J and I only did the first leg (2 miles each way) of this incredible hike (total 11 miles each way) to Hanakapiai Beach; but if we had more time, we would have loved to do the next stretch (another 2 miles) to the waterfall. Nonetheless, we were plenty wiped out from the trek we did! It was definitely more strenuous than any of the hikes we’ve done in LA (see “Do” for reviews of local hikes) and over the course of our hike, there was sun, clouds, rain, dry path, puddles and river crossings! I can see why people recommend bringing two pairs of shoes (water and regular hiking); though I hiked pretty comfortably in my Keens.
My first piece of advice would be to start at the correct beginning of the trail. The trailhead begins at Ke’e Beach. J led me down a very “wild” path. We both thought that it was the correct trail as we had read reviews about how difficult the Na Pali coast hike could be. However, after things got a little too junglelike (see below), I suggested we turn around. Lo and behold – we found a nicely maintained trail at the start of the beach! (on the Left at the entrance of the beach)
For more information on the Kalalau trail, here are some resources: