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
6676 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.

backpacking
1 day ago

One of the world's greatest backpacking trails. Suggest 2 days in and 1 long day out. Bring good footwear. Trails is often muddy and sometimes even washed out. Do not go in times of long periods of rain. Permit required.

5 days ago

hiking
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11 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

Incredible views. Loved hiking up for the views and coming down to the beach. Most stunning tropical landscape I've ever seen. Only got to go about 4 miles in and turned back. If you can, bring trekking poles - it's slippery and hard on bad knees. I will come back here one day to trek the whole thing.

21 days ago

backpacking
21 days ago

Came to Kauai to do this backpacking trip. Planned it for 6 months and geared up for something that EVERY review said was extremely difficult. The only thing extreme is the rugged landscape. The actual hike isn’t difficult, even with the wet and muddy conditions. Having said that, it’s not easy either. One thing for sure...it’s beautiful and something you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Being from Oregon, I’ve actually been on hikes that are more physically demanding than this one. Make sure you bring a comfortable pack! For me, that factor was the most noticeable.
Got to mile 6 after a very late start on the first day. Set up camp and then the rain came, HEAVY, and continued through the night for 12 hours. By 6 am the next day, the stream from the day before turned into a river and was no longer passable, so we were forced to turn around. All the same, it was worth the trek. Put this on your todo list. It’s worth it.

hiking
23 days ago

hiking
24 days ago

Went hiking this trail back and forth in one day. The trail in to Kalalau was 11 miles. We started 6:30 am and came back 5:30 pm.

26 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

One day in one day out. Camped one night. Absolutely gorgeous. Need to cross rivers. Cliff session is at mile 7 but it is not too scary. Life time experience.

1 month ago

We did it

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

An absolute must! We hiked to and from Hanakapi’ai Beach, which is quite rewarding. We saw a few people with flip-flops, which is extremely dangerous. Wear good hiking boots/shoes. It’s very muddy and extremely slippery (especially closer to Hanakapi’ai Beach). There are lots of uneven rocks and you have to cross a small pond at one point. The Nā Pali Coast views along the way are breathtaking! Add this hike to your Kauai priority list! Kudos to those who hike the 22 miles!

hiking
1 month ago

Went all the way to final beach and stayed over night. Incredible isn’t even the word

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

most beautiful trail I've ever hikes. we did 1st 2-3miles ending at the 1st beach right after crossing 1st river. it was safe, just don not hoarse around its still a cliff side hike. This is not the scary part most people put on YouTube and you still get breathtaking views

hiking
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hiking
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