Location: Na Poli Coast State Park, Kauai
Distance: 8 miles RT
Elevation: ? 300 ft
Most spectacular trails are hardest to narrate; flowery phrases are cliché yet fail to depict awesomeness of these men made paths into God’s country. Kalalau trail is such a creature. I only sampled its first 2 mandatory miles, and my Jurassic Park sized expectation was gratefully met.
Sadly, it’s time to branch away from Kalalau trail into the jungle via Hanakapi ai Fall trail Eastward. Compared to this side trail, Kalalau was an 8 lane interstate highway. A mudfest awaited travelers at the onset, followed by the first rock hopping river crossing, just as weary hikers start to wonder about worthiness of this trail, it sneaked a peek of the seductive Hanakapi ai Fall from afar. Bewitched we trudged on to even worse terrain and more river crossing (at least 1/2 dozen times, with 3 significant rock hopping ones).
Returning, we saw pods of humpback frolicked in the Pacific. It was a magical journey.