Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Trail, Kauai: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Kalalau Trail Reviews: 5/5

Kalalau Trail
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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This place is temporarily closed. Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Erin B
155001104 contributions
Worth the effort for the views!
Sep 2021
This is not an easy hike for tourists but it's absolutely worth it! Just plan ahead, bring lots of water, food and make sure you have proper shoes and a hat! The trail is rocky, slippery and muddy! Don't feel you need to make it all the way to the waterfall, the beach is more than worth your efforts if it's your first time. Was very glad my husband and I did this hike!
Written September 25, 2021
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Barbara S
11 contributions
Not for the faint of heart!
Sep 2021
Hiked this twice on a recent trip.First time the trail was dry and made it to the waterfall. Second time only made it to the beach since it was muddy and wet.Not for the faint of heart or weak ! Difficult,rocky,slippery with multiple stream crossings.Views were mind blowing.Plan for all day to be able to stop and enjoy the scenery.
Written September 19, 2021
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Sara VK
Los Angeles, CA36 contributions
Take your time, Get a permit
Sep 2021
***Plan ahead if you want to hike at all in the park. They require permits for the the park, parking and/or the shuttle.*** I took the shuttle and it was super easy, with really nice staff. (Don't forget your mask if you do.) Also, you will want at least 5-6 hours to do the first part of the trail to the river AND the waterfall trail. If it's been rainy at all, the trail will be muddy and very slippery at points. Good shoes and a sun hat were to my advantage. I wish I would have arrived earlier on the shuttle, so I could have relaxed more at the waterfall or beach, but I did take my time and enjoy nature along the way. Have fun!
Written September 18, 2021
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Jackie T
Los Angeles, CA149 contributions
Be prepared
Aug 2021 • Couples
This hike is HARD. You need a permit and you need to be prepared. My husband and I did the trail for 5 days, 6 nights. We did it once before so we knew what to expect but it was still intense. Especially when it rains and makes the trail muddy and slippery. Not for the faint of heart but you’re rewarded with the most gorgeous secluded beach.
Written August 29, 2021
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Katya T
24 contributions
Great hike to the waterfall, hard to get a permit
Jul 2021
Great hike, but getting a permit was tough - had to get up at 6am EST 30 days in advance. Also wish could go past the beach without getting a camping permit. For the hike to the waterfall (another 2 miles from the beach), highly recommend hiking poles, as there are 3 river crossings.
Written July 27, 2021
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205JamieR205
Grand Rapids, MI277 contributions
Fabulous
Jun 2021 • Couples
*DO NOT FORGET THAT THIS HIKE REQUIRES A TIMED RESERVATION MADE IN ADVANCE. *

What a stunning hike. Gorgeous views of the ocean and Napali Coast. We continued on from Hanakapai beach at the two-mile mark to the falls, and it was totally worth it. Do be aware that if you go on to the falls, you will need to cross the stream by clambering over rocks several times. From Ke’e Beach at the trailhead to the falls is eight miles, round trip, the trail doesn’t have many flat stretches. We are fairly experienced hikers in good shape, and did it in about five hours, with brief stops at the falls and the beach. It’s fairly demanding - we were worn out when we returned to our car - and I would NOT recommend attempting the second leg to the falls if it is raining. Parts of the trail are slick and steep enough as it is without adding more wetness. You could probably manage the first leg in some rain, but even that would be pretty slippery. Just check the weather and use caution. If conditions allow, it is totally a must-do.
Written June 17, 2021
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John H
North Salt Lake, UT60 contributions
Favorite Hike in the World
Sep 2020
The Kalalau Trail has to be one of the most beautiful hikes on earth. You’ll see incredible views of the NāPali Coast, ruins from ancient Hawaiians, waterfalls, and if you’re there the right time of year whales jumping off shore. If you do the entire hike and camp at Kalalau Beach I would recommend bringing a backpacking hammock. There are a thousand good places to set up a hammock there. There’s also a waterfall right there so as long as you have a way to filter water you have a fresh water source. If you don’t have time to do the entire trail there are small detours off the main trail to waterfalls and stunning views. It is a must do when you’re on the island. FYI you need a permit to do this so plan ahead and get one online.
Written April 27, 2021
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Cassidy144
Charlotte, NC293 contributions
Be aware of road closures
Apr 2021
We almost missed our chance to hike the Kalalau Trail because the only road connecting Ha'ena State Park to Princeville and the southern part of Kauai was closed for most of the day for repairs, following a March 2021 landslide. We learned the hard way that one must always check the Department of Transportation (DOT) website the day of any hike (or activity) in Kauai. There is always a chance of road closure on this island. And if the road is closed, you will not arrive on time for your planned activity or hike reservation. We were very lucky to connect with Maria at Ha'ena State Park, who is incredibly patient and helpful. She was able to get us into the park once the road to Hanalei briefly re-opened mid-day, but it meant we had to buy another parking pass. So be sure and read all of the advice in the reviews below about closed toe shoes, muddy paths, steep drop-offs, bringing ample water/snacks-- this is all great advice. And on top of that, please check the DOT website before you head to the Kalalau Trail to make sure you can actually travel to Ha'ena State Park.
Written April 22, 2021
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MemoriesHoarder
New York City, NY121 contributions
Quite a trek but worth it
Nov 2020
Went on a rainy day and the mud made the trail so slippery even treacherous. But once you reach the secluded beach it will be all worth it. You need a reservation for the parking lot. Keep in mind...all those stunning photos of the Na Pali coast...those are from the air looking back at it. Because you will be hiking in it in dense foliage, huge sections of the hike will not have a great view and even if it does, it will be looking out toward the water, there aren't that many look out points to see back toward the coast itself
Written February 20, 2021
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Jon H
Kauai, HI34 contributions
Reservations are a must
Dec 2020
Make sure you make a reservation at the gohaena park website before you go - they will turn you away without one - which was unfortunately our experience :(

Maybe it's a COVID thing, didn't see any warnings before we got there
Written December 6, 2020
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