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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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