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

backpacking

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!

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

On this trail you will hike for a few miles then do some mud bogging, then climb over the rocks and tree roots, then traverse the cliffs, cross the dessert and the river to arrive in paradise. We sat in the river for hours and bathed in the waterfall at the beach. It was awesome. And then you get to do the grueling hike again going out

4 days ago

4 days ago

Hike was 11 miles from trail head to camping spots at beach and another half mile to waterfall. More ups and downs than you can imagine. I would not recommend for people that are afraid of heights. Many beautiful views with steep drop offs. Very windy on my return and the narrow walk on the cliff was an adrenaline rush. Great hike, but would only do it again if I planned on camping and spending some time there. Hope this place remains like this forever.

hiking
8 days ago

backpacking
14 days ago

By far one of the hardest hikes to do in one day. Make sure to rest often between the 6 and 8 mile mark. You will need it.

backpacking
15 days ago

This is by far the best place i have ever been in my life. I have been there around 8 times. This place is full of all walks of life and can be very intense weather permitting. The half way point is not Hanakapi'ai Beach!!!!! The half way point is 6 Miles in at Hanakoa Valley. Which is a great lunch spot. Take at least 4 days out there exploring. Bring 100$ cash.

hiking
15 days ago

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19 days ago

The most beautiful i did. I would die there.

hiking
22 days ago

backpacking
23 days ago

incredible views, amazing hike, but as difficult as expected. worth every step.

24 days ago

do whatever you can to stay a full day at the beach. I recommend a hammock for sleeping. get a permit far in advance. don't overpack. bring water tablets and two water bottles.

But most importantly... DO THIS HIKE

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

backpacking
28 days ago

An amazing but difficult trek! Here is a trip report I wrote up with maps, pictures, and logistics info. https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/kalalau-trail/

hiking
28 days ago

The Kalalau Trail was the most gruelling, physical, emotional and mental challenge I have ever put myself through!!!! 18 kms to the end on day one which took me 11 heart pounding hours! Needless to say the arrival into camp saw some tears. The hike out was thankfully done over two days but still very tough in the glaring sun and 30 degree heat, not to mention the constant inclines and declines. INCREDIBLE... I would definitely hike this again!

hiking
28 days ago

29 days ago

Just did the first two miles and it was beautiful!