Molokai Hike: Kalaupapa Trail

Molokai became the 4th Hawaiian island which I have visited (I still have not been to Oahu).  One of the reasons I came to Molokai was to carry out a hike of the spectacular Kalaupapa Trail.  The Kalaupapa Trail drops a stunning 1,700 feet in elevation in a little over 3 miles down 25 switchbacks cut into the cliffs.  We had a perfect day for hiking with clear skies and nice weather.  The birds, wildflowers, and mountain goats were all visible along the trail, along with the continuously amazing views.  In my full report, I will explain a little bit more about the original purpose of the trail and the history of the leper colony on the peninsula.  Here are a few teaser images in advance of the upcoming report.

Standing at the beginning of the Kalaupapa Trail
Standing at the beginning of the Kalaupapa Trail
An early viewpoint along the trail of the Kalaupapa Peninsula
An early viewpoint along the trail of the Kalaupapa Peninsula
Charlie joining me for my one and only hike on Molokai
Charlie joining me for my one and only hike on Molokai
25 steep switchbacks descend down to the peninsula
25 steep cliffside switchbacks descend down to the peninsula
A beautiful black sand beach awaits at the bottom of the trail
A beautiful beach awaits at the bottom of the trail