Trip Planner:   USA  /  Hawaii  /  Kauai  /  Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Trail, Haena

4.8
#1 of 21 in Trails in Kauai
Hiking Trail · Wildlife Area
Create an itinerary including Kalalau Trail
Even the most adventurous hikers find the 18 km (11 mi) Kalalau Trail to be a challenge, a tremendously rewarding one. It has been noted as one of the most dangerous hikes in the United States--be sure to bring hiking poles with you. Average hikers need about two days to complete the trail. Expect steep drop-offs and a path as narrow as one foot. Don't cross streams if the water level is too high, and know that mudslides can be deadly. Plan to bring survival gear; water from the sources along the way must be purified to drink. You'll need to obtain a permit in order to camp at one of two designated sites. Don't let this place's beauty distract you from your own safety. To visit Kalalau Trail and other attractions in Haena, use our Haena online trip itinerary planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!

Kalalau Trail reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 5.0
1,689 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • We had to turn back because I felt death knocking at my door with every step up the precarious path on the edge of a mountain with a steep drop to your certain death. If you have a fear of heights....  more
    We had to turn back because I felt death knocking at my door with every step up the precarious path on the edge of a mountain with a steep drop to your certain death. If you have a fear of heights....  more »
  • We hiked the entirety of the kalalau trail down to kalalau beach. The trail was absolutely gorgeous with the view from every bend being exceeded by the following corner. There are fruiting trees... 
    We hiked the entirety of the kalalau trail down to kalalau beach. The trail was absolutely gorgeous with the view from every bend being exceeded by the following corner. There are fruiting trees...  more »
Google
  • One of my favorite trip moments. The views along the trail were spectacular. Even if you don’t have the strength or energy to hike all the way to the waterfall or even the beach, you will be treated to a ruggedly beautiful coastline. The closest thing I have experienced is along the Pacific Coast Highway in California, another treasured memory for me:)
  • Amazing hike. 2000 ft elevation climb to the waterfall and back is not the easiest. Took around 6 hours. Spend some time at the beach and visit the cave on the south end. Fantastic views!

Plan your trip to Haena

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.