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Address: Kauai, HI
Phone Number: 808-587-0400
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Activities: Hiking
Description: Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.

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BEST hike in Hawaii

The hike is strenous and requires more than flip flops. I would recommend taking plenty of water, a hiking stick and wear shoes or hiking sandals. It takes around 4 hours to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

The hike is strenous and requires more than flip flops. I would recommend taking plenty of water, a hiking stick and wear shoes or hiking sandals. It takes around 4 hours to make it to the beach. It is the most beautiful hike.

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Park City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

This trail is AMAZING. To go all the way to the end takes a full day and you need a permit to camp. It is HARD. Sierra Club rates it a 9/10 out of difficulty and Outside Magazine ranks it one of America's ten toughest/best hikes. STUNNING scenery. You can go to the first beach - Hanakapi - without a... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I've done this hike a few times but never the whole 14 mile trail. You cannot do a trip to the North Shore of Kauai without at least hiking to the first viewpoint. I dragged a couple of my fellow travelers who were not in as good of shape as myself up to the first viewpoint just to see and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Everything you want in a tropical island hike: Great trail, lots of vertical elevation changes, incredible views, and challenges galore. Wear proper hiking gear, bring lots of water and food. Prep for bugs and lots of mud. Hike of a lifetime. Take the trip to the waterfall.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

For us returning to Oz means stopovers in Hawaii. Sometimes one needs to recover some soul apres intensive travel bouts. It is for this reason that the creator fashioned this tiny speck of an island that fields such a breathtaking diversity of landscapes. The femme and i agree that no other place in Hawii so perfectly fulfills dreams of pristine... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Amazing hike. We did about 5 miles down to the beach and back. The trail was very muddy and slippery on our hike. We were a little dlow going, but it was worth it. If you want to just get a great view you can hike to the 1/2 mile mark and back for a reasonable hike with great views.... More 

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Holt, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful hikes I've done. A little different than the Colorado hiking I'm used to. A couple things I would recommend: 1. Watch the weather closely and hike on a day when there is no rain forecasted. The flash flooding is like nothing you've ever seen and people are sometimes trapped on the wrong side... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The parking area fills up quickly (it's for the trail & Ke'e Beach), but there is an overflow lot (that also gets full). There are public bathrooms and picnic benches across from the trailhead. It was dry while we were hiking, but it had rained for a couple days before we did the hike, and I'm sure quite a bit... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The 11-mile Kalalau trail along Kauai's Na Pali coast ends at Kalalau beach.The reward for this strenuous often dangerous hike is Kalalau Valley with its pretty stream,cool clear pools,rainforest and expansive beach. Kalalau was home to hundreds of young hippies during the late 60s and early 70s. Images © Kevin W. Smith. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfUJ0pq9vwAGallery at fineartamerica.com (YouTube Featured video).

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Whistler, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This hike proved physical and mental struggles, we hiked into and out of Kalalau back to back days, which I do not recommend. I highly suggest staying in for a few nights and really taking in the beauty and lifestyle this little place holds. Words and photos will never show the true beauty of this place and the physical challenges... More 

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