Kalaulau Trail

Old Jul 30th, 2003, 11:29 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 46
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Kalaulau Trail

We are going to Kauai in September and thinking about hiking the first 2 miles of the Kalaulau trail. What are the conditions like? Is it muddy? Can we do it in Tevas or are hiking boots required?
Jammie is offline  
Old Jul 30th, 2003, 11:37 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,624
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I think this post is about the same place. Not sure about the spelling...

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...1&tid=34416819
elberko is offline  
Old Jul 30th, 2003, 12:10 PM
  #3  
Iza
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 800
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We hiked the first 2 miles in August of last year and were glad to have hiking shoes (low top, light hiking boots or sturdy "trail" type sneakers). It was muddy and very slippery in places so you need footwear with good traction. It was also quite rocky in other places so you are better off wearing shoes that protect your toes. I saw some people in tevas and even in flip flops and they were definitely not comfortable.

I usually wear my hikers for the flight so there is no packing/weight problem.
Iza is offline  
Old Jul 30th, 2003, 12:12 PM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 46
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Did this a couple of years ago - it was one of the most memorable things I've ever done. Although I saw people struggling along in stupid shoes, in my view, to do it safely hiking boots are a must. I imagine it would be muddy after rain. The terrain is tough going - it may not sound a huge distance but do not underestimate how much it takes out of you. The most important thing of all is to take about 3 times as much water as you think you will need.
ukfiona is offline  
Old Jul 30th, 2003, 12:31 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 13,413
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
It may be muddy if it's rained recently. When we were there last May it was fairly dry with a few slippery spots. I wore sneakers with hiking boot type tread. I thought they were about perfect for me. My husband wore flip flops. He was definitely not struggling and I had to tell him to slow down several times, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people.
Patty is offline  
Old Jul 30th, 2003, 12:36 PM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 337
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Depends on recent rainfall...in May it was pretty dry with a few slick spots like Patty mentioned. Whatever shoe you decide on, just make sure they are broken in and your toes are comfy. Take bandaids just in case...along with plenty of water blah, blah, blah. It's an amazing hike!
bogart is offline  
Old Jul 30th, 2003, 04:07 PM
  #7  
gyppielou
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
definately bring broken in hiking shoes!!! not just for this hike but for the many secluded beaches you may opt to search out, many are a little hike and when muddy....you'll want all the help you can get to reach magical places. Conditions are unpredictable, but your shoes don't need to be. Happy trails!!!
 
Old Jul 30th, 2003, 06:22 PM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 138
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
We did it in Tevas and were glad to be able to dip our feet in the waterfalls and streams along the way. Yes, it gets muddy after rain, but Tevas wash off nicely in the cool pools of rain water.
Bonn is offline  
Old Aug 1st, 2003, 04:32 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,756
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
How hard is this hike...I am a frequent "walker" (fortyish, fatish) but not comfortable with having to do much climbing over boulders etc. Do you wind up at a beach at the two mile point?
Mary2Go is offline  
Old Aug 1st, 2003, 05:42 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 16
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Did the Kalaulau trail 7/8/03. Had visions of hiking the 2 mi to beach and going on 2 mi to falls. Trail was wet & slippery. You need good traction shoes! It took us 1 hr 45 min to do the 2 mi. It was so worth it! The views were incredibly beautiful..the beach was so beautiful! Did not go on to the falls, we would have had a hard time hiking back out 4 miles. We sprayed our shoes with water repellent and the red mud washed off easily.
steviehby is offline  
Old Aug 1st, 2003, 06:37 PM
  #11  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 39
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hi Mary,

I am also in my 40's and walk and exercise, but I am by no means a "hiker". I walked the two miles to the beach in sneakers. It was not so muddy. There were times I was ready to turn back, but my family prodded me on. I'm really glad they did! It was one of the best hikes ever! We thought it too difficult to go to the waterfall, since we had a late start (12:30 pm), but if you leave early you might think about doing it. It took us just under two hours to get to the beach. There were some big boulders to get over once on the trail and on the way to the beach. Just take your time, bring enough water and take breaks to catch your breath. You can relax when you get to the beach. The way back seems easier since you will know what to expect. Let us know how you do.
hobojo is offline  
Old Aug 2nd, 2003, 03:13 PM
  #12  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 1,756
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Thanks for the encouragement! I have visions of myself sliding down the cliffs as my husband and sons roll their eyes!
Mary2Go is offline  
Old Aug 2nd, 2003, 08:07 PM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 921
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Everything I've read says to check on recent rainfall - last couple of days. Also to start early and carry lots of water. September will still be hot. One site I found with some photos: http://www.naturalbornhikers.com

Select Hawaii then Haena State Park. Please post when you return, I want to do this but better half not keen !
pspercy is offline  
Old Aug 3rd, 2003, 08:44 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 270
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Mary2Go, I match your description, but found the hike just fine last year. I started out early, before the path got crowded (yes, it does get crowded), after a morning rain. There were some slick spots, and a few small boulder scrambles, but nothing too daunting. You get to a beach, which involves a fairly steep path down--which means a climb back up--but it was worth it. As others have noted, do not go on to the falls. The going gets rougher after the beach.
crys is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Curf
Travel Tips & Trip Ideas
15
Sep 19th, 2014 04:26 PM
nancyogc
Mexico & Central America
12
Dec 8th, 2009 03:44 PM
jrebubula
Mexico & Central America
12
Nov 14th, 2008 08:56 PM
blackmons
Canada
9
Jun 25th, 2008 09:24 AM
missypie
Mexico & Central America
13
Nov 28th, 2005 08:58 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Manage Preferences Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Your Privacy Choices -