This is not a Pacific Northwest hike but still in the Pacific so I thought it should count, right? ;) While on our honeymoon in Kauai we hiked the first two miles of the infamous Kalalau trail. It’s an 11 miles advanced backpacking trail but offers breathtaking views of the Napali Coast for a shorter day hike. It was everything you’d expect from hiking in the tropics: hot, humid and my favorite: smelling of ripe guavas. The trail, lined with pineapple, guava and banana trees winds along cliffs overlooking the ocean and in and out of dense jungle before dropping into Hanakapiai beach. What little elevation we climbed felt tougher due to the sun and humidity so bring ample amounts of water – at least 2 Liters a person. You will drink it all up. And always check the weather first. Rain on Kauai causes flash floods and any water on this trail will make it dangerous to hike.
Overlooking popular Ke’e beach where the trail begins. Overlooking Hanakapiai beach, the destination for our day hike. It’s important to note the beach isn’t for swimming due to deadly riptides.
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Distance Roundtrip: 4 miles
Elevation at Highest Point: 500 ft
Family friendly: No