Ka`aha Trail

  • Hiking the Ka`aha Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.


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7.6 (miles)


Out & Back

~775 (+) (Elev. Δ - ft)


Hawaii Volcanoes

Ka`aha Trail is a difficult day hike or backpacking trip in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that rewards hikers with amazingly beautiful scenery. This backcountry adventure is accessed from the Hilina Pali Overlook Trailhead via Hilina Pali Trail and Ka`aha Trail. The park says "Ka`aha is located on the southern coastline of the park, 3.8 miles from the trailhead at the end of Hilina Pali road. The hike begins with a steep downhill trail that switches back 24 times to the base of the pali (cliff). Along the trail you will be hiking through mostly non-native grasses dotted with native `ohi'a trees. Two thirds of the way down you will find your only chance for shade on this hot, dry, windy trail under a large `ohi`a tree. The rest of the hike is a gradual downhill slope to the coast. Ka`aha has a rocky shoreline with a well protected cove that has some great snorkeling. You may find green turtles swimming in the cove, or resting on the shore. There are no trees in the area to provide shade, but the shelter on the hillside is a nice place to get out of the elements. Ants are extremely abundant, although they do not bite, or sting, but they will crawl on anything (including you) on the ground. The trail out is uphill the entire way and feels like five miles in the intense sun. We recommend you avoid hiking in the midday sun." Hawaii Volcanoes has two campgrounds, the Namakanipaio and the Kulanaokuaiki.

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Entrance and Camping Fees, Backcountry Permit
Contact: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 1 Crater Rim Drive Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

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