Kalalau Trail

23 Oct

After much research, Kalalau trail was at the top of my list of trails to hike while we were on Kauai.  It offered a great physical challenge, lots of adventure, and plenty of beautiful views.  Round trip the hike is 22 miles and would require us to pack in food and equipment, and would take at least 2 days to complete.  Sounds amazing right?!?!  But with only 6 days to explore the island we knew we would have to plan that experience for another trip.  Ugh, I guess we are gonna have to go back to Kaui! 😉 

We decided instead to hike the first 2 miles in to Hanakapiai Beach and back.  It was an amazing experience, and definitely motivated our desire to complete the whole thing.

It took about 20-25 minutes to reach the trail head from our B&B.  Parking was tricky, but we finally found a good spot.  We started a little later in the day than we had planned, around 1115, but it worked out great.  There were definitely lots of people hiking, but it wasn’t overly crowded.  There were even times when it felt like we were the only two on the trail.

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The trail was well tread and meandered on for two miles.

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I was astounded when we caught our first glimpse of the Na Pali coast.

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The views were jaw dropping the whole way.

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 Hanakapiai Beach finally came into view.

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We knew we were really close when we saw this sign.

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(Paradise sure can be dangerous)

We eventually came to Hanakapiai stream….

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….where we boulder hopped….

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….all the way down to….

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….Hanakapiai Beach.

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We stopped for some rest and a snack, and made a new friend before heading back.

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Kalalau trail is definitely on my top 5 list of favorite hikes.  If you are ever on the island I recommend checking it out.  Even if you only walked a mile or so in you wouldn’t be disappointed.

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