Kaupo Trail is a 12.2 mile out and back trail located near Kula, 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.
Directions from Paliku Campground: This trail can be accessed from Halemau'u and Sliding Sands Trails within Haleakala National Park.
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!
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.