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Kalalau Trail, Haena

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Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Even the most adventurous hikers find the 18 km (11 mi) Kalalau Trail to be a challenge, a tremendously rewarding one. It has been noted as one of the most dangerous hikes in the United States--be sure to bring hiking poles with you. Average hikers need about two days to complete the trail. Expect steep drop-offs and a path as narrow as one foot. Don't cross streams if the water level is too high, and know that mudslides can be deadly. Plan to bring survival gear; water from the sources along the way must be purified to drink. You'll need to obtain a permit in order to camp at one of two designated sites. Don't let this place's beauty distract you from your own safety. To visit Kalalau Trail and other attractions in Haena, use our Haena online trip itinerary planner.
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  • A must do if you are physically able!! This was our 3rd trip to Kauai but our first time on the trail. I promised myself that I would conquer this 4 mile (round trip) hike the next time we were on...  more »
  • This is not an easy hike for tourists but it's absolutely worth it! Just plan ahead, bring lots of water, food and make sure you have proper shoes and a hat! The trail is rocky, slippery and muddy...  more »
  • Stunning! Make sure you take enough water. Different seasons have diff conditions and the hine can take longer than expected. Beautiful sunsets. Some slipper spots and watch your footing on roots, and transitions. Some nice beach sand to walk on after and give your feet a massage.
  • On a sunny/dry day, this trail/hike is one of my most favorite (and most scenic) hikes in all of the Hawaiian islands. However, when you get to Hanakapaia beach... DO NOT SWIM at this beach. Very dangerous. HEED all the warnings as indicated in many reviews.

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