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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
Partly sunny with scattered showers. Highs 71 to 81. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Temperature: 63.5° F
Relative Humidity: 72%
Pressure: 29.88"
Dew Point: 54.0° F

Winds from the North at 2.8 mph gusting to 5.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:06 AM
Sunset: 7:04 PM
Weather reported from Koloa Estates, Koloa, HI (KHIKOLOA5)
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 54 to 67. East winds around 10 mph in the evening becoming light, then becoming east around 10 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Highs 73 to 83. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Haze. Lows 57 to 70. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Mostly cloudy with showers likely. Haze. Highs 74 to 84. Southeast winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 4:59 AM
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