20. Easy hike from Ke'e Beach to Hanakapi'ai Beach - from the beach to the falls is much more strenuous! Bring extra socks (if not tabis) for water crossings and it is safer often to just walk through the water than rock... 3. This special spot is beautiful at sunset. You'd need pretty good shoes for this trail. The trail is doable in tennis shoes, but I would have preferred to have a shoe more fit for hiking. I started off with one of the most accessible easy hikes in Kauai, the Kauai Coastal Path. Permits are required to camp. You'd also have to cross streams (could be dangerous due to flash floods) and it is slippery. This trail provides the only access to this part of the rugged coast. You don't have to be an athlete, but you have to be in decent physical shape. +/- ~5,000 feet of elevation with a starting elevation of ~20 feet and a peak elevation of ~800 feet. Wandern. Lots of people were sliding all over the place, but I was alright. This is a quick, but very steep hike to a stunning viewpoint. !, narrow, heavily traveled ruts in the trails, river crossings) Bring water with you! This is likely where you'll have to park if you arrive anytime after 7am, which is probably when the main, small parking fills up. very fun hike - beautiful views! 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. Again, arrive early and get ready for some calorie burning and cliff hugging action, as well as astounding vistas. NO swimming here. During the summer months the water can be as calm and clear as a swimming pool. Ke'e beach is located at the end of the Kuhio Highway in the Ha'ena State Park. The trek from Ke’e Beach… We only did the first section that lead to the river and then we headed up another trail to see the Hanakapi'ai Falls. Loved the hike, and the beautiful Tropicbirds.At one point there was a slope littered with loose rock that made me nervous. This hike offers amazing views of the Napali coast and is definitely worth the effort. Kauai Adventure Bundle: 4 Epic Audio Driving Tours. One of the highlights our our Kauai trip! If trail is wet, wear trail shoes. You might, on the other hand, have the famous Kalalau Trail on your agenda. Location: Start and end at Kapa’a Beach Park and just follow the pathway around the coast to the north. It begins at Ke’e Beach and leads deep into the Kalalau Valley and along the Nā Pali Coast. The Kalalau Trail is in the Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park which is part of the Hawaii State Parks system. We got stuck in a few ruts that required some burning rubber to get out of...not an easy task when the lot of full to the gills after the hike, and with many people waiting to get in. This Kauai hike consists of a flat footpath which takes you the entire way around the coast from the town of Kapa’a to Pineapple Dump. Getting to the falls requires a two-mile hike on the Kalalau Trail (Hanakapiai Trail) from Ke’e Beach to Hanakapiai Beach, then another two-mile hike on the Hanakapiai Falls Trail from the beach to the falls. We're lucky the wheels didn't fall off on the way out. The first great view is about 1/2mi in. Start early and pick up walking stick at trailhead. Please know the rules of the trail and stop and step aside for uphill hikers, or if you are a single hiker, stop for larger groups. My mom and I shared a 36 oz Yeti (affiliate link) and I could have drunk a lot more! We hiked in December on a warm but not hot day, and we were fine with our backpack of a few granola bars and one 20oz water bottle each. Beautiful views. Photo is only for illustrative purposes. Perfect hike before hitting the beach! Na Pali lookouts. Ke'e Beach is half a mile in, and a short distance more brings you face to face with the KalalauTrailhead. Ke'e Beach-Kalalau Overlook is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Hanalei, Kauai, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. Thank kdwood777 . Getting there: The trail is not at all hard to find. The very end of the road is a bit rough/bumpy, there was a tiny stream of water we had to cross which was fine even in a small rental sedan. In an effort to control crowds at Haena State Park (Ke’e Beach and the Kalalau Trailhead) after the historic flooding of... Take plenty of water with you! Ke'e is my 2nd favorite beach for sheer beauty (Secret Beach is #1). )The hike. Points of Interest & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas. So it’s literally located at the end of the road. The trail will take you from Ke-e Beach to Kalalau Beach, which can only be accessed by foot. The 8-mile round trip trail begins right next to the lifeguard tower on Ke’e Beach, and immediately starts to incline. We did get lost and being lost was not at all pleasant. Beautiful view of Ke’e beach. Conventional wisdom has it that to see the weirdly serrated, emerald cliffs of the … It’s located at the trailhead before even setting foot on the Kalalau Trail. There is no way to pay/reserve on the day you arrive -- it must be done 24 hrs in advance. during your adventure, you’ll wander through beautiful valleys and witness waves crash on coastline formations you didn’t know existed! This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. (muddy! Two of our favorites are Ke’e and Tunnels. We were unaware of the new reservations system and despite arriving very early (7:30 am), we were not allowed in the park. But, as long as you're prepared to take your time and have appropriate shoes and clothing, you can take it as slow as you want (specifically on the way down! The Kalalau Trail is a difficult hike, but also extremely rewarding. For the Hiker: Ke’e Beach and Kalalau Trail in Hawaii Reader's Digest Editors Updated: Apr. There is a stream at Hanakapiai Beach that must be crossed to continue on your journey. From there you can choose to turn back or continue on. (muddy! The famed 11 mile gorgeous and treacherous Kalalau Trail begins at the western end of the beach. Get a lesson in driving a 4WD vehicle, or ride as a passenger if you prefer. The strongest waves neared the top of the beach, but we had at least 30 feet of buffer, or so we thought. Keep in mind this trail very challenging.The Kalalau Trail leads to Hanakapi'ai and Kalalau Beaches. But an evening sunset there is a must do for me in spite of crowds, I usually walk up the beach to the right, at least to the point, for a better view of the Na Pali coast as the sun sets. Ke’e Beach is one of the most visited beaches on Kauai. The warnings: before we left our hotel I asked if there was an address to this place and was told by the activities coordinator that they "are not allowed" to tell me because its too dangerous for the hotel to recommend. If you’re craving a jungle waterfall adventure … The trail continues along the Hankapiai Stream through dense bamboo forests. Like the 40 or so people at the beach, we’d hiked the first two miles of the Kalalau Trail on a brilliant sunny day, watching towering waves crash into the Napali bluffs. * Date of experience: November 2016. Along with Polihale State Park, Ke'e Beach is the safest beach to access for prime Napali views. August 2019. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Does not give a great sunset view. :/Overall, it was a good hike. Do not wait until the morning of your hike to plan your trip. If you had any trouble navigating to this point, I recommend retreating after your first pictures, the way down is much harder, more slippery, and in the midst of the whole crowd heading down, it would be difficult if you had a hard time getting up. This section is the most hiked portion of the trail, leading to beautiful Hanakapiai Beach. It is not very strenuous but there are stretches that can be quite muddy and slippery - in particular in winter. All these is a MUST otherwise you might not enjoy the hike as much. 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