Situated on the Nā Pali Coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai lies the famous Kalalau Trail. This potentially treacherous trail winds its way along the island’s northern coast from Ke’e Beach through to the Kalalau Valley. The trail forms a part of the Nā Pali Coast State Park, and access to the trail is controlled in an effort to preserve the natural environment. The Kalalau Trail provides the only means of accessing this amazing part of the island by land.
The route from Ke'e Beach through to the end of the trail at the Kalalau Valley covers roughly 11 miles, meaning that hikers will need to cover 22 miles on a return trip. While this can be completed in a single day of hiking, the majority of those who set out on the trail choose to split the hike over two days. Hikers who decide to camp can do so at either the beach at Hanakoa Valley and Kalalau Beach - although permits are required for this.
While the trail can be hiked year round, the weather during the winter months can be less predictable. This could pose a problem, as the trail is already notorious for its hazards - particularly the volatile water levels of the three rivers that require crossing.
While this is one of the most popular hikes in Hawaii, trekkers should proceed with caution. The Kalalau Trail has consistently been labelled as an incredibly dangerous hike.