10 Trails That Should Be on Every Bucket List - Page 4
4. Kalalau Trail
Photo by Andrew K. Smith
Running this 11-mile trek (or 22 miles round-trip) is the only way to see Hawaii’s Nā Pali Coast on the island of Kauai. This steep, technical trail traverses five lush valleys and crosses the Hono o Na Pali Natural Area Reserve before ending at Kalalau Beach where it’s blocked by sheer, fluted cliffs (pali). You’ll see waterfalls, swift-flowing streams and stone walled terraces on the valley bottoms where native Hawaiians once lived. Narrower parts of the trail are technical and dropoffs are big, so be careful in slick weather. Hiking poles are a must. Bring plenty of water and plan to purify what you get from streams.
Suggested by reader JessDagg.
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