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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
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Ranked #6 of 157 attractions in Kauai
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Port Orange, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

it was a full day to get to the falls for these first time hikers. slippery clay,lots of mangoes on the ground, water, roots but all worth the climb.Once you make it to the falls it takes just as long to get back down. We slept good that night!

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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I had seen the Napali coast from a helicopter in years past, but had no idea you could actually hike it. We were lucky to have very dry conditions and there were parts where the drop off made me a little skittish, but the scenery and experience were almost a religious experience for me. I did take a fall near... More

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Brentwood, TN
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This was number one on my list for Kauai and it did not disappoint. My wife and two teenage boys hiked to the falls in December of 2013. It had rained a few days before, so most of the trail into the falls was muddy, but nothing to be overly concerned about for the average person. This was our sons'... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We spent three nights at Kalalau beach. If you're an experienced & fit hiker, without a fear of heights, this is probably one of the best hikes on the planet. I would not recommend doing the hike in wet weather due to very narrow treacherous sections, and because of the possibility of flash floods & trapping you on one side... More

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Palm Springs, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Go as far as you like and can do. Great views in less than a mile. You will be rewarded with the beauty if the lush vegetation and spectacular vistas of the Na Pali Coastline. The earlier in the day, the better for parking and crowds. This will make a lifelong memory.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I've hiked many places in my life (west coast United States, Canada, Scotland, Ireland ect) and this has to be one of the most beautiul locations I've been to. The views, the temprature changes, the hot arid side of the mountain, to the tropical rainforest side of the mountain, makes you feel like you're walking in multiple locations at once.... More

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St. Charles, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Due to weather (rain) the night before, we only made it to the river just before the beach (2 miles). The rain had caused the river to become very angry, and a ranger was forbidding people to cross. This was disappointing, but this trail is AMAZING nonetheless. In all honesty, after reading many reviews, I was expecting the trail to... More

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My wife and I and our 12y.o.daughter hiked only to the beach which I believe is a couple of miles in. It was Jul 2013 and a hot day. As others have said the trail is very rocky in places and there is a steep descent to the beach where we were fortunate to see some turtles in the shallow... More

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San Francisco
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is not a trail for families with small children, older family members or those who are not fit and prepared for a hike. The trail is wet, muddy and steep. It is also filled with rocks, not little rocks, steep with BIG rocks that require balance and strength. I hiked the first two miles with my family to the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Folks, it is lovely that you walked in two miles to the beach, or another two miles to the first waterfall, but that is NOT the Kalalau Trail - it is a short and relatively safe section of the hike. The Kalalau Trail is an 11 mile hike over extremely dangerous ledges where one misstep will send you down a... More

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