Mt. Ka’ala is 4,025 feet. It’s about 7-8 miles and takes about 6 hours to do. We did this hike last July, so things may of changed a bit. I don’t remember this being a hard hike……just a lot of cardio!
Directions: We just used Waianae Valley Rd in the navigation. When the road forks, take the left. There’s a parking lot and signs for hunters. Wear something bright because there are hunters in the area. We ran into 3. Some say that this is known for break ins, so don’t leave anything valuable in your car! Park there and follow the paved road, eventually it will turn to dirt trail after about 1.5 miles. You will pass 2 fenced in areas. The second one has a water spout where you can fill up with water.
Follow the purple ribbons and markers! There are some trails that go off so make sure to pay attention. It’s about 4 miles to the top. It does get pretty steep, but there are ropes to help you out. Besides the incline, the only other thing that might be difficult is climbing the boulders- just depends on your hiking abilities. At about 2800 feet, you will come to 3 poles. You will also come to a fence line.
You will reach 2 boulder sections. They are a little sketchy, but not too bad. Eventually the trail will turn to boards. It looked like someone placed boards because its pretty muddy. In different reviews, I read about blue moss. We didn’t see any. You will know you are at the top when you see the sign. There was actually people up there working inside the fenced area.
Tips: Bring at least 3 liters of water! It’s a workout! Bug spray and long pants or high socks for the ferns.