Kalalau Trail, HI
Kauai’s cliff-hugging Kalalau trail is widely considered one of the world’s most beautiful hikes — as well as one of its most dangerous. But don’t be scared off by a bit of vertigo as it’s definitely more beauty than beast. The film-gobbling 22-mile out-and-back, along a stretch of steep jungled cliffs known as the Nepali Coast, is the only way to access the remote Kalalau beach, a long-time hideout for hippies fed up with “The Man.” It certainly feels like utopia with its pristine stretch of sand, rimmed by a 2,000-foot crown of peaks and a refreshing waterfall shooting straight out from the rainforest onto the sand. The hike does require sure feet at times, and heavy rain makes things interesting as mudslides can turn the trail into a river. But a night or two at Kalalau will change you forever.
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