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Kalalau Trail

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Location
Kapaa,  
HAWAII
From You10377.00 Mi
Local TipsGet there early (8 or 9 am) or be ok with parking in a "less than legal" spot on the side of the road
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-08-30
Created Byspilima
Surfaces
  • Soft
Activities
  • Hiking
Features
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Hills
  • Out And Back
  • Single-Track
  • Technical
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance7-10
Volume of Use
  • Steady
DescriptionThis trail starts from the end of the road on the north shore of Kauai, it is an out and back hike, and there are a number of varied distances to suit most people. The terrain is pretty rugged, it's a little too technical for me to effectively run, so I would categorize this as a hiking trail.... There's definitely some runnable sections and some others that are pretty rugged and it's prudent to walk, whatever your ability. From the trailhead at Ke'e beach ( parking at the beach fills up early, there is a overflow lot .25 miles up the road and locals seem to also leave cars anywhere on the side of the road ) the trail starts with a .25 mile climb to an overlook to the beach, and a more panoramic overlook at the coast at half a mile in. At 2 miles (each way) is a beautiful beach with cliffs and some small caves that makes an enjoyable morning hike. The waterfall is another 2 miles and would make it more of an all-day affair. I've never gone past the beach in two trips here, so if anyone has, please leave a comment on the rest of the trail condition. My understanding is that if you want to go past the falls, you need an overnight permit from the rangers. Bathroom facilities are available at the beach parking area, there are no facilities on the trail - carry in, carry out.

Anyway, pictures are attached, IMO this is a must do if you are on the north side of Kauai, but the terrain might be difficult for anyone young or unsure of their footing. Too give you an idea of the terrain, my 7 year old was able to do the 4 miles to the beach and back, but it took us over 4 hours round trip. It is also not safe to swim at the beach due to the currents. The only negative of the hike was there were a lot of fire ants the last bit of the trail before the beach.
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