Trails/Roads: Kealia Trail, Kealia Access Rd, Kuaokala Access Rd, Kuaokala Trail
Elevation Gain: 2,000ft
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4.5 hours
Hiking Permit: None required
Danger: Low to Medium (overlook at end of trail)
I did this hike with my aunt and we took our time to make sure we enjoyed the rewarding views from the Kealia trail! The trail has 19 switchbacks (yes 19!) and provides remarkable views of Dillingham Airfield and Haleiwa.
Kealia Trail is part of the Na Ala Hele Trail & Access System and is very well maintained.
The trail ascends the pali gradually on 19 switchbacks.
There are lots of loose rocks along the trail and after a
couple of switchbacks, the trail opens up and there
are plenty of views while still ascending the pali.
Kawailoa Wind Project in the distance
The covered picnic table at the end of the ironwood grove marks the end of the Kealia Trail
We continued up the dirt road at the far end of the grove.
The Kuaokala Public Hunting Area is marked with a sign you can't miss! ;)
We continued hiking along the Kuaokala Access Road until we reached the Kuaokala Trail.
At the end of the road we reached the Makua Valley Outlook
From the outlook, a lone paraglider
The summit of Mount Ka’ala (on the left) covered in clouds