Kauai Activities | Hike Kalalau Trail
Hiking Kalalau Trail is a challenge, but the payoff for this Kauai Activity is gorgeous cliffs and waterfalls.
The Kalalau Trail is a popular spot for hiking, but this Kauai Activity is not an easy hike, so keep that in mind as you plan your visit.
About Hiking Kalalau Trail:
Hiking is a very popular Kauai Thing to Do, and the Kalalau Trail offers a challenging hike and beautiful views. The 11-mile trail is certainly not the Island’s easiest hike, and even hikers in good shape will need an entire day.
Those who do embark on this demanding hike will be rewarded with views of cliffs, waterfalls, and stone-walled terraces. If you hike to the end of the trail, you’ll find yourself on the lovely Kalalau Beach. The trail is graded, but it’s not level, and there are plenty of challenges along the way.
The dangers of Hiking Kalalau Trail were addressed in a video made by the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources. This video is shown to those about to participate in this popular Kauai Activity. Dangers addressed are those faced when crossing the streams, or the threat of dehydration by hikers who fail to bring water.
The first 2 miles of the trail are open to hikers with no permit, and more than 500,000 people enjoy this Kauai Thing to Do each year. Those who want to venture past the first 2 miles must apply for a permit with the Division of State Park.
One of the sections of the trail that will get your heart pumping is Crawler’s Ledge. While this very skinny section may seem a bit intimidating, it is very short and the ground solid. Still, some hikers get in trouble here, so be cautious.
You should also be mindful of any warnings about the trail before you head out. For example, the rivers are usually calm, but when they swell they can become very dangerous for hikers. Even when the water is calm, you should still use caution when crossing.
Enjoy this Kauai Activity, but be aware of the present conditions and of your own skill level in order that your time spent enjoying this Kauai Thing to Do will be safe and fun. If you didn’t bring your own gear, you’ll find everything you need available for rent nearby.
Go hiking on Kalalau Trail during your next visit. This Kauai Activity is sure to be a highlight of your stay.
Free unless you plan to go more than 2 miles in. Then this Kauai Activity requires a permit that is $20 per person per day.