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.

It’s closed for now according to locals

Beautiful hike but can be very challenging if conditions are poor. Take lots of water!

Incredible hike! Wish we had brought backpacking gear to do the whole thing! Not a lot of elevation gain though so it was easy to do about a 10km stretch (20km total) in one day. Start really early so you can have the trail to yourself and enjoy sunrise! It gets extremely crowded later on

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing views, well maintained trail. Gets 4 stars instead of 5 because this is the portion of the Na Pali Coast that has a lot more foot traffic. If we had more time, my wife and I would have done the entire 11mi coast and camped out at the end. Since there are handfuls of people who only go out to the first beach and back, you're bound to get caught up in a couple of spots behind slower hikers or have faster ones get caught up behind you. Overall, well worth it!

hiking
10 days ago

Mountain apples, jackfruit, Passion flowers, avocados, bamboo groves, kittens, and some of the most colorful coast and forest on the way to an amazing waterfall and cold swimming hole. It was a great June day.

Great trail, it’s particularly harder when it’s raining and wet. I’d suggest a hiking stick if you don’t have one grab one before you start. Keep an eye out for weird feral cats on the first beach and the occasional friendly rat.

Spectacular

One of the most incredible sites to see

Scenic trail. Well maintained. Brought our 7 month old along without a problem. River was too high to cross, but saw the whole beach from other side of river no problem.

Great mixture of challenging but quick. Watering hole at the end is a must!

Great scenery right from the start, which improves the further you get into the hike. Unclear why AllTrails lists it as 9 miles each way - definitely marked as 11 and certainly felt like 11. Either the markers or the app is incorrect.

Regardless, the last four cliffside miles are fairly safe in the dry but in moderate rain some of the narrow muddy walkways (i.e. not crawlers ledge) around mile 8 felt not just heady but genuinely dangerous. We didn't have trekking poles but really missed them when trying to keep from sliding off a muddy cliff. Many water sources, so use iodine. Also, plan for rain even if not explicitly forecasted.

Started out rather easy, however,trail became a bit tough as we hiked towards the falls. As a firefighter and EMT, I would suggest having a first aid kit and splinting supplies. As well as a way to purify your water , due to risk of running out on the trail. The.first aid kit may come in handy, not for you, but for someone else! I saw this first hand while hiking back from the falls . A hiker had broken her ankle and had to be flown out via Kauai fire & rescue chopper. If you have the resources , a Sat phone would be of great use when an emergency takes place on Napali trail.

Did this hike two days ago. The first part, to Hanakapi'ai beach, is not difficult, though it also had some slightly muddy parts and a creek crossing at the end that wasn't easy.

The hike up to the falls has amazing bamboo groves, lots of mud, some light climbing, rocky ledges that might be uncomfortable when wet and more creek crossings.

Totally worth it - the waterfall is amazing and the pool refreshing (felt freezing at first..). Fortunately we had brought swimwear.

Someone had broken a leg not far from the falls – organizing help was difficult and long-winded: nearest cell phone reception is all the way back to the parking lot and then a few minutes drive. Signaling passing tour helicopters from the beach got some attention, but proper communication is difficult... So better be careful than get injured.
(After several hours an emergency heli came and afaik all is good...)

Incredible!! Only did the first two miles to beach, full of gorgeous views the whole way. You can continue up to a waterfall an additional 1.8 miles from the beach. Any further along the trial and you need a permit to continue. We reached the parking lot at 830 and there was plenty of room in the farther second lot, but this fills up fast and people start parking along the road. Bathrooms at the trailhead and the beach at 2 miles. Several stream crossings but able to stay dry with balancing. Recommend hiking shoes or waterproof hiking sandals with straps, though saw plenty doing it in sneakers. Nice to get out early but also be sure to catch some views post noon on the way back, as the light changes and water turns a beautiful azure blue.

Great trail. I went on a rainy day that caused the bridge to Hanalei and the trail to close. That said, some of the more difficult river crossings I've completed. The view at the end is nothing short of spectacular

A beautiful hike! Able to see the coast line, which is one of the best parts of the island. It was a bit muddy when we went in March, but with careful footing it was not too bad. Would recommend this hike.

We parked at the Ke'e Beach Parking Overflow Lot, walked to the trailhead and followed the Kalalau Trail. We stopped by the beach, had lunch and enjoyed the view. Shortly after we hiked the Hanakapiai Trail, it started to rain, the rain made hiking on the rock more slippery and crossing the stream more scary but we all made it back safely. Just be careful and take the time, you will enjoy this incredible hike too.

Amazing!

My wife and I are fairly fit and I wouldn’t necessarily say this was moderate! Easy first three miles though mile 2-3 was very muddy. The last half mile, however, involved some gentle scrambling up wet and smooth/muddy boulder faces alongside an exposed 25 foot rock cliff, plenty of height to ruin your day. Somebody’s iPhone fell out of their pocket, took a bounce off the ledge and was no more. I’m surprised more injuries aren’t reported on that stretch though I am no expert in those reports. The rest wasn’t too bad and took us 4 hours. Like others have said, the rain is probably what makes all the difference in difficulty. The falls and pool were incredible and worth twice the trip. Had high quality hiking shoes but for the scary parts - wet rock - it’s too steep for a hiking stick (need both hands) and will plan on buying tabi/gumi shoes since it was still slippery with hikers on (but far better than basic running shoes). Enjoy the trip and take your time!

One of the best hikes I have been on. Most of the reviews and you tube videos are pretty misleading about the dangers. Crawlers ledge is not a big deal. At no point did I feel like I was in much danger. Yeah if you fall it would be bad but honestly by the time you get there (mile 7, 8 or 9 not sure) you have pretty well been tested. Just keep your eyes on the trail as you go and stop walking if you want to look around. The river crossings were not a big deal either. I know that can change but just do what the signs say. If it’s really muddy and fast looking don’t cross. If the river is moving rocks (you would hear) don’t cross. I feel like people make a big deal about that stuff more to seem extreme or daring than to warn people. No body wants to see anyone get hurt. Be smart but don’t let the dangers stop you from going. It is an extremely rewarding experience. It would be even more so if you were scared of those things and did it anyway. The thing that surprised me about the hike was how hard it was. I have done some 20 to 25 mile days before so we thought about doing it in one day but decided we wanted to camp at the beach. Good thing to because by the time we got there we were ready to call it. I don’t know if it was the humidity or the constant up and down but it was a hard 11 miles. I saw some people recommended staying at the camp at six miles. If you have 3 or 4 days and your worried about the difficulty that’s probably a good idea. Take two weeks if you need to. It would be worth it.

Spent a leisurely 6 days (Feb 2018) there and back doing all side and waterfall trails. Take your time to enjoy the views. Caught a break with little rain but trail had been closed for several days prior to our start which made for awesome waterfalls but very muddy and slippery conditions

Fantastic views, muddy in wintertime, nur worth it. Long and exhausting because of the high humidity. Crawlers Ledge is not difficult at all.

I’m 45 years old, a Colorado transplant, and in good shape. I enjoyed this hike a LOT and would recommend it to avid to moderate hikers. The comments about rain are legit, it can be very slippery and challenging. This is NOT a “walk in the park”, but I wouldn’t call it hard either. Go slow, bring hiking poles, bring water, and stop at the beach unless you’re a more serious hiker.

My wife and I hiked around 3 miles along the trail before we headed back. The trail is beautiful with plenty of vista points along the way.

Great hike, rained most of the day but path to the beach was great and mostly stone. Didn’t go pay the beach at the 2 mile marker due to rising river and more incoming rain. Be prepared for plenty of mud, would recommend something with a better sole than tennis shoes

Awesome! Big reward when you get to the falls!! Beautiful from the beginning until the end :)

Breathtaking

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail that is accessible but quite muddy in rainy season. Plan ahead and bring lots of water and wear proper shoes. The diversity of the panoramas is fantastic. Enjoy

My 20 week pregnant wife and I did this hike late last week. According to the signs on the trail it is 8 miles total, out and back. Took us about 8 hours in total, but we took our time. It was not raining but it still was incredibly slippery because of the rains days before. We have done a number of hikes, and I would call this trail 'hard' if there is any degree of moisture affecting the ground. I wouldn't attempt it at all if raining... that would be a nightmare. Take more water than you think you need, and apply bug spray before you get started. We waited and regretted it. This is a hike of a lifetime if the conditions are right.

Stunning the entire way!! Did this July of 2016. First: DO NOT let reviews scare you about Crawler’s Ledge! Could be a bit unnerving if you have a true fear of heights I suppose but really exhilarating otherwise. Second: Be sure to allow a few days to explore the valley before heading back! Would be a shame to miss that experience!

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