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Ka'au Crater Trail

Suitable for:
Active traveller, nature lover, couples
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Hardly known and not much going on
TouriSpot
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
4 hours
Optimal arrival time:
Does not matter
Cost:
Free
Suitable for:
Active traveller, nature lover, couples
Insider tip or tourist spot?
Hardly known and not much going on
TouriSpot
Insider Tip
Time needed: 1-2 hours
4 hours
Optimal arrival time:
Does not matter
Cost:
Free

Profile of the hike

Distance total
7,22 Kilometer
Distance uphill
3,37 Kilometer
Distance downhill
3,28 Kilometer
Altitude meters uphill
561 Meter
Altitude meters downhill
- 559 Meter

Ka'au Crater Trail - Description

The Ka'au Crater Trail is about 8 kilometres of hiking with 560 meters of elevation. It doesn't sound too strenuous. But it is.

It leads through beautiful forests, past magnificent viewpoints and there are even several waterfalls as well as beautiful wildflowers. Due to the slope and distance, the route is suitable only for experienced adventurers. This is an excellent place to hike and enjoy a nature excursion. The route is accessible all year round.

It probably belongs to the most exciting hikes on Oahu. You sometimes climb up over the waterfalls which are often also equipped with ropes on trees. It starts in the northern district of Honolulu, in Palolo. An area that tourists usually do not go to. Up to Kaau Crater, the hike is manageable but if you want to hike up to the Puu Palikea viewpoint, you need strong nerves. On a very narrow and steep ridge, you walk up there almost 700 meters.

The view is sensational. Towards the south, you can see Honolulu and behind you is the east coast with Waimanalo and Kailua.

What we say

Florian
On this hike, the likelihood of meeting many people is not particularly high, as it is one of the absolute insider tips on Oahu. This hike is something for the adventurous. However, you should have sufficient physical and mental fitness. I have walked it myself and pushed my limits...
Our checklist & tips:
  • Hiking in Hawaii is generally recommended in the morning because it is not so hot yet. However, since the trail is hardly frequented, it can be done throughout the day.
  • Professional hiking equipment! (Sturdy shoes, possibly poles and the right food are essential).
  • Especially for strenuous hikes like these, energy-giving snacks like nuts, soybeans, and at least 2 litres of water are necessary.

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Map and contact data

3000 10th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
Longitude: -157.78193555323685
Latitude: 21.31055981505607

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