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Kalalau Trail

Kauai, HI
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Ranked #4 of 162 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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Issaquah, Washington
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95 reviews 95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

If you want to see Na Pali coast without spending any dollars this hike is the way to do it. Well maintained trail and beautiful views. I have never hiked along the ocean so it was a new experience for us. Do not start this trail after 5 even if you are doing just the 2 mile to the first... More

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Atlanta, Ga
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

So on 5/28/12 a friend and I did the entire 22 miles in one day. We started at 5:25 am and came off the trail at 7:20 pm. It only took us 56K steps to complete the trail. As it has been described many times over - the start of the trail (first 2 miles) is muddy and in much... More

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California City, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

It's only 2 mile hike to the Beach.. but it took me forever (well, because I was afraid of slipping, even though I had my hiking shoes).. b/c it was VERY Wet MUDDY and Rocky at times, and you have to cross streams when you get close to the beach (choice, is go through the water, or hop on the... More

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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

This trail is amazing which attracts lots of people, so get there early to have the place to yourself. We arrived at 8am and hiked the 4 miles round trip down to Hanakapiai beach which I would say is the minimum to get the full effect. Would have loved to go further.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

We just got back from hiking the Kalalau trail, all 22 miles of it (11 miles there and back). It is definitely a strenuous hike, but doable if you’re in shape. We did the hike in 2 stages. We camped at mile 6 on the way in and out, and then finished the hike the following day. The vistas were... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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72 reviews 72 reviews
20 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We only did the 4 mile hike.It took us about 3 hours and 15 minutes. It was no walk in the park, but well worth it. The views were breathtaking!!! The one thing I would do differently is get there earlier. It was very hot and a good part of the return trip was in the sun. Going earlier in... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

We got camping permits in advance and hiked all the way to the end of the trail. Needless to say, the scenery was stunning and memorable. My wife and I are both experienced backpackers and in reasonably good shape, and I can honestly say that this is probably the most difficult and most dangerous trail I have hiked. The first... More

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Niagara Falls, New York
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115 reviews 115 reviews
87 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

We hiked to the beach with our 9 year old daughter. We are NOT an athletic family. This hike is "REAL" as opposed to some hikes we've been on where it's really a trail, with some inclines. There are cliffs, slippery conditions, and it's hard on your legs if your not used to rock climbing. ;) That said, the views... More

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Haena, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Moderate to strenuous hike to Hanakapiai beach (2 mi.) and Falls (2 mi. further) for 8 mi. round trip. Often muddy and slippery but well worth the effort.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

My dad and I did the 2 mile hike to hanakapiai beach (4 miles total there and back) and as someone who has traveled a lot and appreciates natural beauty, this was by far one of the most incredible things I've seen. Sometimes, my dad and I didn't know where to look - look back and see lush mountains and... More

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