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Kalalau Trail, Kauai

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Must see · Hiking Trail · Wildlife Area
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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  • The trail is an amazing experience. Starting at sea level and making its way up the coast, at times, you're over 1800 feet above the ocean with breathtaking views. If you're hiking to Hanakapiai...  more »
  • The Kalalau Trail has to be one of the most beautiful hikes on earth. You’ll see incredible views of the NāPali Coast, ruins from ancient Hawaiians, waterfalls, and if you’re there the right time of.....  more »

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