Top 5 favorite hiking trails in the Islands: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Kalalau Trail, Kauai
The Kalalau Trail, along Kauai’s Na Pali Coast is a strenuous 11-mile hike along the northern side of the island, from Kee Beach to Kalalau Valley. Your reward for taking on this tough trail? Panoramic views of the area’s breathtaking coastline— complete with plunging sea cliffs, lush rainforests and valleys. Depending on how far you wish to follow the trail, you may have to plan an overnight trip. Whatever your plans, you’ll begin your hike at the Kee Beach at the end of Highway 560, and follow the Kalalau trail for two miles to Hanakapiai Beach. Hanakapiai is a white sand beach, best visited in summertime as it tends to wash away in winter. The trek to Hanakapiai is a great day hike. To continue on to Kalalau Valley, or to camp, you must obtain a state permit.
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