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Kauai: Backpack the Kalalau Trail, Snorkel, and Dayhike

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Join me for a week or ten days on Kauai! (You can stay a week, ten days, or longer if you want. I'm staying ten).

Kalalau Backpack: 4 night backpack for advanced backpackers only - Sunday, May 12th through Thursday, May 16th.

Peter Potterfield, in Classic Hikes of the World, rates this backpack a 5 out of 5 in difficulty and a 4 out of 5 in psychological challenge. "The elevation gain on the route is comparable to summit day on Mount Rainier, an honest 5,000 feet of elevation work, exacerbated by tropical heat and an equatorial sun, this exertion can lead to exhaustion and sunstroke." "The trail itself is steep and exposed in places, and during wet weather can become treacherous." "Don't try to cross swollen streams, which can rise quickly to dangerous levels in heavy rain."

Proposed Itinerary:

Saturday, May 11th: Arrive in Lihue. Stay the night at the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel.

Sunday, May 12th through Thursday, May 16th: Kalalau Backpack. I'd like to leave town for the backpack around 9 AM Sunday morning. We'll need to drop off everyone and their packs at the trailhead, and then park our cars at Ha'ena Beach Park (one mile from the trailhead). On Sunday, let's hike the 6 miles to Hanakoa Valley and camp. Monday morning, we can check out the Hanakoa Falls side trip before backpacking the remaining 5 miles to the end of the trail at Kalalau Valley. We'll finish up on Thursday by hiking 11 miles with 5000 feet of climbing on this day. Option to camp again at Hanakoa Valley should you not want to tackle the entire 11 mile hike in one day. Our permits are good for either camp. Stay in lodging (Aston Aloha Beach Hotel) Thursday night through Saturday night.

Friday, May 17th: In the afternoon, snorkeling at Makua Beach. If conditions are too rough, we'll head to the south side of the island and snorkel at Po'ipu Beach. This day is open for other activities as well.

Saturday, May 18th: Nounou Mountain East Side day hike (about 1.75 hour hike) in the morning and hiking in the Alaka'i Swamp area, including the Kawaikoi Stream Trail, in the afternoon.

Sunday, May 19th through Tuesday, May 21st: Waimea Canyon Backpack (2 night backpack). On Sunday, we'll start by checking out some overlooks around Waimea Canyon, and then descend to the camp at the bottom (2200 feet down). Dayhike on Monday in the canyon. Early rise on Tuesday in order to make it back to the airport for the flight home.

RSVP Process: RSVP to the Waiting List and once I speak with you in person or over the phone, I'll move you over to "Yes." Please don't book anything before speaking with me. Thank you.