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Hiking and traveling in the back country of Kauai is dangerous. Hiking and Backpacking in the Alakai Swamp and on Mount Waialeale involves exposure to unique enviornmental risks for which even experienced outdoors enthusiasts may be unprepared. The weather can change in an instant. Stream beds and stream crossings can be deadly during high water and all streams are susceptible to flash flooding. There are many exposed places where a loss of footing or a mistep will lead to certain death. Be prepared for your journey and be sure to check the current weather before heading into the Alakai. Hiking can confront an individual with various levels of risk, ranging from bad weather, wild animals, dangerous terrain and, most of all, poor human judgement. You should always prepare for the unexpected when hiking. Plan for your hike as you would have done without using the information on this web site. It is your responsibility to verify all information prior to undertaking a hike.

The information contained on this web site is not to be considered an official guide but is being made available so that you may have an idea of what we have encountered on these hikes. The author shall not be held liable for accidents, rescues, injuries or loss of life should you undertake any of the hikes after visiting this web site. Hiking and associated trail activities are dangerous and can result in injury and/or death. Risks are mitigated, but NOT eliminated by training or skill. It is your responsibility to determine whether you have the skills and experience demanded by a particular trail or route.

We assume no responsibility, including but not limited to injury or loss due to the use or misuse of information, or participating in activities found on this site. Hiking and Backpacking are inherently dangerous activities. No web site can adequately prepare you for the challenges of hiking in the Alakai Swamp and on Mount Waialeale. Skills and knowledge, gained through first-hand experience, of how to conduct yourself safely in the backcountry are essential. Should you choose to hike or backpack in the Alakai Swamp and on Mount Waialeale, be prepared to assume the risks inherent in such activity.

Some areas of Kauai are Wilderness Preserves or private property. It is your responsibility to obtain the necessary permits before backpacking or camping in the Alakai Swamp and on Mount Waialeale.

We make no representation as to the safety of any trail or route described on Waialeale Basecamp. Should you identify inaccuracies in the information published on this site, please notify us immediately so corrections can be made.

We assume no responsibility for information published on Waialeale Basecamp that is contributed by site visitors. Such contributions include, but are not limited to, trail descriptions, trip reports, bulletin board messages, and reports of water availability.

Hiking is a personal choice and requires personal responsibility. If you end up dead or injured, it is solely your responsibility. If you are not willing to accept such responsibility then stay home. home top email us!