Kalalau Trail

The beautiful Kalalau Trail is an 11-mile hike that leads from Ke’e Beach to Kalalau Beach along the cliffs of the famous Na Pali Coast. Na Pali and the Kalalau Valley have scenery so magnificent that their pictures are published worldwide in magazines, calendars and postcards.

Hiking to the #1 rated beach in the world is a long trip, but if you want just a small glimpse of the coastal views and lush jungle, there is a shorter option for you. Day hikers can take a short 2-mile hike to Hanakapi’ai Beach or continue on 2 more miles up the valley to Hanakapi’ai Falls. All in all, whether you are backpacking the Kalalau Trail or only doing a short day-hike, this is one trip you are bound to never forget.

Some backpackers stay one night at Kalalau Beach after an all-day hike before starting their trek back to Ke’e Beach the next morning.

  • Near: Wailua, HI
  • Distance: 22 miles round trip
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 700 ft
  • Hike Time: 2 days
  • Difficulty: 8/10
  • Trail Condition: well maintained trail
  • Permits: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Best Season: All Year
  • GPX Download: >>CLICK HERE<<
  • Dog Friendly: No
  • Kid Friendly: No

Getting to Trail head:

From Wailua – Hwy 56 (north) to Hwy 560 (west) to trail head.

Google Map Link


Trail Detail


Trail Profile


Trail Points Mileage
One way mileage from the Kalalau Trailhead
Ke’e Beach Viewpoint .25 miles
Na Pali Coast Viewpoint .5 miles
Hanakapi’ai Beach 2 mile
Hanakapi’ai Falls 4 miles
Hanakoa Falls 6 miles
Kalalau Beach 11 miles










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