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Kalalau Hiking Tips

5 Essential Kalalau Hiking Tips

The Kalalau Trail along Na Pali Coast is often wet and muddy so it can be quite slippery. The trail includes numerous up and down climbs of four hundred feet or more as you traverse the coastline, so make sure and prepare well for a strenuous hike.

5 Tips For Hiking the Kalalau Trail

  1. Avoid this hike during times of heavy rain as the Hanakapiai River is subject to flash flooding and the trail conditions will be too difficult.
  2. Be prepared for the strong sun. Wear sunscreen, a good hat, and drink lots of water to avoid dehydration.
  3. Wear sturdy footwear. Exposed roots and rocks along the trail can be difficult to navigate. Shoes with ankle support are recommended.
  4. There is no potable water along the trail. All stream water must be boiled or treated before drinking.
  5. Camping is allowed, but you will need a state permit from the DLNR. Because of the popularity of Na Pali, permits run out fast so get yours well in advance (we recommend at least 1 year ahead of time).