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Kalalau Trail

Hawaii > Kauai > North Kauai
Summary
Length22 mi
Elev. Gain1000 ft
Difficulty4 / 5
Rating10 / 10
TypeView
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.
Users
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Best time to go
May to October

Cost
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
Frequent showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 56 to 68. Southeast winds up to 10 mph shifting to the west after midnight, then becoming light late in the night. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 74.3° F
Relative Humidity: 96%
Pressure: 29.87"
Dew Point: 73.2° F

Winds from the West at 0.7 mph gusting to 9.4 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.06"
Today: 0.10"

Sunrise: 7:04 AM
Sunset: 6:39 PM
Weather reported from HPK Weather, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA9)
Forecast
Friday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs 72 to 81. Light winds. Gusts up to 20 mph late in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Friday Night
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 57 to 69. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday
Mostly cloudy. Showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 80. Southwest winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Saturday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 57 to 69. East winds 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 2/22/2018 6:53 PM
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