West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: Kalalau Trail, HI

Hike Hawaii's all-world coast to a secluded beach.
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Hike Hawaii's all-world coast to a secluded beach.

Kalalau Trail, HI| The Ruby Crest Trail, Humboldt NF, NV|Thru-hike the John Muir Trail, CA Sugarbowl Loop, Kings Canyon NP |Sentinel Dome, Yosemite NP

Digging your toes into the warm sands of Kalalau Beach is that much sweeter after the 11-mile trek to get there. You’ll ramble through five paradisiacal valleys en route. Spend night one in Hanakoa Valley (mile six) and stroll to 1,400-foot Hanakoa Falls. Hike five miles on day two to Kalalau, a mile-long beach bordered by sheer cliffs.Snack on wild mangoes, shower in waterfalls, and nod off to crashing waves. (Permits: $10/night per person.)


PLAN IT

Driving From Princeville, take Kuhio Hwy. for 10.1 miles west to the trailhead (directly before Kee Beach).

Map and GuideThe Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, by Andrew Doughty ($16, wizardpub.com, includes maps)

Contact (808) 274-3444, hawaii.gov/dlnr

TRIP ID 51207