Kalalau Trail CLOSED
March 2019 Update: Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park (including the Kalalau Trail) on Kauai are still closed due to flood damage as well as the highway and bridges which access the parks. This includes the first two miles of the trail. The whole trail is inaccessible & closed for hikers and/or kayakers. Repairs to the damaged roads and trail are in process and expected to last into mid-2019 or longer.
Permits are currently not for sale. If you have permits, refunds are available through the parks department.
Additional Information will be posted when we know more.
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.
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.
Kalalau Trail Camping
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. Visit our Trail Information page to view a map of the trail to help plan your trip.
Kalalau Trail Website
Crawler's Ledge is one of the most feared parts of the Kalalau Trail. I imagine it has kept many would-be hikers away over the years. I have a slight fear of heights myself but honestly have never found Crawler's Ledge hard to cross. I think the reasons that it isn't hard to cross are:
It seems every time that I camp somewhere I decide that there was something that I should have done different to make my trip a little better. I'm sure this happens to most people. That's why we get to be better and better campers with each trip as our experience widens.
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