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Kauai : Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Valley is the real life Eden, carved in the rocky Na Pali coastline. Obviously, the best way to experience it is to hike through that exuberance. The trails are actually rather dangerous, specially during Wintertime. Flash floods happen rather often as the rain does. This turns the way into a stream. Things don't get any better at Hanakapi'ai beach, often drowned in the surf.
The longest route is 11 miles of switchbacks, cliffs and jungle. It does get sketchy. Outstanding views are reserved for the experienced ones. From the trailhead, it is also possible to hike up to Hanakapi'ai Falls, something more doable for the average person (like ourselves).

However, when we got there and found room for parking we faced a rather scary view.


The police was essentially searching for this guy, who pushed a Japanese woman over a cliff (she ended up in CIU, now recovered from that), he was apparently hiding somewhere in the huge valley.

When the policeman arrived his message was clear "I cannot make any decisions to open or close the trail, you guys are able to go… But be aware of the situation". So we decided to check a bit, the amazing landscape that was opening up in front of us.

But we had to see what was hiding behind...

So we took a minitrek, during which I would be scared to death at every single noise in the jungle. Yeah crazy people are far scarier than any animal or nature force.

Jurassic's Park Jungle in pure state. Velociraptors around?

Nope, but a cute huge spider right in your face.

The mountain on one side...

… the sea on the other.

Here is where we turned back. Slighty scared, but happy.


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