Backpacking the Kalalau Trail

Backpacking the Kalalau Trail

A few friends and I set out to backpack the Kalalau trail. We took three days and two nights on the most memorable backpacking trip I have had so far. The Kalalau trail is both challenging and incredibly beautiful. I have heard some say it is one of the most beautiful areas on earth. Pictured above is another backpacker relaxing on the beach at sunset and a pregnant woman who is a part of a group who periodically lives out on Kalalau beach. 

Backpacking the Kalalau Trail

Because it was raining on our first day hiking in, we saw multiple rainbows as we were trekking along the cliffside. 

Backpacking the Kalalau Trail

Will slogging through the mud

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Backpacking the Kalalau Trail

Ari, Sam and I hanging out in the sunshine. Spending time with friends on such a remote beach is an unforgettable experience

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If I were to do it again, I would have trained a bit more for it and have done a few things differently. Hiking, hills, or stairmaster machines a few times a week for a few months ahead of time would have helped so much. The trail has a deceivingly large amount of elevation gain with constant up and down switchbacks. Trekking poles are also a must as they would have saved my legs and knees from tiring out so much as well as added stability. Most of the trail is very narrow, rocky and unmaintained. I would recommend packing as light as you can and reconsider if you have an immense fear of heights as there are a few miles of trial that are cliffside.

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