Kaupo Trail is a 19.3 kilometer out and back trail located near Kula, Maui, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping and is accessible year-round.

19.3 km
1,671 m
Out & Back





no dogs

Directions from Paliku Campground: This trail can be accessed from Halemau'u and Sliding Sands Trails within Haleakala National Park.

6 months ago

Be extremely careful if you decide to do this hike. The park service no longer maintains the trail for the first 7 miles. We went with 7 people and lost the trail in the middle for 6 hours. If you lose the trail for any amount of time, we would recommend back tracking right away. The hike to the crater is the shorter distance and after getting lost, it was sunset when we reached the crater. At that point, we had 10 miles to go. We didn’t make it out of the crater until almost midnight and we were lucky things didn’t go even worse. Please be very careful and if at all possible bring someone who has done this hike before. Pack for all possibilities. It gets very cold after dark and rains a lot. Call the ranger service for up to date information about the trails maintenance before deciding to do this hike.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The first mile or so is extremely overgrown; however, it’s not that hard to follow the “trail.” See pictures I am posting for examples of how overgrown it is. After the first few miles the trail becomes a lot easier to follow. Wear good shoes with ankle support. Trekking poles are helpful for both going up and coming down. Microspikes are not necessary. Bring plenty of water (I drank 3L going up and refilled at Paliku). You will need to treat or filter the water. The weather can change quickly (and you are ascending nearly 6k feet) so be prepared for everything from a hot exposed climb to rainy cold weather. There is nothing really dangerous about the hike in terms of steep drop offs, etc. there are maybe only 2 or 3 places that are even remotely large drop offs but the trail is quite wide there.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

This is quite the adventure. The trail is not very obvious you must be observant of flags along branches. Had so much fun finding clues and tracking through varied wildlife!

Friday, March 02, 2012

Best way is to climb up. Very tough on the knees and feet if descending. Steepest at bottom. After initial ascent through Kaupo Ranch land, trail enters Nat'l Park and travels through some of the last native, virgin forest. Giant Koa and Ohia trees, endangered bird species. Bring plenty of water, none available on trail until the top.

9 days ago

recorded Kaupo Gap

8 months ago

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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