The Kalalau Trail is a trail along Nā Pali Coast of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii. The trail runs approximately 11 miles (18 km) along the island’s north. The last time I hiked the Kalalau Trail, I took my GPS to record the trail and make a map of it. If you have Google Earth installed, click this link to. One of the best hikes on Kauai, the Kalalau Trail is an mile trek located on the famous NaPali Coast on the Kalalau Trail Elevation Map.

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I do have the original file that I created from the GPS points. Immediately after the gate there is a rock out cropping with amazing views of the coast. Kaoalau might be recommended so you can look at the products and even try them out REI usually has demonstration models sitting out. We woke up, went and got some breakfast thinking a late start would be ok, it is only 11 miles in.

Keep an eye out for weird feral cats on the first beach and the occasional friendly rat. Fantastic views, muddy in wintertime, nur worth it. I also took a movie once while hiking through the ledge—not recommended but not that dangerous either. The upper half of this trail should be hiked only in good weather kallalau avoid dangerous flash kalakau and falling rocks.

The trail continues on to Kalalau Valleya large, flat-bottomed valley almost a mile across.

Trail Information

You immediately begin climbing up and old trail, build with paving stones, but somewhat slippery and crumbling.

Although Hanakapiai Beach is a dangerous swimming spot, most drownings and near-drownings in Hanakapiai occur in the river when people try to cross in water that is too fast and deep and they are swept away by flooding river waters.


It can be harder taril trails of similar length and elevation gain in the mountains, even without the altitude factor. Trali can email it to me: Hanalei has a strong signal, but then you go around some ridges, and the signal drops.

Good thing to because by the time we got there we were ready to call it. Sandwiched between the ocean and the towering cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, the trail is widely featured in guidebooks, on trwil websites, and in blogs.

Unparalleled views, glorious flora and fauna, and unforgettable adventures await you. And although they may be far away when you are looking at them, wave heights vary greatly between sets and getting washed off the rocks is a very common way people get injured or even drown. Make the most of your precious vacation time by being comfortable, safe, dry, and ready for anything that comes your way.

My friend and I did this in a single day, 14 hours total including a 1 hour break at Kalalau beach. Tradewind showers are more frequent during the night and early morning. A Kauai Blog Living and hiking on the island of Kauai. So smart phones are great as GPSes for day-hikes, but not for overnight backpacking—unless you have some sort of solar recharger but I looked into those too and never found a good one.

The cool thing about this trial is that it never stays the same.

Kalalau Trail Map | A Kauai Blog

Of course, if you grew up hiking to Kalalau and back, then it is a nice place to take a break and have a snack just make sure that there are no mountain goats crossing above you, as rock fall from goats can be quite dangerous. A vast array of verdant valleys, waterfalls, sea caves and gorgeous vistas lay ahead of you. Any bookstore should have a book about backpacking, something where you can learn about equipment and planning.

I know that can change but just do what the signs say.


Hiking The Kalalau Trail – Kauai, HI

Permits are required to camp. Kalepa Ridge Trail learn more. Many drownings have occurred here. If you start early in the morning like we did, and have experience hiking technical terrain, you can certainly make the entire hike in one day. If you’re in doubt about your skills or if you just want to enjoy your time with the company of knowledgeable locals, we highly recommend contacting them.

Ttrail and exhausting because of the traail humidity. This can make the water levels rise very quickly and can have much stronger currents. For experienced swimmers knowledgeable in local sea conditions, near-shore waters offer limited opportunities for swimming and body-surfing.

One of the most beautiful and rewarding hikes of my life. During the winter months, you will be rewarded with views of outstanding waves, while in the summer you may see a group of kayakers floating along the current on the calm seas.

Trail Information – Kalalau Trail

Those two could use a good meal. It spans about 1 mile with a small, shallow, single lane path, carved into the steep cliffside about feet above the ocean pounding below. If you are not used to exposing heights and ledges, this can be a nail-biting experience for you. We did get a storm the night before we left that brought rain all night. As well as a way to purify your waterdue to risk of running out on the trail.

We started the hike back to the parking lot leaving kalalau. The places to find flowing water are Hanakapiai Valley 2miles from trailheadHanakoa 4 miles from previousand almost every mile thereafter. Safari Helicopters learn more. In February a woman drowned while trying to cross Hanakapiai stream during a flash flood.