Mount Kaala Trail (Ka’ala)

Strenuous hike to the highest peak on Oahu

Difficult7.1 mi / 4 – 8 hr~3500 ftOut & Back

The Hike

This Leeward hike to the highest peak on the island of Oahu is not for the faint-of-heart. With a length of around 7 miles and a gain around 3,500 ft of elevation, this is one of the most strenuous hikes on the island. If you can overcome the challenge and make it through the hike you’ll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views over Waianae Valley and out to the Leeward and North Shore coastlines. Make sure to take some time to take in the beautiful views on your way up, the summit of the Kaala is often covered in fog that can obscure the views from there. The terrain on this hike is difficult and dangerous, you’ll be faced with sketchy ropes, steep dropoffs, slippery footing, rock climbing, and a generally difficult terrain.

Mount Kaala Trail Parking

You can park along the road near the end of Waianae Valley Rd. The trail will be on your left.


  • Bring plenty of water and snacks, its a taxing and long journey.
  • Bring good hiking shoes and possibly gloves for the rope sections.
  • Don’t leave any valuables in your car as there have been break-ins from time to time.

Trail Map