Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail

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Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail is a 19.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei (Kauai), HI that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

19.8 miles 8531 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

sea kayaking

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

scramble

washed out

Oceanside Jungle Cliff Hike to 400 foot Waterfalls. The island of Kauai is called the Garden Isle for many reasons. Many of which will become apparent as you hike through the jungle on your way through the Na Pali coast. The hike begins at Ke'e beach, at the end of the road on Kauai's North shore. You immediately begin climbing up and old trail, build with paving stones, but somewhat slippery and crubling. Long legs are a bonus here, as well as excellent grip on your hiking boots. The hike heads up and along the edge of the hills, very close to the ocean. There are great views of the Pacific here, as well as majestic jungle mountain views. The trail curves in and out of the many ridges that reach to the ocean, and then slowly works its way back down to Hanakapi'ai Beach, which is the halfway point (in!). A good spot to cool off and relax, before heading inland for the next two miles. Head up the stream to the right, and follow the trail all the way to Hanakapi'ai falls. That's all there is!

18 hours ago

Words can't describe. Utterly beautiful

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked this in two days and camped overnight at Kalalau beach by the ocean. BEST hike of my life!! Also the most challenging. I did several others in Kauai before ending with this one, and it will definitely stand out from an all-around standpoint. So glad I did it, with my boyfriend, as I was daunted by the reviews and weather (tons of rain) leading up to it. Not for the faint of heart!! I'll never forget it or the incredible views of the Na Pali coast!

backpacking
10 days ago

Amazing trail!!! Wear good shoes as the trail gets muddy if you plan on staying out there for more than a day. The camping at the 11 mile spot is much better than the 6 mile campsite in my opinion. Bring a tarp if you're camping!! Again... because of the rain...

23 days ago

we started middle of the day and got in to the mile 6 (if I recall correctly) "camp site" ...there is a covering of sorts if it is raining but other then that not much. We took day packs and hiked to the beach the next day and then back to the same campground to stay the second nigbt. if I were to do it again I would stay at the 6 mile campground (especially if late as the sketchy trail section is soon after this spot!) and then stay 1-2 nights on the beach and then back out the next day. A 3 or 4 day trip if you have time would be great buy if not you can do it in 2-3 day trip.

backpacking
23 days ago

amazing! take advantage of the climate and hammock camp if you want to cut weight and have more options for camping

hiking
24 days ago

25 days ago

Great hike. Beautiful but difficult because of slippery muddy trails and rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult especially due to the mud and slippery conditions. Well worth it though!

1 month ago

walking
1 month ago

Amazing hike with great views, but challenging during or after rainfall.

1 month ago

gorgeous views. can get muddy at times

2 months ago

Just finished it yesterday, staying 2 nights on Kalalau beach. The trail is very difficult, hardly ever staying flat. It is full of steep switchbacks, uneven rocky and muddy terrain, hundreds of feet drop offs, and jungle overgrowing the trail. I suggest packing very light, have bug protection, good footwear, water treatment (plenty of water crossings so don't carry to much it'll weigh you down, and be prepared for the most challenging hike ever

2 months ago

One of the most amazing experiences of my life!

2 months ago

2 months ago

Most beautiful trail I have ever been to.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Very strenuous and absolutely gorgeous!

2 months ago

It was nuts! So beautiful but oh so terrifying at the same time! The same damn time!
WORTH IT! Bring 100 bucks and take the boat back! You go in caves and shit it's amazing and scary at the same damn time.

2 months ago

This is an incredible trail. If you go to Kauai it is a must do!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hike. Started early was first to waterfall, passed hundreds of people on the way back. So start early