Mt Ka'ala Out-and-Back
ElevationAscent: 3,410' 1,039 m
Descent: -3,409' -1,039 m
High: 3,989' 1,216 m
Low: 579' 176 m
GradeAvg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 82% (39°)
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“One of the toughest trails on Mt. Ka'ala (4,025 ft.), the tallest mountain in Oahu.”— Mirek Wierzbicki
The run starts behind the gate. In the beginning, you'll run on the paved road for 1.2 miles. At 1.2 miles the road switches to a dirt path with a slightly steeper grade passing a covered picnic shelter to the left. At 1.53 miles arrow sign tells you which direction to go and the trail begins to climb relentlessly. At 2.25 miles you'll encounter the first rope and at 2.70 miles there is a rope over some big boulders. Shortly after this you'll reach some steps that are attached to a huge boulder
After about 2.9 miles of running, the grade finally levels off. Before the summit, there is a narrow boardwalk that makes running the bog easy and interesting. There are beautiful views from the trail along this section. Be sure to take it in as there are no views from the summit of Mt. Ka'ala.
After enjoy a bit of a well-deserved break, head back the way you came.
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Land Manager: Hawaii - Department of Land and Natural Resources