It’s known as the garden island. Something must be broken.”. This is one of the most famous hikes in the world and last weekend, we finally got to experience it. I’d figured out what was happening: the permits were so limited, and in such high demand after the parks were closed for a year, that they were simply all taken within seconds of becoming available. This ended up being extremely fortunate, because I saw a red announcement on the page: Napali Coast camping permits are currently available 2 weeks in advance. The Na Pali Coast Trail. "The Only Way to See the Na Pali Coastline... Hanakapi`ai Beach has hazardous ocean conditions and no lifeguard on duty. Stay aware of falling rocks from overhead, Na Pali's coastline is crumbling and fragile; Pack your trash and protect the environment; You'll be hiking along a cliff, don\t use your phone or camera while walking. One misstep, or muddy slip, will send you cascading hundreds of feet to a sure death on the rocks and waves below. The trail-head officially begins by Ke’e lagoon, in Ha’ena State Park (not to be confused with Ha’ena COUNTY Park, which is East and a short drive (or even a short walk), and where you used to be able to camp and can now only day park. Today, Na Pali boat tours still offer the easiest way to explore this amazing coast. The only other ways to view the Nā Pali Coast is either by kayak tours, boat tours, or air tours. In under a minute—about 30 to 40 seconds—all of the permits were gone. While there are some incredible hikes near Waimea Canyon, there is also an easy-to-access lookout point which requires only a 2-minute walk from the parking lot. It takes 8 hours to complete the 11-mile hike one way to the destination beach, assuming the weather is good. There is no cell service. With 180-degrees of the electric blue Pacific, majestic ridges and unspoiled beaches, every inch of this tropical trail boasts epic views. The hike begins at Ke'e beach, at the end of the road on Kauai's North shore. But after reading enough trip reports from other hikers urging others to “not make the same mistake we did,” and to “stay at least two nights,” I thought better of it and decided we will stay two nights and make the hike back on day 3. This is a rare occasion where we’re taking a full blown vacation over a sabbatical week—our first vacation since 2016! It’s considered the off season, but it’s great for reliably good weather. On Crawlers Ledge, a rocky path hugs the outer edge of a cliff that provides no more than 18 inches of standing area and as little as 6 inches in a few narrow places. You can hike 8 miles (roundtrip) to a waterfall or 4 miles (roundtrip) to Hanakapi`ai Beach (the beach is only there during summer months – be careful as ocean conditions can be dangerous and there are no lifeguards). The trail can be experienced in pieces and the most popular section of this trail is from Ke`e to Hanakapi`ai, where you will find a lush river valley. Ke’e Reef Lagoon. The trail is a challenging 11- mile, the coastal trail along the Na Pali Coast. The state park was formed to protect the Kalalau Valley. The trail head is clearly marked and so is the trail. Every single one of the spots for the next 14 days was taken. All of the spots were taken. Had I done that, I would have been sorely disappointed to find the dates I wanted already booked. Here's everything you need to know about hiking or backpacking the Kalalau Trail. The Na Pali Coast Kalalau Trail is the very end of the road here on the North Shore of Kauai. Over the months, I’d spent untold hours researching this “bucket list” hike, desperately hoping everything would work out for us to go. Well, the easiest way to visit the Na Pali Coast is to take advantage of the services of a tour that will take you to the location by boat. Bridges are still undergoing nightly reconstruction work as of August, 2019. Zero available. Hāʻena SP now requires advanced reservations for entry except for those with valid camping permits for the Nāpali Coast SWP and Hawaii residents. Curious, I tried to see if I could select a date in the next 14 days. Those who’d completed the trail, and made it to Kalalau Beach, say it was a highlight of their life and something they recall often. Koke'e Mountains (148) 4 mi. Sunday, January 10 2021 Breaking News. Photo: Keven Siegert (used with permission). While these Kauaʻi hikes can be muddy, slippery and strenuous, you will be amply rewarded for your effort with sweeping views of the most dramatic middle sections of the famous 17-mile-long Nāpali Coast – from unique vantage points that can only be accessed from the cliff top ridges of Kōkeʻe State Park. The only other way to access this hidden coastline is by boat. 11 miles of hiking along the Na Pali Coast on the North Shore of the island of Kauai. I started to worry I might not be able to secure a permit, and that these months of dreaming, researching, and preparing had all been for naught. Rugged cliffs rise straight out of the ocean to dramatic heights of over 4,000 feet. Many of which will become apparent as you hike through the jungle on your way through the Na Pali coast. It’s not worth it! We are traveling to Hawaii in September, 2019 during one of my Seventh Week Sabbaticals. In preparing to publish, I figured I should include a link to obtain a Napali Coast Park camping permit as a convenience for those who may come across this post via search. I saw this post on Reddit the other day, and I’m afraid this might be me when I come back. Be smart and don’t cross streams when they are flooded, and you’ll be just fine. People have died on this trail, but it’s typically not from falling off one of the cliffs. The total elevation gain is well over 5,000 feet each way. Beginning at Ke`e Beach and ending at Kalalau Valley, this challenging but rewarding hike, earned the Sierra Club's rating of "9" out of "10" in degree of difficulty. Na Pali Coast Kayaking Photo. The Kalalau Trail is a trail along Nā Pali Coast of the island of Kauai in the state of Hawaii.The trail runs approximately 11 miles (18 km) along the island's north shore from Keʻe Beach to the Kalalau Valley.The trail has been named one of the most beautiful, and dangerous, hikes of the United States. You want to complete this stretch in as dry, and wind-free, conditions as possible. There is an overflow parking lot about 0.25 miles down the road if the first lot is full. Anyone going farther than Hanakapi`ai will need a permit. In April of 2018, Hanalei, Kauai received a record of 50 inches of rain in just 24 hours. It begins at Ke’e Beach and leads deep into the Kalalau Valley and along the Nā Pali Coast. A starry night on Kalalau Beach. The Nā Pali coast itself extends southwest starting at Keʻe Beach extending all the way to Polihale State Park. Na Pali Coast is accessible via a strenuous foot trail that traverses 11 rugged miles from Ke`e Beach to Kalalau Valley. it may have just been the rainiest day in U.S. history, obtain a Napali Coast Park camping permit. “Huh. I think I’ve had just as much fun anticipating as I will experiencing. You can rebook a missed flight, but you only have one life. While the trail is open to the public, most visitors only ever hike the first two miles to Hanakapi’ai Beach. The real danger is flash floods. This means you’ll need to filter water as you go, and while many streams cross your path along the way, there are some stretches of many miles where there is no water source. From there, you immediately start hiking upward, with great views of the beach down below. For me though, Kalalau will be a very rare treat. Or call: To think I was only a few weeks out from running into Mark Zuckerberg. HONOLULU (KHON2) –A 41-year-old Kapa‘a man died Sunday while hiking the Kalalau Trail on the way to Hanakāpī‘ai Beach on the Nāpali Coast. The Na Pali Coast Trail in Haena State Park is one of the most beautiful, difficult, and dangerous hikes in the world. The trail is an amazing experience. Mezmerizing and ominous is the Nā Pali Coast, the northwestern side of Kaua’i where no roads or homes exist. Photo: David S., Hawaii.com member. This 11-mile trek takes hikers into the heart of the Napali Coast, which is only seen by boat, by air, or on this hike. How to obtain a permit to hike the Kalalau Trail along the Napali Coast of Kauai. Na Pali Coast is accessible via a strenuous foot trail that traverses 11 rugged miles from Ke`e Beach to Kalalau Valley. The mosquitoes are pretty bad here though, whereas at the beach they’re mostly nonexistent. The trail ends at the secluded Kalalau Beach, which sits below Kalalau Valley. By far, the best way to view the Na Pali Coast is by Helicopter because most of the areas are inaccessible by land or sea. There are no lifeguards. 16 Other Attractions within 5 miles. The tourist boat departs from Port Allen on the West Side. It begins with a gentle, two mile hike to the spectacular Hanakapiai Falls. I selected my desired location, filled out all of the fields on the form, and instead of using the date picker, I manually typed the future date I wanted in the input box. Kauai has consumed my dreams for months. Reddish orange terrain contrasts with lush green grass and, when there isn’t a spectacular blue sky, the canyon takes on a purplish hue in overcast weather. I started to worry, because I already have a place booked to stay in Kauai. Following some key tips can help make your experience on this coastline safe and fun. The full Kalalau Trail spans 11 miles along the Na Pali Coast and requires permits and overnight camping. Na Pali Coast stretches fifteen miles along the north west coast of Kauai between Ke`e Beach in Haena State Park to Polihale State Park in Mana. The 11-mile trail is graded but almost never level as it crosses above towering sea cliffs and through lush valleys. Zuckerberg invested north of $100 million in a 700-acre plot of land with his own private beach on the north shore of Kauai, so his visiting the Na Pali Coast Trail is not terribly strange. If the size wasn’t dramatic enough, the canyon features a gorgeous rainbow of colors accented by waterfalls. “Wow,” I thought. Hiking: (808) 587-0166. September is an ideal time to visit the Na Pali Coast Trail. If you're hiking to Hanakapiai Falls, don't bother removing your shoes when you're crossing the river the first time by the beach. Zero were available for every one of the next 14 days. Hawaiians relied on canoes to access Na Pali's numerous valleys, nearby Ni`ihau and outlying islands. The Waimea Canyon is over a mile wide and stretches 14 miles in length, but perhaps most impressive are its stunning depths of more than 3,600 feet. A similar foot trail linked earlier Hawaiian settlements along the coastline. This, and its remote location, allow Na Pali to remain one of the most beautiful and pristine coastlines in the world. I guess I better try earlier in the day!”. After being closed for over a year, adventure seekers were more eager than ever to hit the trails. You can hike 8 miles (roundtrip) to a waterfall or 4 miles (roundtrip) to Hanakapi`ai Beach. The next morning, I set my alarm for 4:56 AM. The stretch from Ke`e to Hanakapi`ai is particularly muddy; On the trail, proper footwear is crucial; Prepare to get dirty - anything white, will most likely be stained Kaua`i dirt red by the end of your adventure; Sun protection is a necessity under Hawaii's strong rays; Hydration is critical due to the strenuous trail and humidity – make sure to begin drinking a lot of water at least 2 days ahead of time and bring plenty of water with you. What’s not so easy to reach is the marvelous Kalalau Beach. A week later, I checked the reservation system again—this time, in the morning. State parks Haena, Na Pali Coast, and Polihale were all closed indefinitely to allow for the clearing of landslides and repairing of trails. This is the Kalalau Trail. I chose the island of Kauai for our vacation because it is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The calm surf of the summer months allows for kayaking, while year-round trips are available on sailing catamarans and rigid hull rafts. Sushi Girl Kauai (266) 4 mi $$ - $$$ Japanese. I figured their online system would probably let me book 14 days out starting at midnight Kauai time. Residents of more than 50 years said this was the worst flood they’d ever seen, which makes sense as it may have just been the rainiest day in U.S. history. The nā pali (high cliffs) along the shoreline rise as much as 4,000 feet (1,200 m) above the Pacific Ocean. • Click “Continue” at the bottom of the page. In making the 22-mile round trip to Kalalau Beach and back, hikers must cross a dozen streams. I had planned to publish this post back in July, but something happened right before I hit publish. 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