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Thursday
Aug262010

The World -Renowned Kalalau Trail on Kauai Island, Hawaii --Trail info and closure schedule

 

 Na Pali - the Cliffs in Hawaiian - is one of the most beautiful and remote areas on Kaua‘i. The strenuous eleven-mile Kalalau Trail winds along this rugged coastline, providing the only land access to legendary Kalalau Valley. The trail and facilities are rugged; some eroded areas are very narrow over cliffs that are hundreds of feet high.

Commencing at Ke'e Beach , located at the most northern end of Kauai, the Kalalau Trail may be hiked in increments and divided up into shorter hikes for those wishing only a day trip.

Segment One: Ke'e Beach to Hanakapai Beach: approximately 2 miles of rainforest hiking. Please do not swim at Hanakapai Beach! Very treacherous currents carry people away every year. OPEN

Segment Two: Hanakapai Beach to Hanakapai Falls - an additional mile makes this a great day hike when combined with Segment One. Swimming in the waterfall pool is recommended!  OPEN

Segment Three: Ke'e Beach to Hanakoa Campground - Roughly half way to Kalalau Valley, this area is located on a stream covered by an extensive jungle canopy. Permits required to camp here. CLOSED

Segment Four: Ke'e Beach to Kalalau Valley: A long, arduous 12-mile hike through very rough and muddy jungle terrain interspersed by miles of dry, sun-blasted, exposed and sometimes crumbling cliffsides. CLOSED

 

 CAMPING PERMITS

The Kalalau Trail is currently CLOSED for hiking, EXCEPT the trail from Kee Beach to Hanakapai Falls. This 8 mile round trip trek will give you a satisfactory taste of the Kalalau Trail without the hassle of a two day hike, lugging heavy back packs and having to get camping permits.

http://www.hawaiistateparks.org/announcements/index.cfm

Questions? Call the DLNR for more info: (808) 274-3444

The Kalalau Trail will be closed from Sept. 7 to Nov. 7. The state Department of Land and Natural Resources will close Na Pali Coast State Wilderness Park on the North Shore from Hanakapi‘ai to Kalalau Valley for a multi-faceted improvement effort that includes a rockfall mitigation project above the Ho‘ole‘a waterfall and shoreline sea cave areas.

 “This unprecedented closure will provide us the opportunity to address a variety of long-overdue, critical public safety and natural and cultural resource management issues, as we pursue our commitment to improving one of the most popular wilderness camping areas in the world,” said Laura Thielen, DLNR chair.