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Address: Kalalau Trail, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI
Phone Number: +1 808-464-0840
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Journey into the mist

We started on a perfect day a journey deeper into the island. The hike is not for the timid, from the start of the trail round trip it is 8.2 miles. The adventure is worth... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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Pollock Pines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We started on a perfect day a journey deeper into the island. The hike is not for the timid, from the start of the trail round trip it is 8.2 miles. The adventure is worth experience. The pure beauty of the beach you first reach is your half way point. Good time to take a breath an listen to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

If you are going, you need the following: solid tread on your shoes, an early start, water, solid tread on your shoes and more water. While there are 22 miles in total, hike in hike out, without a camping permit you can only go as far as hanakapiai falls, the four mile in four mile out, 8 mile total hike.... More 

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moreno valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Absolutely beautiful water fall. It took us a full ten hours to hike to and back from the falls to the parking area. If it rains the trail is very slippery and has many rocks. You have to cross the river several times to get to the falls.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Fantastic hike to the beach and then up the trail to the waterfall. Was raining pretty hard and streams kept getting higher at each crossing on the way up. Last crossing was going to be wading above the waist with no way to protect camera in the bag. Decided we didn't want to risk death on honeymoon so turned back... More 

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Roseville, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We were not overly impressed by this little waterfall. Sure, it is pretty, but not worthy of a special sidetrip. We didn't expect to see another Niagara, but we hoped for more than we found. It must be more rewarding for the many hikers who work hard for their look-see.

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

I read reviews about wading across the stream-river in waist deep water-- stupid and dangerous! Turn around. Wait 36 hours minimum after heavy rain-- light rains are normal in Kauai ( ask a local). The trail has many flash flood warning signs for a reason. I hiked it with dry feet-- except for the mud!( sept 6). Hike is difficult... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

30 years ago, when we first hiked up to Hanakapi'ai Falls, it was a remote secret. No longer. With guidebooks, signs and Trip Advisor, the word is out. But, this is still one of our favorite hikes. It begins with the first 2 miles of the Kalalau Trail, leaving from Ke'e Beach and climbing up 800 feet before descending to... More 

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Ashburn, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We knew this hike would be tough before we started and it lived up to its reputation. The hike is tough even for someone that is an experienced hiker. There is lots of mud, rock scrambles, steep ledges and slippery rocks to fall on. While it's only about 4 miles from the starting point at Ke'e beach, this hike can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

This is an absolutely beautiful hike! From previous reviews I fully expected this to be a pretty tame hike compared to what I'm used to living in Colorado. I am honestly shocked that many people trying to complete the trail made it- flip flops, canes, older people. This hike is no joke, especially if it's been raining. It's slippery, muddy... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

Yes this is quite a lovely and stunning area, but you should NOT attempt this hike unless you are among the fittest and most experienced hikers! the weather will also dictate if even that group can relatively safely traverse this beautiful but potentially DANGEROUS are! Why risk life and limb when there are so many safe places to visit on... More 

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