Hiking on Kauai any time of year is pretty much the same in terms of temperature. Light shorts and top that can get wet then dry multiple times during the day are the best.The key is to be aware and prepare for the conditions you might encounter. For camping / night long pants and some kind of hoodie are nice.
Also, we're wondering if the stop in Hanakoa is worthwhile, or if it's better to continue on to Kalalua Beach. Hanakoa falls is beautiful but I have always hiked the entire trail in one day because the camping so superior at Kalalau. Yes, the trail is narrow but I have never feared for my life. Don't know how it would compare to the Kalo cultivated in Hanalei.
I am cautious to say it's OK to harvest because this is a public forum and some might take offense.
March can be very rainy or very sunny - hard to call.
I'm planning to hike to Kalalau and camp for a night before returning the next day.
When it rains - and it can rain very hard at times - no shell will keep you dry and comfortable inside.
The best thing is to pack your stuff to keep it dry and go for it. Hi, I am hiking the Kalalau trail in November and plan to do it in one day (both ways)and am very excited.
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Read the latest article from The Garden Island Newspaper about funding for fixing the Kalalau trail.
I've written up some advice about this hike here: The most amazing hike i've done. Watch out during rains or for any sudden change in stream level. Is it possible to make it to Kalalau by nightfall if we start early in the morning? I noticed someone mentioned taking young children - is this advisable?
I live on kauai, and a freind and I did this hike in and out in one day... I've seen many tourist (and locals) get stranded for a few days on the opposite sides of some of the rivers here (DO NOT TRY CROSSING IF YOU AT ALL DOUBT THE CONDITIONS) there have been many fatal accidents on this stretch of coastline. just bring enouph water and make sure you hit it during dry weather. I don't think I can make the entire 11-mile hike however, I would like to see Hanakoa falls. We're not planning to bring kids but the information on "narrow trails at great heights" and loose rocks makes me nervous.
Extreme inclines and declines throughout entire 11 miles. Loose rocks underfoot and from eroding cliffs above. I highly recommend going the entire distance in one day because the camping is MUCH better at Kalalalu.