Kalalau to Hanaleapi ai Fall* (Kauai)

Kalalau Trail (15)

Kalalau Trail, Kauai

Date: 04/08/2015

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.

Ke'e Beach

Ke’e Beach

after a vigorous 1/2 mile - the first glimpse of Na Poli Coast. It only gets better.

after a vigorous 1/2 mile – the first glimpse of Na Poli Coast.

Kalalau Trail (5)

Kalalau Trail (10)

at 2 mile mark, Hanakapi ai Beach appeared as promised

at 2 mile mark, Hanakapi ai Beach appeared as promised

Hanakapi ai Beach (1)

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).

variety of exotic plants is one redeeming feature of Hanakapi ai Fall trail

variety of exotic plants is one redeeming feature of Hanakapi ai Fall trail

Jackfruit tree

Jackfruit tree

Then, we are there!

Then, we are there!

Climbing behind the waterfall was a close thrilling second

2 gentle feral cats ate lunch with us

2 gentle feral cats ate lunch with us or more accurately ate lunch on us

Returning, we saw pods of humpback frolicked in the Pacific. It was a magical journey.

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