Kalalau Trail, Princeville Kauai


The 11-mile Kalalau Trail runs along the unbelievably scenic and remote Napali Coast leads from Ke'e Beach to Kalalau Beach. Most visitors, however, just hike the two miles to Hanakapi’ai Beach, which is what we choose to do when we visit. Although it’s only two miles, the steep incline, mud and rocks makes this an advanced hike. I'm continually surprised to see all shapes and sizes on the trail, even a few ladies wearing fancy sandals. Considering I usually don't see most of the people we pass on the trail at the beach or on the way back, I’m thinking many turn around. On a recent trip, Natalie my daughter became an impromptu trail guide with the lessons she learned the day before on the Jungle Valley Adventure at Princeville Ranch (see photo captions). In short: wear good shoes, pay attention to the warning signs about swimming, but most of all enjoy the scenery–you’ll never forget it. Oh, and be sure to end the hike with a dip in the water at Ke’e beach, a great spot for a picnic.