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.

19.8 miles
9225 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly




nature trips

sea kayaking

trail running








wild flowers




old growth

over grown


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!

2 days ago

Beautiful scenery, but make sure the weather is cooperating!! In the rain, this trail is very dangerous!! The river has claimed many lives. It is steep and very muddy. The wind can make you lose your footing. The risks are high, but the rewards are great. For the experienced hiker only...

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7 days ago

Best hike of my life!! Camped overnight and loved every second. Challenging, scary, breath taking and unforgettable!! Must be in good shape. Not for the faint of heart!

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Hiked to Kalalau Beach twice, most recently a year ago. Would give this trail section 5 stars except for the crowds.

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23 days ago

Marvelous, strenuous hike. Be very careful with your belongings while camping at Kalalau Beach. My backpack was stolen, leaving me stranded in my underwear with no contact lenses, medicine, food and other personal belongings. Naturally I could not hike back under the circumstances so I was forced to take a costly (and illegal) jet ski ride back to Hanalei Bay. I reported the theft to Kauai police who told me it was the second such incident that week. There is a criminal element that lives near the beach out of sight. Just be careful.

23 days ago

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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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