The Kalalau Trail is a trail along the Na Pali Coast of the island of Kauai.
The trail runs approximately 18 km along the north coast of the island from Keʻe Beach to Kalalau Valley. The trail has been called one of the most beautiful and dangerous hikes in the United States. In the fabulous and completely remote Kalalau Valley from time to time live petty criminals and hippies, but they do not hurt anyone and just want to have their peace.
You can walk "for free" to the first beach, Hanakapiai Beach. A day trip that many Hawaii tourists integrate into their vacation. Experienced hikers with appropriate equipment as well as provisions and water, which is tapped in the rivers and waterfalls, can walk the entire trail - out/back of 22 miles - but must plan for one to three overnight stays. There is also the option of spending the night in Hanakoa Valley halfway through the trail. From time to time there are wild boars there. Provisions should therefore be stowed in the trees.
A permit is required for the entire Kalalau Trail because the government wants to know how many hikers are on the trail. Also, there is no cell phone reception there, so missing hikers can be tracked down if necessary. The necessary permit from Hanakapiai Beach can be obtained at the Division of State Parks, 3060 Eiwa Street, Suite306, Lihu'e. Phone 808 274-3444. However, it is easier to get the permit online at www.kalalautrail.com.
The first 2 miles are almost always crowded, a disadvantage that should not deter anyone. If you start early enough, you escape these crowds. After long and heavy rains, the trail is not recommended and also often closed. It should be noted that there are several creek crossings after the first two miles. There are always heavy rains on Kauai's North Shore. If they last only a short time (usually 5-minute showers provide refreshment), the tour is no problem. However, if it rains for a longer period of time, so-called "flush floods" can occur. Small streams then swell within minutes to raging rivers, which make either a long break or even a turn back necessary.
Scenically, the Kalalau Trail passes through an area where a wide variety of Hawaiian plants grow, including a wide variety of palm trees. A treat for any nature lover. The hardships are rewarded with a secluded beach, waterfalls and the sharp-edged cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, majestically perched above the white sand beach.