The Kalalau Trail is an 11 mile trail that leads from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach along the Na Pali Coast on the island of Kauai in Hawaii. This website has information and media that will help you plan your outing to the secluded Kalalau Beach and/or Kalalau Valley. The Kalalau Trail is part of the Hawaii State Parks system.
Kalalau Trail Information
This KalalauTrail.com website is primarily designed to provide general Information about the Kalalau Trail and surrounding areas. You can find information on how to obtain Permits, Health & Safety concerns on the trail, Hunting & Fishing information and Frequently Asked Questions.
The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the rugged coast. The trail traverses 5 valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted pali. The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. The trail drops to sea level at the beaches of Hanakapi’ai and Kalalau.
Camping is only allowed at Hanakoa or Kalalau. Camping is not allowed anywhere else along the trail or at the trail head. Permits are required to camp. As of March 1, 2015, You can hike all the way to Hanakapi’ai and up to Hanakapi’ai Falls as a day hike without a permit. Permits are required to hike past Hanakapi’ai even if you don’t plan to camp. The authorized camping areas along the trail do not have tables or drinking water. Composting toilets are available at Hanakapi’ai, Hanakoa, and Kalalau. All camping areas are located on shaded terraces near streams.
Most incredible views on the planet!
It was both the most physically and mentally difficult thing I have ever done. I thought, on many an occasion while hiking in, that the trail would beat me down. Instead I pushed on, fought the temptations to quit, and eventually won the right to view the most breathtaking and beautiful place I have ever seen. The experiences on that trail have continued to be the force that drives me towards great success in my future. Thank you Kalalau. I will never forget.