens of... More 

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San Francisco, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We did just the first 2.5 miles of this hike and would have continued on to the waterfall, but were told we'd started too late in the day to make it back in time. You definitely don't want to come back when it's getting dark. We are pretty experienced hikers and managed to get to the beach and back in... More 

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Parker, Colorado
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Coming from Colorado, we know hiking. We love hiking, we seek it out everywhere we can and take in all the views and every bit of the experience. This hike is tied for first place in my repertoire of hikes (the other being Mt. Sneffels in Ouray, CO). The hike is partitioned out so you can do what you feel... More 

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