Those who travel to Hawaii know the drill. There are, of course, all the popular tourist destinations, places where you’re getting the Hawaiian experience without really getting it. Then, there are the real reasons to see Hawaii: the lush jungles, awe-inspiring beaches, active volcanoes, and exotic wildlife – just to name a few.
If you fall into the latter camp of traveler, and you’re the kind of person that doesn’t mind a little adventure while you’re away from home, then you’ve got to check out the Kalalau Trail. It’s located along the Na Pali Coast, and it gives those who traverse it the chance to experience most of what the natural lands of Hawaii have to offer. To be sure, though, you’ll want to make sure you’re physically fit and up for the journey. Parts of the trail are quite treacherous, and a round-trip trek will take you a whopping 22 miles!
Would you like to get a glimpse of what the trail looks like and a feel for why so many travelers make the journey every year? Well, come take a tour of the Kalalau Trail with is in the 18 breathtaking pictures that follow!
1. An Overview
This map gives you a bird’s eye look at the extent of the trail. As you can see, it’s quite long, and it takes you through some steep terrain!
2. A Thin Line
Most of the trail is located up above the shore as a thin line snaking its way along the steep cliffs.
3. Danger! Danger!
Here, you can see one hiker, as she poses next a sign which warns of the treacherousness that awaits those who brave the Kalalau Trail.
4. Not Kidding!
And, that sign isn’t kidding. As you can see here, sure footing is necessary for making your way along much of the Kalalau Trail.