Explore the most popular trails near Kalaupapa with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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Amazing. Not technically difficult, but the steps are a killer back up.

Great hike with breathtaking views and history. Can be slick in certain spots. Recommend trail running shoes. Hiking boots would likely be overkill as the path is generally well maintained and has a lot of cinder block steps.

Nice hike, fantastic views and fascinating history. Must have permit. 60’s couple hiked in and out 2 hours each way. Only 6 hikers on trail. Great day.activity on Molokai.

The view is great. It’s indeed muddy and slippery. Trekking poles are highly recommended if you want to save your knees and ankles for the future. We both ware hiking sandals with good soles (Keen’s), and I’m glad that I didn’t bring my heavy leather boots because it’s no need. It’s not a hard hike and it’s very manageable. We did it in late December and the trail is completely shaded, which was great.

Requires permits, and so worth it. This place has amazing history, and the trail itself is gorgeous; saw goats, axis deer, and wild pigs.

The distance from the trailhead to the Kalaupapa settlement is approx 3 miles each way. It took me 1.5 hours on the way down, and 1 hour on the way up. The trail has been improved recently and I thought it was pretty easy—gentle switchbacks and stairs.

The only way to see the settlement is through Damien Tours. Your tour admission covers the cost of the required hiking permit. You will never actually get the physical permit, and no one will ever ask you for one despite multiple signs threatening a $500 fine. Damien will pick you up at the end of the hike at exactly 10 am to begin the tour. The tour is 4.5 hours long, and must be paid for in cash ($60). My guide was excellent and I thought it was well worth the money and time.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

You have to book this through Damien Tours to do this hike. $80 gets you the permit to hike and includes the tour through Kalawao County (the preserved colony).

Really beautiful coastal hike through a series of switchbacks along the northern coast of Molokai. The trail ends at a secluded beach giving you a great perspective of Molokai's massive sea cliffs (largest in the world!) and the northern coast. Has a similar feel to some of the Kalalau Trail in Kauai. Definitely worth the entry fee in my opinion!

For more on my adventure here, check out my blog post!
https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/06/14/Kalaupapa-Trail---Molokai

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

The mule tour is fantastic! We could not have managed that hike on our own. The views are breathtaking.

Friday, April 14, 2017

hikes in and out for a Damian tour. Down wasnt to bad and we were able to stay ahead of the mules. going back up at the end of the day was a different story. tip stay ahead of the mules! the scenery is spectacular.

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Sunday, April 02, 2017

I know folks that work down in Kalaupapa so was able to tour on vehicle and stayed at their homes during the day.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Awesome day hiking to the historical Kalaupapa and visiting the beautiful homeland of 9 remaining patients formerly affected by Hansen's disease.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

A world-class jaunt down the tallest sea cliffs on earth.

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Saturday, December 12, 2015