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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
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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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newport beach, CA
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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124 reviews 124 reviews
24 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

This is a spectacular hike. Don't miss this if you are anywhere close to the Kalalau trail. We hiked "just" to the beach, 2 miles in, but it's enough to get a good feel of what it's like. Afterwards you can go for a nice swim at the beautiful Ke'e beach.

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Atlanta, GA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This was my second time to do this trail....the first being several years ago right after a heavy rain. This time the trail was dry and a much better experience. We hiked the first two miles in, but decided to pass on the additional 2 miles up to the waterfall. We enjoyed a nice rest on the beautiful Hanakapiai beach... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We hiked "just" to the beach, 2 miles in. (Had read about the waterfall hike which sounds awesome but knew I was not up to it.) The hike is very uneven as others have mentioned but safe if you just choose your footing carefully (no scary drops). It is slow going for that reason and stopping often to enjoy the... More

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

I hiked the first part of the trail 9.10.14 with a companion, to the falls and back in 6 hours, which included a stay at Hanakapiai Beach twice and a snack and swim at the falls. So we made good time. The trail was dry, weather was great. That is an 8 mile round trip with lots of up and... More

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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

11 mile hike to one of the best paradise destinations in the world. It is probably one of the most dangerous hikes I've ever done and hopefully the last one. Mile 7 is definitely the scariest as many people fell into their deaths here. Tips: i would plan to stay 2 nights there instead of one. Definitely look at the... More

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We did this on our honeymoon. Couldn't go this year because I am pregnant and erring on the safe side of things :) This is a must do but start EARLY!!!!! My hubby and I thought, no problem, only four miles into the falls....well, because it is a VERY uneven climb, it takes more out of you than you would... More

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Top Contributor
82 reviews 82 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was just the two mile hike to the beach and back. You can go another two miles out and back to a waterfalls once you hit the stream, but I wasn't up for that. I'd done this before, and knew what to expect. However I'm a little older now and I'd been on treadmills out to the 3-4 mile... More

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Aliso Viejo, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Really enjoyed the 2 mile hike to Hanakapai beach. The views of the coast were spectacular. The variety of tropical plant life was beautiful. Was very humid the day we hiked. This is a very technical hike. Not a stroll to the beach. You need to pay attention to every step. Hard to do when there is such beautiful scenery.... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
7 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I read through lots of reviews and everybody does the same thing; get on the trail early, hike 11 miles, spend a night or 2 at Kalalau Beach then hike 11 miles back. For TA readers only, I am going to share two secrets for TA readers , only. 1) Kalalau Beach is a psychological destination, far from the nicest... More

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