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Kalalau Trail, Haena

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Even the most adventurous hikers find the 18 km (11 mi) Kalalau Trail to be a challenge, a tremendously rewarding one. It has been noted as one of the most dangerous hikes in the United States--be sure to bring hiking poles with you. Average hikers need about two days to complete the trail. Expect steep drop-offs and a path as narrow as one foot. Don't cross streams if the water level is too high, and know that mudslides can be deadly. Plan to bring survival gear; water from the sources along the way must be purified to drink. You'll need to obtain a permit in order to camp at one of two designated sites. Don't let this place's beauty distract you from your own safety. To visit Kalalau Trail and other attractions in Haena, use our Haena online trip itinerary planner.
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  • We hiked to Hanakapiai Beach on the Kalalau trail. Use the restrooms at the trailhead. Lots of hikers and little privacy ahead on the trail. It's 2 miles from the parking lot on a trail that offers... 
    We hiked to Hanakapiai Beach on the Kalalau trail. Use the restrooms at the trailhead. Lots of hikers and little privacy ahead on the trail. It's 2 miles from the parking lot on a trail that offers...  more »
  • Incredible, but tough. The views are amazing. Be sure and make reservations and bring plenty of water and lunch. It feels like an accomplishment when you finish the hike. Done it twice, look forward.....  more
    Incredible, but tough. The views are amazing. Be sure and make reservations and bring plenty of water and lunch. It feels like an accomplishment when you finish the hike. Done it twice, look forward.....  more »
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  • One of my favorite trip moments. The views along the trail were spectacular. Even if you don’t have the strength or energy to hike all the way to the waterfall or even the beach, you will be treated to a ruggedly beautiful coastline. The closest thing I have experienced is along the Pacific Coast Highway in California, another treasured memory for me:)
  • Amazing hike. 2000 ft elevation climb to the waterfall and back is not the easiest. Took around 6 hours. Spend some time at the beach and visit the cave on the south end. Fantastic views!

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