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.
Thanksgiving Break 2010, at the last minute my friends and I decided to hike the entire Na Pali Coast and Hanakapi`ai Falls for a total of 26 miles. We hiked 11 miles on the first day and 15 miles on the 2nd day. We passed by some of the most magnificent landscapes I’ve ever witnessed, vivid sunsets, remote waterfalls, and even witnessed fire dancing at the hikes end. Kauai is truly a garden island paradise.