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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This hike is HARD. You need a permit and you need to be prepared. My husband and I did the trail for 5 days, 6 nights. We did it once before so we knew what to expect but it was still intense... more »
Great hike, but getting a permit was tough - had to get up at 6am EST 30 days in advance. Also wish could go past the beach without getting a camping permit. For the hike to the waterfall (another 2..... 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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