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Is the Kalalau Trail open today?

One of the most common questions asked is “Is the trail open today?” or “Will the trail re-open by tomorrow?” Trail closures are controlled by the State of Hawaii, Department of

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When the Kalalau Trail is closed

On occasion parts of the Kalalau Trail is closed to visitors. Sometimes this is due to trail maintenance or a planned event like it was last summer for the feral goat and pig hunt. When these planned events happen, the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), Division of State Parks does not issue permits during that time period. This can be disappointing if you were planning a trip for that time period but at least you can find out ahead of time that there are no permits available.

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The Danger of Swollen Streams

There are several stream crossings along the Kalalau Trail. These water crossings can be a great place to take a break, fill water containers and canteens or even cool off by taking a dip. While most of the time the streams are a blessing, they, like most other things, can have their negative side. During or following a big storm, these streams can swell up and become raging rivers. They aren’t the harmless oasises that they usually are, but rather they become dangerous, sucking torrents of water that can injure or imperil hikers.

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America’s 10 Most Dangerous Hikes

The Kalalau Trail made Backpacker Magazines list of the 10 Most Dangerous Hikes in America. They point out the dangerous cliffs, footing and wet weather. The Kalalau Trail ranks a 6 on the Danger Scale.