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The Most Dangerous Hike in Hawaii

The Kalalau Trail

The Kalalau Trail has earned a reputation as the most dangerous hike in Hawaii and one of the most menacing hikes on the planet; it is also one of the most stunning.  In the past several years there have been numerous accounts of hikers becoming stuck and even killed on the trail. Before anyone embarks on the Kalalau Trail they should be well aware of potentially dangerous obstacles and follow the rules defined by the State of Hawaii.

An Overview

The Kalalau trail provides the only land access to the outer most part of the Na Pali Coast, offering other worldly views that are truly awe-inspiring, but only to the hikers that can brave this rigorous trek. Kauai is one of the slipperiest, wettest places in the United States. When this rainy climate meets towering sea cliffs, rocky paths, falling rocks it makes for an eventful adventure. This is a hike for experienced hikers that know when to turn back. At times, the trail must close unexpectedly because it’s simply too dangerous for visitors. The hike’s numerous valleys flash flooding is common, is especially in Box Canyon. The Kalalau trail is approximately 22 miles, most hikers need at least two days to complete the hike in-and-out. Camping is only allowed in Hanakoa Valley and Kalalau Beach, permits are mandatory.

The Kalalau Trail is certainly not a hike for the weak of heart or timid but if you are an experienced hiker you should be able to complete it. Prepare in advance. Remember that there is no fresh drinking water on the trail; you must pack-out all of your belongings; and do not hike without a permit. It is also wise to bring proper hiking equipment, including trekking poles. If you prepare in advanced you should have an experience that is unfathomable for words.  Listen to your gut.  Look well to each step. Happy hiking.

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The Wettest Mountain on Planet Earth

Kauai is a small, rainy island resting at the top of Hawaii’s island chain. It is the oldest of the Hawaiian Islands and it is known for dramatic landscapes, gorgeous plant life, and oxygen-rich air. Kauai’s age has allowed the landmass time to form stunning mountains, making it a great place for climbing, mountaineering, and hiking. This article will specifically highlight Mount Waialeale.

An Ecological Paradise

Mount Waialeale is the second highest mountain on Kauai.  In the Hawaiian language, Waialeale translates to “overflowing water” or “rippling water”. This peak is a great place for a number of adventurous activities but visitors should approach the landmass with caution; it is one of the rainiest summits on earth. Mount Waialeale is home to a number of rare plants, making it a dream destination for botanists and ecologists.

Wettest Mountain on Earth

The summit has a number of trails but they are often difficult to find and even more challenging to hike in wet weather (which is constant). Luckily, travelers can still visit one of the wettest places on Earth with the help of a guided tour or an adventure in a 4-wheel drive off-road vehicle. Typically, this mountain requires a mixture of hiking and driving along with an adventurous, flexible spirit. Before embarking on your trek be sure that you are prepared and willing to adapt to your surroundings. There are number of different guided hikes available to beginners and expert hikers. Still, it is highly encouraged that visitors (regardless of their skill level) tackle this mountain with someone familiar with the terrain.

Ambitious Topography

Mount Waialeale attracts visitors to its tropical, rainy climate and ambitious topography. While reaching the top of Mount Waialeale is a bold challenge and sometimes simply, impossible, the hike is intriguing.  Mount Waialeale is absolutely worth a visit.

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