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), Hawaii 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.

DISTANCE
19.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
9225 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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

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. 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!

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5 days ago

The most amazing views I have ever seen. A little challenging but it wouldn't be fun if it wasn't. A must if you visit Kauai

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22 days ago

Stunning hike and perfect campsite at the end. The first 6 miles are brilliant and then it gets dramatically better from there.

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25 days ago

simply sublime. sunny and 85 made it in 7 hours for several nights on the beach and a truly magnifigant experience amongst the valleys, streams, stars and history of Kaua'i. do not underestimate this trail and it will reward you at ever precipitous turn.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

The Na Pali coast is incredible. We only walked out about a mile or so, but the views keep getting better the further you go. Would love to go back some time and do a serious day hike. Really rugged coast line. This trail is not for everyone, pretty tough even over the short distance we went

1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Make sure you have good shoes and a light pack.

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1 month ago

It was great. My wife's longest hike. She rolled an ankle and scraped a knee but she's a trooper and made it out alive.
Definitely bring plenty of water or a filter. There are bathrooms with TP at the beach after 2 miles. After that, the trail gets more technical and narrow. We only made it 7.5 miles out and back total.

And longer pants are advised due to the shrubs and bug spray.

Cheers! Brendt

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