This amazing hike is one of the best on Kauai. It starts where highway 560 ends at Ke'e Beach and travels along the KalalauTrail to Hanakapi'a Beach. It has beautiful scenery of the Napali Coast and ends at a breathtaking waterfall. Arrive early, parking is limited and the hike will take you most of the day. Remember that sunset seems to come early in Hawai'i. This is rated higher in difficulty because of the distance and elevation change. Be sure to bring some sun protection, there is moderate exposure for the first half of the hike. The Kalalau Trail is well marked and this section has moderate traffic. There are a few steep sections. Sections of the trail in the shade may be slippery, remember that it rains frequently on the North Shore. Be sure to check out the hundreds of rock towers that somebody stacked at Hanakapi'ai Beach. As always, be very careful of the local surf conditions before entering the water. The hike up to Hanakapi'ai Falls heads through a thicker jungle area. It generally isn't hard to follow the trail, but there are some places that it is easy to take a wrong turn. Don't worry about getting lost, you are basically just following the river up a canyon. The falls at the end of the hike are breath taking, be sure to reserve some time to relax, enjoy the view, and eat a well deserved lunch.




Created by: Racer_X_
Distance: 7.7 mi
Ascent: 2,109 ft
Date: 06/29/2012
Duration: 6 hrs 18 min
Descent: 1,970 ft
Tags: KalalauTrai, Napali Coast, Hanakapi'ai Falls
Difficulty: Experienced


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wonderful seascape
Been there in '09...breathtaking! I'll never forget the swim in the falls basin :) Someday we'll hike the complete Kalalau Trail!