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Hike of the Day: Hawaii's Na Pali Coast

Explore Kauai's lush jungle, cool off in waterfalls, and pick wild mangoes on the Kalalau Trail.



Map contributor Kari Bodnarchuk submitted these photos from the Na Pali Coast into our Post A Trip & Map Editor pages. See more turn-by-turn and map details for this classic hike in Kauai at www.backpacker.com/hikes/51207.




-Kris Wagner, map editor

READERS COMMENTS

Roger
Jan 28, 2010

I just completed my third trip into the Valley this past Christmas. Nate, I have to disagree with you. The people living in the valley add to the total experience of this hike. In fact, there is one person (who will remain nameless) who has spent an incredible amount of time in the past year working on the trail around the 7 mile area. His work has really helped in a very dangerous section of the trail. The trail in that area is in great shape. He is doing what the State of Hawaii has never accomplished in maintaining this great trail.
I have been fortunate to experience many great trails around the world.... and I keep coming back to this one as one of my favorites. I wish I could afford to be one of those lucky folks living in the Valley!

nate
Jan 28, 2010

I must say this is a great hike. However the resident hippies at the end of the trail ruin it. Aside from their shanty town of blue tarps, there is a lord of the flies thing going on.

nate
Jan 28, 2010

I must say this is a great hike. However the resident hippies at the end of the trail ruin it. Aside from their shanty town of blue tarps, there is a lord of the flies thing going on.

Fran & Ted
Jan 28, 2010

Four of us hiked the Kalalau Trail back in 1998 and it was a truly amazing adventure. The Pacific Ocean was absolutely angry that winter, smashing into shoreline... sounded like bombs exploding! Our 1st day in we camped just up from the stream (that goes to the waterfall). The next morning as we continued along the trail we heard this loud crashing noise and it was the ocean charging in over the very spot where we'd slept the night before! Very scary thought that we could have been swept away in the middle of the night. Back on the trail, up and down (seemed more like up most of the time), in and out, views that made you take a pause at their incredible beauty. Near sunset we came upon a lady sitting comfortably on the ground, sarong wrapped around her waist and bare breasted. She didn't appear to notice us as we walked past. Our friends hiked ahead of us (Fran was the slow one) and we continued on into the night with only one headlamp to guide our way. The trail was very well defined until we got to the "red hill". We felt the only way to go was "down" and finally arrived at the stream. To our amazement our friends had left a note under a rock about the best place to cross the stream. We didn't find our friends until the next day, but as we were setting up camp, a very interesting fellow illuminated our campsite with a candle lit container. We fixed a quick meal and shared some with our visitor. Lights out and a much needed nights sleep. With 5 days less food to carry the return trip was much easier and seemed mostly to be "down hill"... what a joy! This was part of a trip of a lifetime. We also "tramped" the Milford Track in New Zealand and the Overland Track in Tasmania.

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