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Best trails in Hanalei

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Looking for a great trail near Hanalei, Kauai? AllTrails has 11 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Koke'e State Park or Ha'ena State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park or Ku‘ia Natural Area Reserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Hanalei ranging from 0.7 to 12.1 miles and from 13 to 4,189 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Hanalei
Top trails (11)
#1 - Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail
Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
NOTE: Advance reservations are now required for all visitors (except state of Hawaiʻi residents). Please see state park website for reservations and information https://www.gohaena.com/ The first 2 miles is a moderate hike to Hanakapiai Beach. From there it is another 2 strenuous miles to the falls. The trail is very muddy and slippery during the first mile. Hollywood is a big fan of this Hawaiian island's spectacular landscape, which is why it's a popular filming location for movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park. Like most trails on Kauai, the route up to the falls is quite rugged and usually quite slippery. This route should not be attempted during or immediately after a heavy rainfall.Show more
#2 - Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail
Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park
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Length: 22 mi • Est. Multi-day
Advance reservations are now required for all visitors (except state of Hawaiʻi residents). Limited overnight parking is available with a valid overnight camping permit; otherwise you must pre-book a shuttle or private pickup when camping overnight. Please see state park website for reservations and information https://www.gohaena.com/. 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 crumbling. 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.Show more
#3 - Hanakapi'ai Beach
Ha'ena State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
NOTE: Advance reservations are now required for all visitors (except state of Hawaiʻi residents). Please see state park website for reservations and information https://www.gohaena.com/ This is the first 2 miles to Hanakapi'ai Beach along the Kalalau Trail in the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii. This first portion of the trail is heavily used. The trail is often muddy and slippery due to sporadic rainfall. It is not recommended for children under age 6. The hike to Hanakapiai beach is by far one of the most beautiful trails in all Hawaii. The first two miles of the Napali Coast trail is breathtaking. The Hanakapiai Trail will climb steadily for the first mile to an elevation of 400 feet. Dont let this discourage you, as soon as you reach the first mile vista, you will be rewarded with sweeping views of the Napali coastline and an aerial view of Kee beach and the coral reef that creates the protective lagoon at Kee beach, perfect for snorkeling during the summer months. As you make your way along this portion of the Kalalau Trail you will switchback from coast to valleys, over fresh water streams and waterfalls. As you make your final descent into Hanakapiai Valley you will discover jungles of twisted vines, wild ginger, bananas, guava, varied Ti plants and at the end the cool waters of Hanakapiai Stream. The crystal clear river that flows from the falls two miles up river is a refreshing reprieve for tired, hot and muddy feet. Cool off in the river the ocean here is NOT for swimming. When you reach Hanakapiai stream you will need to cross the stream by boulder hopping. The beach is on the other side and during the summer months this beautiful beach is great for sunbathing, exploring the rocks and caves. But at no time is swimming recommended. The views from the beach back up the valley are magical. Most people make this their turn around point, but for those with the time and endurance can trek up the river trail another two miles through bamboo forest; the hike is 4 miles round-trip to beach, 8 miles round-trip to Falls. Caution: During heavy rains and high surf this trail can be extremely dangerous near the river and the shorelines. Do not attempt to cross the river during heavy rains. Flash flooding can occur without notice. Show more
#4 - Okolehao Trail
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
As of April 2020, this trail is experiencing full or partial closures. Please call the park for current conditions. Also dubbed Hanalei River Trail and Hihimanu Trail, this ridgeline ascent behind Hanalei offers a one-of-a-kind behind the curtains view of the valley and the ocean beyond. After a few hundred yards of mild forest meandering the trail turns left and thus begins a challenging half-mile climb to the first vista, a clearing next to an electrical tower that gives a taste of what visual splendor awaits those who proceed. For many, this initial climb and view may suffice. For those who wish to venture on, the hike tames down a bit, following the ridgeline. Close to the one mile mark look for the notable tree known as "Woody." Keep climbing another 5-10 minutes and you reach the second flat plateau with sweeping views of Hanalei Bay, Hanalei Pier, the Kilauea Lighthouse, Princeville, the taro fields you left behind, and Bali Hai. For the truly adventurous, the trail continues on and after the 1.5 mile mark turns into a rope-assisted climb (literally) of Hihimanu Ridge (Kauais Twin Peaks)... often with significant mud. This last section is arduous, can be dangerous, and should only be attempted by experienced hikers who dont have a fear of heights. At the end of the Okolehao Trail is another plateau and you see everything you did before plus the Hanalei River coming out of the mountain valley and a close up view of all the mountains including Waialeale. In total you can see 1/5 of the entire island. The trail can be muddy and slick if it has rained at all in the last few days, so be sure to grab a walking stick at the trailhead from the pile near the bridge. If planning on doing the entire climb, itd be wise to start early and bring plenty of water. The round trip hike should take around 4-5 hours if moving at a decent pace.Show more
#5 - Ke'e Beach-Kalalau Overlook
Ha'ena State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 39 m
NOTE: Advance reservations are now required for all visitors (except state of Hawaiʻi residents). Please see state park website for reservations and information https://www.gohaena.com/ Start from the Kalalau Trailhead and hike 1/4 mile to a viewpoint. From there you can choose to turn back or continue on.Show more
#6 - Okolehao Trail to Hihimanu Trail
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
#7 - Hanalei River Kayak
Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 12.1 mi
Leisurely kayak up the Hanalei River into the National Wildlife Preserve of Hanalei. Relatively easy kayak up the still waters of the Hanalei River. Pass under one of the many one lane bridges of the Prince Kuhio highway 56.Show more
#8 - Limahuli Garden and Preserve
Limahuli Garden and Preserve
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 27 m
#9 - Lumahai Beach Walk
Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 46 m
Please note the waters here are extraordinarily dangerous and swimming is not advised. There may be closed signs posted due to conditions that day.Show more
#10 - Upper Powerline Trail
Halelea Forest Reserve
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 27 m
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