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The Kalalau Trail comfortably ranks among America's greatest hiking trails--and among its most dangerous. This 11-mile footpath offers the only terrestrial access to the famed Na Pali Coast in Kauai's roadless far northwest, which mean it traverses some gorgeous but crazy-steep sea cliffs (or pali) and slippery gulches. The drop-offs and stream crossings can be treacherous enough in dry conditions: Be extra careful during rainfall. The rewards? Awesome: spectacular views of the almost unreal Na Pali cliffs and the Pacific, multiple waterfalls, lush coastal jungle, and some major wilderness atmosphere.

Keep in mind that, while you can hike the first two miles of the trail between Ha'ena State Park and Hanakapi'ai Beach without a camping permit, one's required if you venture beyond to Kalalau Beach.

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