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Kalalau to Hanakapia'i Beach

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Trail

3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer out and back
66% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,656' 505 m
Descent: -1,655' -505 m
High: 522' 159 m
Low: 40' 12 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 17% (10°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)

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Trail shared by Tammy Goldmann

This trail is 2 miles to Hanakapi'ai Beach. Stunning views begin at 0.25 miles

Tammy Goldmann

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Permit required as of June 2019. Go to gohaena.com for information on parking and shuttle service.

Overview

This is an amazing run with a big bang for the buck. A great way to see amazing views of the Napali Coast with minimal effort. The trail is never difficult to follow but does have uneven footing and requires a major stream crossing.

Description

The trail starts off with a fairly steep climb on rocks which can be slippery when wet. The first view point is back to Kee Beach at 0.25 miles. Views of the Napali coast start at 0.5 miles. The trail levels off a bit with small ups and downs through thick vegetation and over small streams. There are lots of wild orchids along the way, its like being in another world.

The final descent to the beach starts about 1.5 miles. Before reaching the beach you must cross the fast moving Hanakapi'ai Stream. You may be able to bolder hop, but most likely will need to run through the stream which is typically calf deep and deeper in the rain. This stream can be very dangerous to cross when there are heavy rains—do not risk crossing if stream is raging; people have perished and many rescues have occurred here.

Once crossing the steam you'll have reached Hanakapi'ai Beach.

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Kalalau Trail along the Nāpali coast
May 20, 2015 near Princev…, HI
The Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast, Kauai starts off with this incredible view.
Mar 24, 2017 near Princev…, HI
Sunlight cutting through
May 26, 2015 near Princev…, HI
Chasing rainbows.
Apr 14, 2018 near Princev…, HI
Rainbow - a promise of sunshine?
Apr 14, 2018 near Princev…, HI
Enough said...
Aug 3, 2016 near Princev…, HI

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