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Kalalau Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > North Kauai
Length22 mi
Elev. Gain1000 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating10 / 10
Kalalau Trail is considered one of the finest short-hiking-trails in the world. The trail is adjacent to the remote Na Pali Coast and provides the only land access to Kalalau Valley. The Na Pali Coast stretches from Ke'e Beach in the north to Polihale State Park in the west, which is famous for its natural beauty. Many historians believe that the Na Pali Coast was the first area in the Kauai to be settled by the early Hawaiians.

The trail starts at the end of Hwy 56 and after two miles and a couple of hours of hiking, you will reach the Hanakapi'ai Beach. After a stop here, the trail gets steeper and you have to a climb nearly 800 feet in the next two-miles before you enter the Hoolulu Valley. The trail crosses the Hono O Na Pali Natural Area Reserve through the valleys of Hoolulu and Waiahuakua. You have to climb out of the Hoolulu valley and step into Hanakoa Valley, then cross the Hanakoa stream. Before you cross the Hanakoa stream, another long stretch of trek spanning 4 miles on the narrow cliff edge needs to be completed before making a final descent. A few more steps in the valley and you would reach the Kalalau Beach. Explore the valley and its taro fields before winding up your trek at a swimming hole.

Best time to go
May to October

Free permit required if hiking past Hanakapi'ai Beach. Available at Kauai District State Parks office

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
22° 13.222' N
159° 34.96' W

Driving Directions:
You can begin the trail at Ke'e Beach at the end of Hwy- 56. You can park on a smaller lot or at a bigger lot on your right almost 400 meters before reaching Ke'e Beach
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Weather Report for Hanalei, HI
Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Lows 62 to 70. West winds around 10 mph.
Temperature: 72.3° F
Relative Humidity: 86%
Pressure: 29.95"
Dew Point: 68.0° F

Winds from the SSW at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 7:08 AM
Sunset: 5:56 PM
Weather reported from HPK Weather, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA9)
Breezy. Cloudy with showers likely in the morning, then partly sunny with chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs 73 to 82. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 50 to 62. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 69 to 78. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers in the evening, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers after midnight. Lows 53 to 65. Northeast winds 10 to 25 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:16 AM
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