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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
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Ranked #4 of 166 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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Cornville, Arizona
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97 reviews 97 reviews
8 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful trail through the rain forest and to some neat secluded beaches. The trail itself is not for the faint of heart. It can be wet slippery and treacherous. Good shoes are a must. It is also surprisingly crowded and busy, which admittedly does take away from the experience. If you are looking for something a little... More

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Sharpsburg, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We hiked the two mile trail to the beach, and then hiked the Hanakapi'ai Falls trail inland to the falls. Utterly breathtaking!!! Had lunch at the falls that we packed and then went for a refreshing swim. Total to get to the falls and back to Ke'e beach is about 8 miles. But it is very steep, slippery, muddy and... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Collectively, most of the reviews I've read are spot on. I've done the hike up to Hanakapiai Falls three times (twice on last trip) and it never gets old. If you miss this on your trip to Kuaia, you've missed the best thing to do on the island - other than maybe seeing the island from a helicopter with the... More

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washington, dc
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146 reviews 146 reviews
31 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We hiked the two mile track to the beach and back (four miles round trip), which took about a half day, including eating lunch at the beach and checking out some of the caves there. The hike is partially shaded and partially exposed, but there is no water available at the beach, so make sure you carry enough with you.... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Don't rush this hike!! The hike is very long, but the the optional falls near the beginning are so worth seeing. Plan on camping at Hanakoa the first night, and you'll be well rested for the scary bit. All the way down to Crawler's ledge is slippery red gravel- next time I would bring cramp-ons. The ledge itself wasn't that... More

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Kansas City
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This seems like a short trail. 1/2 mile is short. But the elevation change is substantial. I wouldn't try the trail if there was any risk of rain. Take some water. It gets hot. And....at the Napali trail hang onto everything. The wind really blows. The views are amazing and parking is a pain. We spoke to a couple who... More

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Glens Falls, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

My husband and I hiked this trail on a warm, sunny day the day before we left Kauai. Hiking the 2 miles to the beach was by far the easiest part of the hike. Take time to enjoy the views. However, a mile or so in there are a ridiculous amount of ants on the trail. If you stop for... More

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Houston, Texas
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95 reviews 95 reviews
34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

DH & I are just past our mid-50's. We hiked to the .50 mile overlook and then back to ground level. We are both in pretty good shape for our age, but after encountering the rough terrain in the first half mile, we decided to turn back. Our purpose was to go to the Ke'e beach overlook and we're glad... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

It's a two mile hike to a beautiful beach with amazing views of the Napali coast along the way. Another two mile hike to the waterfall which is so worth the trek, round trip is about 8miles. It's a very strenuous hike, crossing multiple streams, muddy slippery rocky areas, steep inclines and thousands of flies/gnats because of the guava just... More

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newport beach, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is one of the best hikes I have ever done, but be careful. Make sure to take enough water, my girlfriend and I took 3 L each in our camelbacks. Also take some food such as sandwiches, bars or electrolyte chews, all which you can get at the local foodland. STAY OUT OF THE WATER AT THE BEACH. The... More

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