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Kalalau Trail

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Address: Kauai, HI
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Kauai's hiking trail along the Na Pali coast.

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Fantastic hiking, great views.

My family (2 adults, 8yr old) recently hiked part of the Kalalau trail. We hiked to Hanakapi'ai beach (~2 miles), then up to Hanakapi'ai falls (~2 more miles) and back for a... read more

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Aurora, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family (2 adults, 8yr old) recently hiked part of the Kalalau trail. We hiked to Hanakapi'ai beach (~2 miles), then up to Hanakapi'ai falls (~2 more miles) and back for a total of about 8 miles. This is NOT an entry-level hike, but well worth the effort! The trail to Hanakapi'ai beach follows the coast. The first bit of... More 

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Comox, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the full hike in 9 years ago. There was no helicopter traffic then, you needed to buy a pass to access deeper in and the hike had some really treacherous spots but as an experienced hiker it was SO worth the risk. NOT doable with kids (or, not safe with kids). More dangerous if wet/rained on. Go prepared... More 

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Iqaluit, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Start early to get a parking spot and to beat the heat. You can do the. 2 mile hike the the beach, but stay out of the water as the tide is dangerous. Make sure to take good shoes/boots as the trail is quite steep for the 1st quarter mile. The views are beautiful and the trail is mostly covered... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just did the 1st half mile to viewpoint. Took us 40 min. I think. 65+. It is pretty much like a natural staircase. Almost all climbing steps, good work out! View was worth it. Spectacular! Safe if you're ok with steps. Saw children 8yrs and up doing it too.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Kalalau Trail was a dream come true. We hiked all 11 miles to Kalalau Beach, stayed one night, then hiked back. (You need to get a permit.) It was a strenuous hike with a lot of up and down, and rocks and tree trunks as obstacles all along the trail. We were lucky in that it rained only a... More 

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Thank Mark A
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took five days for this hike, camping along the way there once, three nights at the beach, and camped once on the way back. The whole way is breathtakingly beautiful, but some parts are breathtakingly scary. We're very glad we did it, but thought afterward we wouldn't do it again because of some of the narrow paths on steep... More 

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Arcadia, Indiana
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Kalalau trail at Napoli coast is a must- do on Kauai, but be warned. It's not easy. Please don't wear flip-flops. Lots of slippery rocks to climb over and very steep cliffs. You can hike the first 2 miles without a permit. Unbelievably beautiful scenery. Parking is very limited at the trailhead which is at Ke'e beach, so come early.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Backpacked in, starting late and stayed an Hanakoa. Second day to Kalalau. Out on the third day. First two miles, hike to Hanakapai'ai Beach are crowded with day hikers, but still the best day hike on the island. Beautiful views along the way. A small beach. Stunningly scenic creek. We did not go to the falls here. The next four... More 

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Altoona, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went out a few times on this trail. The first great view is at 1/4-mile, the second at 1/2-mile, and that took 30 minutes to get to solo. I watched the sunset from there, and the moonset another time, and the Na Pali Coastline is beautiful to view from there. Most people continue on the trail, but I only... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If your over the age of 50 and in ok shape then Hike to the 1/2 mile point take your pictures and turn around and go back. The waterfall was amazing but make sure you enjoy your calves hurting for two days. Amazing hike! Must do it. Go early in the morning.

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