Kalalau Trail to Re-Open
The latest from the DLNR:
The State of Hawaii – Division of State Parks (DSP) anticipates the reopening of Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park to coinside with the opening of Kūhiō Highway currently scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, 2019 . If the opening for Kūhiō Highway is amended, the reopening of both parks will be adjusted to follow suit.
Both Hāʻena State Park and Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park have been closed since April 2018 following severe flooding on the north shore of Kauaʻi. Closure of the parks as well as Kūhiō Highway have enabled DSP to implement new park management strategies per the Hāʻena Master Plan to ensure better protection of our resources, mitigate decades of impacts to Hāʻenaʻs rural community, provide better on-site management and ultimately provide a higher-quality visitor experience.
Changes are often difficult and there may be growing pains as new park management strategies are implemented. During these times, we graciously ask for your patience and understanding as we strive to provide the best experience possible while welcoming back visitors to these culturally and biologically significant parks.
Park visitors should be aware that after the parks reopen, roadwork will continue along Kūhiō Highway, particularly in the Princeville to Hanalei corridor. Expect to encounter significant delays accessing the area due to this work.
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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