Na Pali Coast – Kalalau Trail – Day 2
01.09.2010 - 01.09.2010 29 °C
Early morning we packed up camp, said goodbye to the huge beetles and ants, and started the trek towards Kalalau Beach (9 miles). Along the way we walked up switch-back trails along the side of mountains to the peak, and then down through the valleys. We were met with views of waterfalls, rainbows, ocean, and beaches. It was easy to get dizzy spells when looking at the beauty that surrounded us. Our packs seem to weigh a ton as we climbed to 800 feet in various weather including the blistering sun, gusting winds, and pouring rains.
We made it to the 6 mile point (Hanakoa Camp) by noon and jumped into the small waterfalls to rinse the sweat and mud off. It was another 5 miles to Kalalau Beach, so we opted out of trekking any further and decided to set up camp for the next two nights. The camp was based at an old coffee bean plantation in the hills. There were still remnants of the original rock walls and coffee trees were still thriving. Trekkers kept rolling in to set up camp for the night. After sharing our highlights and lowlights from the days hike we all sat around a blazing fire until our eyes started getting heavy. We said good-night to all, as it was going to be an early morning and a long day ahead to Kalalau Beach and back.
Total hike today: 4 miles