Kaupo Trail

HARD 4 reviews
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Kaupo Trail is a 12 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.

12.0 miles
5482 feet
Out & Back





no dogs

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

1 day ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago