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Deborah Vogt reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Kalaupapa Trail Slated to Reopen by Year End The process of constructing and installing a bridge to one of the most remote and logistically inaccessible locations in Hawaii is no easy task. But the Kalaupapa National Historical Park Service is slated to begin the process of rebuilding the bridge on switchback three of the famed Kalaupapa pali trail in October that was wiped out by a landslide last December. The federal government was shutdown at the time the bridge damage was discovered by a postal worker hiking down the trail at the end of last year. No work could be done until the government reopened in late January, explained park superintendent Erika Stein Espaniola. “We then secured the fallen bridge in place so it wouldn’t cause further damage,” Espaniola said of the structure that was completely demolished by the landslide. “We also did an overall assessment of work that would need to be done. We’ve been doing some rock scaling and vegetation removal to get rid of the loose material near the bridge site.” Starting in May, crews worked to remove the broken bridge, which “alone was quite an operation,” according to Espaniola. “We had personnel tied in with ropes and a chainsaw to cut the old bridge into smaller pieces and pulled back onto the trail with ropes,” she said. “Then our hardworking crew hauled out the bridge pieces themselves and hiked it off the trail! As you can imagine, along the way we’ve also needed to complete compliance and build in safety protocols and plans for all this work.” Removal of the old bridge cost about $50,000, while the new bridge’s budget is estimated at about $200,000, according to Espaniola. Meanwhile, she said, the park’s engineer has been working to line up a contractor to fabricate and install a new bridge. “We anticipate that the contractor will start building the bridge in October and we aim for it to be completed by the end of the calendar year.” During this time, the only access to the settlement has been by plane for workers and visitors alike. The famed Molokai mule rides have not been able to operate, though the company still offers bus tours of Kalaupapa. The project is a replacement that will be similar to the former bridge, which had been 65 feet long and built from high-grade aluminum. That structure had been built following another mudslide that wiped out the previous bridge in the same location in April of 2010. Espaniola said the engineers have told them it’s simply not possible to build a bridge that can withstand a large landslide, but “it’s not uncommon to see rocks on it” that fall frequently from the cliffside above it. She acknowledged the difficultly of the location but said it’s just part of the job. “Access is already so limited into the park so as challenging as it is, it was never a discussion that [rebuilding the bridge] is not going to be done,” she said. Though park staff has encountered a number of challenges along the way in the bridge planning and rebuilding effort, Espaniola said the trail is slated to reopen by the end of this year.

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Easy walk with beautiful views at lookout

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Easy walk, slight incline, and since the trail to Kaluapapa was closed this was the best view of the coast. The rock was aptly named.

Susanne Rector reviewed Phallic Rock and Kaulaupapa Lookout
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First to Review

Easy walk to incredible views overlooking Kaulupapa peninsula

Bengt Ivarsson reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Closed because of landslide for about two months ... no apparent hurry to fix trail. Land owned by RW Meyer, a former Molokai sugar cane producer. Tour operators impacted. Trail only way to access Kalaupapa peninsula unless you fly or boat in. No roads available because of topographic obstacles in setting high cliffs.

Chris Meyer reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Incredible sea cliffs and view. Make sure you take your time. It was a bit hard on my knees with all of the steps but some ice and Advil sorted it with some rest.

Meanderer Windblows reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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I think the hike down was hard on the knees (2hrs photos and slow pace)and preferred the hike back up even if it was more tiring (1.5 hrs slow and steady with no breaks). the 26 switch backs are not gradual decline /inclines. know your abilities. great views and better for photo ops to hike but be in shape or ready for a good workout.

Julie Tolleson reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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At first glance, I was surprised at the rating (hard). 1800 vertical and a 6.4 mile roundtrip sounded more in the moderate range. But by the time we went down and back up, I was thoroughly challenged. It was gratifying and worth it though. It was muddy, as I suspect is often the case. I actually wore some old sneakers and tossed them after the hike! But anyone in average to above fitness can do it. I was glad to have packed an extra (dry!) shirt. Between tropical humidity and moisture drifting in from the ocean in the last mile, I think you should probable come to this trail assuming muddy conditions. And then we had a cloudburst. In our early 50s and I’m a below knee amputee so it took us about 1:45 down and 2:15 up.

Stephanie Dooley reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Amazing. Not technically difficult, but the steps are a killer back up.

Michael Linley reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Great hike with breathtaking views and history. Can be slick in certain spots. Recommend trail running shoes. Hiking boots would likely be overkill as the path is generally well maintained and has a lot of cinder block steps.

Michael L. reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Nice hike, fantastic views and fascinating history. Must have permit. 60’s couple hiked in and out 2 hours each way. Only 6 hikers on trail. Great day.activity on Molokai.

AllTrails User reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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The view is great. It’s indeed muddy and slippery. Trekking poles are highly recommended if you want to save your knees and ankles for the future. We both ware hiking sandals with good soles (Keen’s), and I’m glad that I didn’t bring my heavy leather boots because it’s no need. It’s not a hard hike and it’s very manageable. We did it in late December and the trail is completely shaded, which was great.

Soren R. reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Requires permits, and so worth it. This place has amazing history, and the trail itself is gorgeous; saw goats, axis deer, and wild pigs.

Christine Wilson reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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The distance from the trailhead to the Kalaupapa settlement is approx 3 miles each way. It took me 1.5 hours on the way down, and 1 hour on the way up. The trail has been improved recently and I thought it was pretty easy—gentle switchbacks and stairs. The only way to see the settlement is through Damien Tours. Your tour admission covers the cost of the required hiking permit. You will never actually get the physical permit, and no one will ever ask you for one despite multiple signs threatening a $500 fine. Damien will pick you up at the end of the hike at exactly 10 am to begin the tour. The tour is 4.5 hours long, and must be paid for in cash ($60). My guide was excellent and I thought it was well worth the money and time.

Steve Warner reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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You have to book this through Damien Tours to do this hike. $80 gets you the permit to hike and includes the tour through Kalawao County (the preserved colony). Really beautiful coastal hike through a series of switchbacks along the northern coast of Molokai. The trail ends at a secluded beach giving you a great perspective of Molokai's massive sea cliffs (largest in the world!) and the northern coast. Has a similar feel to some of the Kalalau Trail in Kauai. Definitely worth the entry fee in my opinion! For more on my adventure here, check out my blog post! https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/06/14/Kalaupapa-Trail---Molokai

Rebecca Peterson reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Horseback riding

The mule tour is fantastic! We could not have managed that hike on our own. The views are breathtaking.

Annette Kord reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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hikes in and out for a Damian tour. Down wasnt to bad and we were able to stay ahead of the mules. going back up at the end of the day was a different story. tip stay ahead of the mules! the scenery is spectacular.

John B. Ramos reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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I know folks that work down in Kalaupapa so was able to tour on vehicle and stayed at their homes during the day.

Lingie C. reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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Awesome day hiking to the historical Kalaupapa and visiting the beautiful homeland of 9 remaining patients formerly affected by Hansen's disease.

Logan Jenott reviewed Molokai: Kalaupapa Trail
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First to Review

A world-class jaunt down the tallest sea cliffs on earth.

Takara Dingley reviewed Phallic Rock and Kaulaupapa Lookout
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Rob Burchfield reviewed Phallic Rock and Kaulaupapa Lookout
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Hannah Indi Jones reviewed Phallic Rock and Kaulaupapa Lookout
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