This is Part III of our Kauai 2013 trip recounting our trek across the Na Pali Coast where we tackled what I believe must be one of the 10 Best hiking trails in the world. Seriously. No joke. The infamous Kalalau Trail, located on Kauai’s rugged and remote northwest coast, is simply breathtaking. The beauty afforded by this strenuous 11-mile trek is marvelous, complete with steep switchbacks, river crossings and slippery, exposed cliffs. You literally stop and marvel at each new vista you encounter as you traverse the coastline. The reward after making it the full length of the trail is the fantastic Kalalau Beach, which will be Part IV of this journal.
The first two miles of the Kalalau Trail are well traveled by day-hikers visiting Hanakapi’ai Beach (and falls). Once you push on past the two mile mark the trail becomes significantly less traveled. This small pool sits in the middle of the trail, not far after leaving the throngs behind and venturing ahead.
Hanakoa falls is situated roughly 1/2 mile off of the trial, 6 miles into the hike. It really is worth taking the extra time to fight through the dense vegetation and make it up to the falls. Not many make it up here as the trail isn’t well established and you’re adding mileage to an already tough trek, but the reward is breathtaking!