A.K.A. Na Pali Coast, Photo by Wasabi
Na Pali - the Cliffs in Hawaiian - is one of the most beautiful and remote areas on Kaua‘i. The strenuous eleven-mile Kalalau Trail winds along this rugged coastline, providing the only land access to legendary Kalalau Valley. The trail and facilities are rugged; some eroded areas are very narrow over cliffs that are hundreds of feet high.
The Kalalau Trail is currently OPEN for hiking.
Questions? Call the DLNR for more info: (808) 274-3444
Hawaii DLNR Main (info may not be current).
Latest info about campsite closures from DLNR.
Read the latest article from The Garden Island Newspaper about funding for fixing the Kalalau trail.
Things To Bring
- Water filter
- Sun Protection
- First aid
- Appropriate footwear
- Camping gear
The difficulty of this trail and remote location of Kalalau Valley make this a pristine nature experience off the beaten trail. Some say that Na Pali is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
11 mile trail begins at Ke`e Beach and traverses along high cliffs above ocean, ending at Kalalau Valley. Narrow path passes in and out of coastal valleys with steep inclines and declines. Trail conditions may range from muddy puddles to dry, crumbly rock. Eroding cliffs and big surf sometimes take out small sections of trail.
Not Good For
Those that do not have strong endurance and in good physical condition.
Rated a '9' out of '10' in degrees of difficulty by the Sierra Club. Extreme inclines and declines throughout entire 11 miles. Narrow footpaths on high cliffs. Loose rocks underfoot and from eroding cliffs above. Trail is slippery when muddy. Strong sun. Heavy backpacks can cause overexertion. Filter all water. Strong currents and flash flooding can occur at river crossings. Dangerous shorebreak and riptides at Hanakapi`ai and Kalalau.
No water. Composting toilets. Camping by permit only at Hanakapi`ai (2 miles), Hanakoa (6 miles) and Kalalau (11 miles). Day use permit is required when hiking further than the 2 mile valley, Hanakapiai.
11 Miles (one way)
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