Hiking the Kalalau Trail on Kauai's Napali Coast

This March I met Darcy Ottey on the island of Kauai to hike the famous Kalalau trail on the island's rugged Napali coast. A pleasant hike, amazing scenery, cool wildlife, warm water, and excellent company made for an amazing trip.

 Waves role in on Kalalau Beach, reached by an 11 mile trail.

Waves role in on Kalalau Beach, reached by an 11 mile trail.

 Stunning views highlight much of the Kalalau trail on Kauai’s Napali Coast.

Stunning views highlight much of the Kalalau trail on Kauai’s Napali Coast.

 Another ocean view from the trail.

Another ocean view from the trail.

 The trail crosses several lovely streams cloaked in tropical forests including this one were we made our dinner and breakfast at our first camp during the hike in.

The trail crosses several lovely streams cloaked in tropical forests including this one were we made our dinner and breakfast at our first camp during the hike in.

 A craggy peak juts out of the forest above the warm waters of another one of the streams along the Kalalau trail.

A craggy peak juts out of the forest above the warm waters of another one of the streams along the Kalalau trail.

The Kalalau trail is known for being a bit treacherous in parts. We found it far milder than expected given all the hype. However attention to where you step is definitely required in places such as here where the trail winds through a particularly precipitous cliffy area.

 Hikers on the Kalalau trail, dwarfed by the cliffs and ocean beyond.

Hikers on the Kalalau trail, dwarfed by the cliffs and ocean beyond.

 Sign along the trail into Kalalau beach.

Sign along the trail into Kalalau beach.

 On the final decent to Kalalau beach.

On the final decent to Kalalau beach.

 Sunset on Kalalau beach.

Sunset on Kalalau beach.

 An endangered Hawaiian monk seal hauled out of the ocean for an afternoon. Kalalau Beach, Kauai.

An endangered Hawaiian monk seal hauled out of the ocean for an afternoon. Kalalau Beach, Kauai.

 Hawaiian monk seal returning to the ocean as the sun begins to set.

Hawaiian monk seal returning to the ocean as the sun begins to set.

 Evening light on the peaks and coastline. Napali Coast, Kauai

Evening light on the peaks and coastline. Napali Coast, Kauai

 Darcy Ottey taking in the evening light from an ocean side perch.

Darcy Ottey taking in the evening light from an ocean side perch.

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David Moskowitz

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