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Mount Kaala Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Length 7.1 mi Elevation gain 5,387 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Over grown Rocky Scramble No dogs
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At more than 6 miles and 5k feet of total elevation gain, this is one of the most difficult hikes on Oahu, but it's worth the effort to ascend to the highest point on the island. From certain points there are amazing views of the Waianae Valley, Coastline, and the North Shore.

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Aleksandr Patc
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Jess Dibo
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This trail was a beast! We actually went on august 1st. It was pretty dry with some muddy spots at the upper part. I’m afraid of heights but I was still able to do it and plan on going again. Wear good shoes. The trek down can be brutal on the toes. Beautiful views from the top.

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Erdem Badmazhapov
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Gary Reed
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Robert Solis
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Diana Richnow
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Definitely prepare for about 6 hours of hiking in dry conditions if you are in good hiking shape. Wouldn’t recommend doing this on a rainy day or if it rained recently.

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Amber Cushman
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Perfect weather on the trail today not much of a view up top. Pants are a must gloves help. Bring lots of water! Car was broken into that wasn’t awesome makes it the last time we will go. Don’t have anything of value in the car. Luckily we didn’t :)

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jmarv 47
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Mav Robbins
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Erik Jasiunas
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Erik Jasiunas
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joe jensen
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whoever suggested gloves! Thank you, they’re ere awesome, especially on the way down. tons of ropes you’re basically sliding down the whole way. The interesting thing about hiking in Hawaii is the multiple terrains house cross through on one hike. This started low and dry and hot, then climbed into trees and rocks and then at the top it is a swampland. The views were amazing, you could see Waianae on the way up and the all the way out to pear harbor, and if you circled around the base you can overlook north shore. there was thick close cover that would come and go so at times you could see nothing and then it would clear out revealing everything.

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Phillip Catanach
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Romeo Barut
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This trail is not only difficult but challenging in every way up. It requires a lot of endurance and agility to hike this trail. Upon arrival on to the top, it gives you the satisfaction that you have conquered the highest peak on the island. Along the way, there were great views of the valleys, ridged, and the ocean. Walking around the Air Force gives you 360 degrees view from any directions. Really challenging but well rewarded.

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kirt ecker
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Juls LaRue
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Great hike if you’re experienced - the last 0.5 miles is essentially bouldering a ridge. Pretty scary! Overall nice hike - bring water, more than you think you need!

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Joe B
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HikingMuddyOver grownScramble

Not as physically demanding as some have stated. However, muddy and steep towards the summit. Recommend spikes, especially for the trip down. Take your time and go early to beat the heat. Overall, a great hike and worth the effort.

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Jennifer Sakumoto
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We originally planned on doing another hike so we were unprepared for this. Ended up going to the ridge and turning around otherwise we would’ve run out of water. Took us about 2 hours to get to that point, so I figure plan for 5 hours if you want to go all the way and bring extra water and snacks. Go on a cloudy day as the first part would’ve been killer since there’s no shade and pavement, making it extremely hot

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Klimbien ALLTrails
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Loved this trail. Car to car, 3 hrs 28 min w/ 25 min @top. For pace, I was at the start of the actual trail, end of the road at 20 minutes. Then at the start of the pig/goat fence at about an hour. Another 55 minutes to reach the top. Trail was in perfect condition. No mud, only two spot that were easily stepped over. There are a number of ropes, three of which are in poor condition and an accident waiting to happen. For reference all the thicker lines looked ok, but the thinner ones and the webbing are weathered and fraying. This trail is nice in that by no means are any of the ropes necessary. I found the Olomana trail to be much more technical and ropes were more needed than on the Ka’ala trail. Having said that the ropes definitely made coming down a 1000x faster. I never use gloves, even when canyoneering with lots of rappelling, but on this hike I was actually glad that I had some. Highly recommend this trail, it’s gorgeous. I left at 7:30 am and wished I hadn’t put sunscreen on. I was in the shade for two hours on the way up and at the top when it would have been useful it had all sweat off by then. Left my sunglasses in the pack the whole time too. Going light and fast is safe and helps control temps, I can’t imagine coming down in full sun in the afternoon, you could cook like an egg.

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Eric L.
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HikingMuddyNo shadeRockyScramble

Oh boy.. this trail WRECKT ME. It was like agreeing to a gang bang but deciding around halfway you wanted to quit. Unfortunately you’re too invested at this point so you go “oh well” and keep chugging. Going up was fine bc I operate at peak male performance but after following metal fencing to the ridgeline things got for real. The trail got more steeper and pushed my thunder thighs and tree trunk calf muscles to the limit. Had to rock scramble and use the ropes as the path became more narrow. Things got more slippy at the higher elevation with light rain drizzle making more mud. Can’t believe I had to get my hands dirty, now I need a manicure smh. The bog seemed like it went forever but I powered though since I’m clutch. The radar station was neat and hopefully I got powers from whatever radiation it gave off. After all that, going down was the hard part which usually isn’t the case ;) Honestly, I was legit scared of the previously mentioned obstacles making things more difficult. Pretty much had to belay down a good chunk and after losing traction on the muddy boots, fell a bunch making a nice base layer of dirt. It was a lot of wear and tear on the body that seemed like forever just to get back. Overall, this jawn challenges you and I’d recommend working your way up to doing it unless you’re me of course.

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