The Napali Coast State Park stretches 6,175 acres and 17 miles across Kauai's northwestern shore and is maintained by the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The park's lush landscape is defined by its rugged terrain with high sea cliffs (the na pali) and steep drop-offs that give way to beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean and the Kalalau Valley. The park can be explored by boat, helicopter, or by foot. Hiking is the most popular way to experience the natural beauty of the park. The most renowned hiking trail in the park, the Kalalau Trail, was built in the 1800s and spans from Ha’ena State Park to Kalalau Beach. This is a great hike that stretches 11 miles (22 miles roundtrip) across the park passing through lush valleys, including Hanakoa Valley, stream crossings, and two beaches. The hike takes at least a day to complete through to the end, thus a camping permit is required to do the entire hike or to hike past Hanakapi’ai Valley. Completing the trail in its entirety is only recommended to for experienced hikers. The trail ends at Kalalau Beach where there is a designated camping area for hikers. The portion of the trail stretching from Ha’ena State Park to Hanakapi’ai Beach makes and excellent day hike for those looking to experience a portion of the trail without obtaining a permit. Day hikers can also extend their hike to Hanakapi'ai falls from Hanakapi’ai Beach. Hikers must use extreme caution due to the rugged terrain and often muddy conditions caused by heavy rain in the area and occasional flash flooding. Hiking shoes are will good traction are recommended, especially for those completing the whole trail and make sure to bring plenty of drinking water. If you do not want to hike, there are many local companies that offer boat tours or helicopter tours.

totally worth it! start in the morning , get there early

Is this trail accessible? Has anyone hiked it recently? Thanks!

Every stream valley and every ridge has it's own personality and the more your hike this trail, the better you are getting to know an old friend. Sure you will go through your ups and downs together, but you know that in the end that land will always be there and will always provide you with what you need. Whether that is the abundance of mountain apples at Mile 4, the small campsite surrounded by mango trees after the hot and dry Mile 7, the small stream dotted with elephant ears at Mile 9, or the occasional egg fruit in Kalalau Valley. The 'aina just keeps giving.

With the road closed to get there. How are people getting to this trail?

Favorite hike! Incredible views

Hiked in and out in 2 days. Breathtaking views!

Hardest hike I ever did, but worth it. Had to cross the river three times and climb over four foot rocks along the way.

The best time of my life. We underestimated this hike (September of 2017). We had just did Mt. Whitney and Nevada's high point, boundary peak the month prior. So we figured it will be a relatively easier, strenuous hike. We woke up, went and got some breakfast thinking a late start would be ok, it is only 11 miles in. Got to the trail head at 9 and got to kalalau beach at 430. We stopped a lot to enjoy, sit in the streams, take pictures, and enjoy the views. The heat is what made it tough going in. Mile 6 going in is the best place to get water before mile 10.5. Fill up all your water at the last stream before you cross it to get to the beach. There is plenty of campsites, so do not pick your first walk. I know you will be tired but just walk a few hundred more yards. There is a couple sites elevated right off of the sand, with the best ocean views. Make sure to bring a hammock. After a long hike in, set up Camp, brought some whiskey down to the beach for sunset and while the sun was setting I proposed to my best friend. Could not have planned a better proposal. be sure to stay for 3 nights. Hike in to kalalau valley too. There is guava every where. swimming holes too. We started the hike back to the parking lot leaving kalalau. each at 430 A.m. We wanted to beat the heat, and that we did. We made it back in 5.5 hours. The most perfect place on earth. We cannot wait to go back.

One of the most beautiful trails in the world (not a hyperbole). Stunningly beautiful - the mountains stumble into the ocean. Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy the beach and the waterfall. Imo, this isn't a trail that you rush in and out of; Savor every moment of this remote, rugged landscape. The lush jungle on one side and the blues of the ocean on the other - this is my favorite hike in Hawaii, maybe the world (at least so far!).

Beautiful, paradise hike in 2014 when I hiked to Hanakapi’ai Beach and then on to the Falls! Unbelievable views.

Perfect combination of ocean (Napali Coast) views and stream crossings with an amazingly beautiful waterfall at the end. I was lucky regarding the weather. It took me about 5 hours in and out (including half hour stop to swim by the waterfall and replenish the calories). But I’d have done it faster if it weren’t for my not experienced friend hiking along. She fell on almost every stream crossing and was all bruised up at the end. So be aware that this isn’t a hike for unexperienced hikers or people who aren’t physically fit. There’s a lot of up and down and a little climbing on slippery rocks. It’s a moderate to advanced hike due to, also, the necessary weather knowledge and proper planning. When I was about 30 min to the end I saw a couple heading in with a baby on the carrier (about 6 months old). I hope they made it out safely since it had already begun to rain on top of the mountain and by the waterfall and the risk of flash flood was evident. Pack a lot of water (I finished up my 3 liters). At points, a walking stick might be helpful and cleats would be necessary in case of rain. It’s muddy and very slippery at many parts of the trail. I’d definitely go back!

The trail is wonderful and not very technical at all, but it is long (22 miles) and often very slippery. If you like long beautiful hikes this is the way to go. I would recommend to leave super early so you can make it back before dark. Take a Lifestraw with you to save dragging water with you. At the half way (11mile) mark, before turning around, make sure to dip in the creek - it is magical.

Great hike! One of my lifetime favorites! Beautiful, tropical scenery, clifftop views, gorgeous beach, big waterfall with a swimming hole - amazing! We did the 8 mile round trip hike to the falls and back, and it's tough, especially because the last two miles are two of the hardest, all up and down instead of just down, like most trails on the last two miles. (funny, though, they didn't seem so hard on the way in, when I was fresh!)

Any update on the trail opening? Is there another way to access the trail (kayak or another trail head?) Are there other long hikes on the island that you all like? My gf and I like to hike and booked a trip in August, but it looks like our luck has run thin...

Didn’t resort to crawling but absolutely pegged my adrenaline meter when I hiked this back in 1977

Too bad it’s closed, it seems like that happens to all the best places. We hiked this on our honeymoon

Road after Hanalei is closed till November at least

Road after Hanalei closed till November at least

Road after Hanalei is closed till November at least. This hike is not happening.

Can only get through with permit.

Still closed-locals tell me it’s going to be closed almost a year

I was just there and told it won’t re-open til next season.

Has anyone hiked this trail in the past couple weeks? I’m here now and the road is closed to get there and the construction workers would only let residents through.

has there been any backpackers on this trail?? im trying to camp at Kalalau Beach but the permits are still not available since the beginning of this year. i just want to confirm

I've done this hike 4 times. It's incredible.

Beautiful hike! Steep at several points, especially in the beginning, but SO WORTH it! We walked through the lush jungle, saw pineapple, papaya, guava and palm trees, so many colorful birds, and a dramatic cliff and coast line. The most scenic hike I’ve done so far, was the best part of my trip to Hawaii!

It’s very hard. Very steep. But the views are awesome

Has anyone hiked this trail in the past few weeks and is it still closed?

This is the hike to beat all hikes. The trail itself had so much variation in scenery, it seemed unreal even when doing it. One minute you’re hiking along the Nepali coast whale-watching, the next you’re at a serene beach; then you’re crossing river streams that look straight out of Tennessee. Next thing you know you’re walking through a bamboo forest and rain forest; and last but certainly not least, the falls. Magnificent does not do them justice. You can swim behind them and in the grotto area at the bottom. I agree with the other hikers about this hike being difficult after a big rain -the mud is very slippery. Some parts of the trail were pretty treacherous in wet conditions - one false move and you could plummet down the side of the mountain. There was a stretch where you had to scale a rock wall spiderman-style, not vertically or particularly steep, but a little nerve-wracking in wet conditions. Maybe it was just us but the trail didn’t seem very well marked at times and we managed to get almost two hours lost somewhere near the bamboo forest. But, there is no place I’d rather be lost, so it wasn’t really a big deal. I’m not sure the mileage is correct on All Trails - this hike was more than 6.7 miles - it was 8 according to the sign at the trail head. I’ve seen conflicting mileage for his hike elsewhere too. Regardless, Best. Hike. Ever.

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