The Kalalau trail is super crowded and touristy. Lots of kids and folks wearing inappropriate footwear, with no real understanding of trail etiquette. Once you get past the beach where most people stop for the day and then turn around, the trail becomes much less crowded.
Bring snacks, lots of water and give yourself more time than you think to complete the 8 miles roundtrip to the Falls. We met several people along the way who said they were "crunched for time" and couldn't finish the hike to the falls. Such a bummer. You go all that way, why not finish what you started?
Get to the trailhead EARLY. I can't stress this enough. Parking is a bit of a nightmare. We got there right before 9am and parked in the overflow parking lot. Ideally, you'll want to get there by 7:30am to beat the crowds.
Wear trail shoes with good grip, this will help a lot. Prepare for mud and possibly rain. There are several stream crossings along the way that will have you walking through the water and navigating slippery rocks, so get ready for an adventure. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking and the Falls are unreal! Plan to swim, have lunch, take photos and hang out. Enjoy!
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