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The section of trail around Chivalry point - in addition to being very scenic in its own right - offers a remarkable contrast to the closed-in jungle that you hike in back at the start of the Kalalau Trail.
The most exposed part
Brian on exposed section
End of exposed section
The really exposed section of trail is probably only about 200 feet long. After that, the trail sharply rounds a corner and begins a wonderful long section that cuts across red earthy volcanic soil. A lot of trailwork (again, primarily by Bill Summers) has been done to create a safe, wide incut trail through these sections, because they are still somewhat airy and have exposure in spots.
Cloud-wreathed Manono Ridge
Bright and sunny slopes
Traversing grassy slopes
The already-fantastic scenery becomes better and better as the trail continues westward. You are now hiking along the final major section of the trail - the part between Hanakoa Valley and Kalalau Valley. The cliffs above have morphed into the fluted shapes and sharp spikes that are so immortalized in pictures; the vegetation and terrain have transitioned almost entirely into a semi-arid sort of state, meaning there are almost continual views as the trail threads its way across the tops of rounded red cliffs, with waves continuously booming and pounding against the bedrock below.
Nearing Kalalau
Rugged shapes
Fantastic Shapes
Volcanic Slope
Rugged Na Pali Coast
Narrow traversing path
Although this last major stretch of trail is mostly a traverse across sea-facing cliffs, there is a small hanging valley that descends from above every so often. These little valleys hide little enclaves of forest, and it is delightful as the trail ducks into each of these, allowing you to briefly experience a quick microclimate change before coming back out onto the open slopes.
Jenn on airy traverse
Sunny little side-stream
Excellent trailwork
courtesy JInnes
Bunches of Lantana Flowers
More great grading
Shady hanging valley
Shady forest hollow
Stiff climb
Below Kaaalahina Ridge
Steep terrain below
Red slopes
Non-indigenous goats
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