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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
808-587-0400
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Ranked #3 of 129 Attractions in Kauai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Hiking Trails, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.

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Neenah, Wisconsin, USA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We initially planned on hiking the whole 11 miles and camping but then decided to only head the 4 miles in to see the falls. 8 miles round trip, it was a very muddy hike, we hiked it on December 13th. It starts with a good uphill climb, so it is best to be in some kind of shape when... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Get to the start early so that you can find parking. The first two miles are up and down with some challenging areas. Expect some mud and watery areas. Once at the beach, the hike to the falls is another two miles. There are boulders and stream crossings. Some parts are narrow and have mud. The work is well worth... More 

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Orange, California
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34 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Start early we arrived at 8:30 and the first parking lot was down to 6 spots, we did the hike on a cloudy day so heat was not an issue, however it rained the afternoon before and there were still areas of mud which I'm sure if it did not rain for a week those areas would still have mud.... More 

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Lakewood, Ohio
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My friends and I hiked the first 2 miles of the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Beach and back. My only regret is that I couldn't convince my friends to hike further along the trail with me! Amazing views of the coastline through the hike to the beach! The trail is great, but may be a bit more difficult for novice... More 

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Grantham, NH
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We took the 2 milehike along the Napali Coast on the Kalalau Trail, and back. This trail is 11 miles long, and to go all the way, you have to have a permit. The second mile is steep downhill and tough coming back up. It's switchbacks, hills and beautiful scenery. Much of the trail is narrow and the descent to... More 

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Portland, ME
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 via mobile

We had done this hike several times over the past twenty years. The good news is that the trail is now wider in many sections and well-maintained, with many water bars to divert flow and deter erosion. But it is still a fairly strenuous trail, with several stream crossings, including before the beach at the two mile mark. It is... More 

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newark, delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

We are active 60 year olds, but found the round trip 4miles to the beach very difficult. We expected the constant up and down, but did not factor in that the slippery rocks which cover about 80% of this part of the trail require you to pay close attention to each step so as not to fall or twist anything--resulting... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My husband and I did the 2 mile hike of Kalalau trail and it was my favorite thing we did on the honeymoon! It was the most beautiful place I have ever been and would highly recommend. I would suggest packing a lunch to enjoy at the beach before hiking back (we were pretty hungry half way through). Definitely wear... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Went here to try to make it to the falls but only made it to the first beach before heading back. Overall, it's got some great scenery and it's not unmanageable (there were many seniors and kids making the trek). Just do your research and be reasonably prepared. If you plan on making the day trip to the falls, start... More 

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michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We hiked up the Kalalau Trail from Ke'e Beach. Located only a few miles from the wettest spot on Eartth (Mt. Waialeale), we managed to forget our rain gear. The hike is incredible with breathtaking views of the Napali Coast. The trail can get extremely narrow (2-3 feet) and the rocks are very slippery. Make sure your shoes are a... More 

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