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Do a Google search of the best hikes in the world and 8 out of 10 results will include the Kalalau Trail. And most lists will have it at or near the top. For me, I rank it right up there with The Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming and The Santa Cruz Trek with Laguna 69 in Peru as the best hikes/ overnight treks that I have ever done.
I have hiked the full Kalalau Trail three times now-- once in 2013 and again this past July and August 2020. In 2013-- my first full trek to Kalalau Valley-- I hiked all 11 miles each way and camped two nights at Kalalau Beach. After I returned home, painfully sore and hurting, I said that if I were to hike it again, I would break it up and stop in Hanakoa-- at least on the way in. This past July and August, that's exactly what I did. In fact, I camped in Hanakoa both on the way in and on the way out. I found this itinerary to be much more enjoyable-- especially since I carried two cameras, tripod, filters, tabis, all of our camping gear, and half of our food. :-)
Over the years I have hiked to Hanakapi'ai Falls and Hanakapi'ai Beach numerous times, and decided to include a few photos from these separate day hikes just to round out the collection of images. I find all of these images of Kauai's rugged Na Pali Coast to be full of energy, dynamism, wildness and adventure. If you ever get the chance, I encourage you to reserve your permit and go. Hiking The Kalalau Trail is truly a life changing experience.
I hope you enjoy the images.
A Chance to Rest and Look Through the LeavesDepthBeam Me Up (300 ft. Falls)Feel the ViewMile 7 to 8Red Hill ViewSacred KalalauWhere Rainbows FlyRainbow at KalalauGolden Hour Comes to CloseJust in Time (Showers Before Sunset)11 Miles from PavementNight Fall and Planets RiseMoonbow and Unicorns110 in the MorningKalalau Beach and Pastel SkySunrise Sky and Summer SeasSolo on the KalalauWelcome to a New DimensionKalalau Beach