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Mt. Ka'ala - Hiking

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Mt. Ka'ala (4,025 ft)
Elevation Gain: 3,500 ft
Trail: Wai'anae-Ka'ala
Distance: 8 miles roundtrip
Duration: 7.75 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at the summit)
Difficulty: Moderate to Very Strenuous
Danger: Medium to High(steep sections with loose rock, rock scramblingalong trail)

My first attempt to summit Mount Ka'ala ended at 2,800 feet. It was winter in Hawaii and by the time we got up to the 3 poles it was raining lightly making for a slippery trail. I had brought my spikes and trekking poles with me from the east coast but had left them in my cousin's truck at the trailhead. It was too slippery to continue so Neil, my cousin Darrell and I turned back. Today was a different story. The weather was beautiful and it looked like I was going to be able to bag the highest peak on the island of O'ahu.

At the covered picnic table we took the trail to the right marked with boulders and Macadamia Nut trees
There were six of us at the trailhead but that chan…

Mt. Ka'ala attempt - O'ahu, Hawaii

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Mt. Ka'ala (4,025 ft)
Hike elevation: 3,000ft
Elevation Gain: 2,920 ft
Trail: Wai'anae-Ka'ala
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip (approximation)
Duration: 5.5 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at the 3 poles)
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Danger: Medium to High(steep sections with loose rock, rock scramblingalong trail)

Heart be still! There's a 4000+ footer on Oahu! Well then, it's only appropriate that I hike to this summit to add to my 4000+ feet list! Sure it's not part of the New Hampshire 48 list, but hey, I am a peakbagger! :)

I did a lot of research on this hike, reading many blogs and reviews on this hike. And I went through many photos of this hike often comparing photos from different bloggers/reviewers and saw many of the same shots along the trail. This helped me to understand what to expect and encounter while on the trail. It was a way to familiarize myself with the trail even being 6000 miles and months away.

Initially I was going to solo hi…