Mount Kaala Trail

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Mount Kaala Trail is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Waianae, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and rock climbing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5649 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

rock climbing

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

At more than 6 miles and 5,000ft of elevation gain it's one of the most difficult hikes on the O'ahu but it's worth the work to ascend to the highest point on the island. From certain points there are amazing views of the Waianae Valley and Coastline and of the North Shore.

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Took us 6 hours round trip with good weather. Not difficult from a technical standpoint, but requires lots of endurance. It's all uphill from the get-go.. think Koko Head x 3. Well marked trail with incredible views once you hit the ridge.

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1 month ago

Amazing, ridge hike and intense scramble all in one.. only for experienced hikers.

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2 months ago

This is a legit hike. Be ready. It is long.

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Awesome views. Takes a good amount of time, took 4 of us which included a 13 year old 6.5 hours.

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3 months ago

It was actually a really fun trail.
So to give you a description on how to get there.. The road you're going to go down to get to the trail is a one lane road so be careful. The trail is at the end of the road. You'll see a Budweiser sign and that's where it begins. Btw this is a hunter territory so don't get to loud. The first mile you'll be on a paved road (watch your knees) after that you'll begin the ascend. So you're go through the trail (watch your step and look at the views) then after a bit you're going to come to a "fork in the road" but you'll see a Ka'ala trail sign... Follow it or go left. You'll pass a stream and then there's another fork... Go left. After that left you'll begin a 1000ft incline. Make sure to take your time as needed. At the end of the incline you'll hit a small fence, go right. There is a lookout about 50ft down the path.. keep going there is a better view just a little further. Keep going by the fence and when the fence takes a sharp left keep going straight. Soon you'll hit huge rock incline once you see that you'll have another 1300ft to go. After this incline you'll reach the Plateau. Go through the wildlife reservation til you see a gate... go through by this point you'll be at the observatory and it seems that it's over... DON'T BE FOOLED! Better views to come. Go toward the big fence and take a left and you'll see a gate go through and close the gate... so on and so on you'll see North Shore and Schofield. Beautiful views and you've reached the top.
Be careful, watch your step, have fun, BRING FOOD AND WATER when muddy take it slow. Suggest planning it out. Intermediate hikers and above I suggest. Your knees may hurt afterward. Stay blessed and have fun!
It's about a 6 hour hike.

3 months ago

Insane hike checks all the boxes

hiking
3 months ago

This was a great trail to hear the birds and be in the forest and nice. THERE IS A LOT OF THIS TRAIL UPHILL. Be prepared hahaha. But all in all good views and a nice time to be in nature