Kalalau Trail (Kauai, Hawaii)

Yesterday I did my highly anticipated hike of the world famous Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii.  It was incredibly beautiful from beginning to end and I had an unforgettable day.  The trail passes through the Na Pali Coast as it heads for Kalalau Beach.  This trail had everything– difficult challenges, amazing views, grand scenery, and an awesome finale.  Although this is usually done as a 2 or 3 day backpacking route, I day hiked it.  Day hiking the Kalalau Trail turned it into the most difficult hike of my life, surpassing both Mount Whitney and Dry Mountain on the difficulty scale.  These are not typical trail miles, but extremely hard miles due to constant ups and downs, very muddy and slippery conditions, and high heat and humidity.  You simply cannot hike fast or you might slip off a cliff and tumble into the ocean if you do this hike in the midst of rainy weather.  Upon returning home, I will work on a trip report for this hike to share here on the site.  The final stats of my hike of the Kalalau Trail were– 264 photos, 278 ounces of water, 23 miles, 17 hours 40 minutes (beginning at 6:20am and finishing at 12:midnight).

Early part of the trail winding into small valleys
Early part of the trail winding into small valleys
Crossing the intimidating Crawlers Ledge
Crossing the intimidating Crawler’s Ledge
A sea arch pictured with the narrow trail passing by sheer cliffs
A sea arch pictured with the narrow trail passing by sheer cliffs
View along the coast in the direction I was hiking
View along the coast in the direction I was hiking
On the Kalalau Trail with the Na Pali Coast in the background
On the Kalalau Trail with the Na Pali Coast in the background
Arriving at Kalalau Beach at the end of the trail
Arriving at Kalalau Beach at the end of the trail