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Kalalau Trail free

Kilauea, HI | Official website
Kalalau Trail Photo info
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  • Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens, Recreation
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
About these ratings

Many people come to Kauai with high hopes of backpacking through Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast. And many people also end up chickening out once faced with the 11-mile hike through red mud, rocky inclines, and raging streams. Experienced hikers from Yelp.com and IgoUgo.com to TripAdvisor and Virtual Tourist all report the same: If you have the timeand the staminathen make Kalalau Trail one of your must-dos. The north shore scenery is rugged, the paths are challenging, but the overall experience is very rewarding.

Travelers are also flush with useful tips on how to handle the hike. Some of the best advice. First, remember to bring plenty of provisions, especially water. The hike is arduous, the weather is almost always hot and you'll have no other means of securing food and clean water once you've started. Also, wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty, in addition to sturdy hiking boots. And second, beginners should only attempt the first 2 miles to Hanakapi'ai Beach, and even then they should be prepared for a steep climb.

Consider spreading the hike out over two days so that you can fully enjoy the scenery, and don't forget your camera to capture the stunning vistas. You'll need a da hike or camping permit to visit the Na Pali Coast and hike the Kalalau Trail. Day permits are free, but overnight camping costs $20 per person per night for a maximum of five nights. Visit the Hawaii State Park's website for more information on the area.

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