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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
808-587-0400
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Ranked #4 of 167 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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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Incredible experience. My wife and I hiked to the waterfall and back. The waterfall is amazing and make sure to swim in the pool underneath it. The hike is definitely challenging and the valley trail up to the falls requires several creek crossings and scampering up and down wet rocks. Be prepared to get rained on as well. It's all... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~This a review of the 11 mile hike to Kalalau Beach~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Protips: -Leave as early as possible, we hit the trailhead at 6am and made it to the end by 2:30pm with a couple photo stops, snack breaks, and lunch at Hanakoa. Leaving this early also avoids the day hiker. -Water is essential. I carried 4L and my... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We hiked to the waterfall which in my opinion was the highlight of our entire trip! (And helicopter tour of Kauai) We did it in Oct 2013 and still talk about it...views are completely breathtaking!! Like others have mentioned it is not an easy hike, we are from Colorado and hike all the time, we were taken by surprise. Wear... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Went with my GoPro and took some footage. Very exciting hike to say the least. I am glad I went and would recommend it to anyone and everyone that this is a must do hike !! Here is some of the footage I shot. Enjoy !! http://youtu.be/41qiRrB1Yxo

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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Whether or not the trail is worth doing it? Read the other reviews and those of the Na Pali Coast and the Kalalau Valley Lookout and you will find the majority of the answers is "Yes"! And my answer is "Of course". Some people might find it crowded, but I believe that is depending on which time of the year... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

My wife and I hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach and it was well worth it. The hike falls somewhere in the middle of easy and strenuous and I think it may depend on how wet it is. There are definitely some rocky inclines that are made harder by rain, but nothing I'd consider... More

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We did the two mile hike to the beach. There were two streams to cool off at. This is a difficult hike with a lot of up and down. Also, it is to my muddy an slippery. But the reward is great. You can was off at the park at the beginning. If you plan on doing the whole hike... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Even though this is extremely crowded and we hate that, we still felt compelled to go. And I'm glad I did. The views are breathtaking! We saw special money Dolphins and turtles. And of course you see all the tour boats and helicopters which can be somewhat distracting. The hike is initially very Rocky and in other places ad well.... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

My husband and I started this hike as early we possibly could to beat the heat and the hikers. This worked out beautifully, since the cloud coverage and slight rain helped to cool us down a bit. The way up during the first 1/2 mile is a bit of a climb. Be extra careful when it has rained, as much... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We visited the trail in Oct 2014 - arriving about 3pm which meant we didn't have time to do the trail all the way to the waterfall but we had plenty of time to walk about 3/4 of a mile to the first 2 lookouts of trail - one back to Ke'e beach and the other down the Na Pali... More

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