The Kalalau Trail is known throughout the world as a beautiful, vast, remote, difficult, and dangerous.
Stretching 11 miles along the cost of the island of Kauai in Hawaii, the Kalalau Trail takes most hikers two days to make the round trip. Some expert hikers are able to complete the entire trail in just one day.
Listed as one of the most dangerous hikes in the entire world, visitors are asked to acquire permits to camp in the Kalalau Valley at rate of $20 per person per day. Access is controlled in order to maintain conservation.
Rising water levels, narrow trails, heavy rains, mudslides, and falling rocks all contribute to the obvious risk of injury or death along the trail. In fact, in 2012, a woman fell to her death near the beach waterfall.
But for those brave enough to hike the Kalalau Trail, there will be memories made to last a lifetime and stories to tell each night at camp. Not to mention, there are numerous spine-tingling photo opportunities just around the corner.
Despite ample warning, these caution signs don’t seem to deter many hikers from braving the Kalalau Trail.
This steep portion of the trail sits 300 feet above the shoreline. One misstep would mean certain catastrophe for hikers.
It’s always best to pack hiking poles when visiting the Kalalau Trail. The rocky path is as narrow as it is treacherous.