West Coast Readers' Choice Hikes: Kalalau Trail, HI

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

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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