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.)
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