The Kalalau Trail is an 11-mile trail that leads from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach along the Nāpali Coast of Kauai in Hawaii. This website has information that will help you plan your outing to the secluded Kalalau Beach and/or Kalalau Valley. The trail is in the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park which is part of the Hawaii State Parks Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) system.

The Kalalau Trail provides the only land access to this part of the rugged coast and is therefore very popular. The trail traverses 5 valleys before ending at Kalalau Beach where it is blocked by sheer, fluted pali. The scenery is very beautiful as you hike. 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 Hanakāpīʻai and Kalalau.


Camping is only allowed at Hanakoa or Kalalau and is not allowed anywhere else along the trail or at the trail head. Permits are required to camp. You can hike all the way to Hanakapi’ai and up to Hanakapi’ai Falls as a day hike without a permit (although a reservation is required).  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

This website is primarily designed to provide general Information about the trail and surrounding areas. You can find information on how to obtain PermitsHealth & Safety concerns on the trail and Frequently Asked Questions.

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