Waialua from Ka’alaView All Sizes
JOURNAL : June 6, 2005
|Series||Hiking to the Summit of Mt. Ka’ala|
Mount Ka'ala has loomed over my house at Mokuleia for at least as long as I've lived there, so once in awhile we climb all of its 4,096 feet.
Majestic Mt. Ka’ala
Ka’alaView All Sizes
The photos on this page were taken during two different hikes about a week apart.
The first was just Liz and I and due to the lateness of the day we had to scamper full tilt down the mountain in order to make it back in time for a glider ride over this same mountain.
Map of Dupont Trail to Mt. Ka’ala
Trails and paved access roads approach the summit from all directions. The Dupont Trail starts out on an old sugar plantation access road immediately following Waialua High School. That road heads straight back toward the mountain and into a gate guarding private land that must be crossed to access the trail. Near the gate is a warning sign and a phone number to call to request entry. We generally ask for permission (since we've done this so many times) but once in awhile we just skip through. Keep heading straight towards the mountain and eventually you'll be on the trail. See the map on the right.
Radar Station on Ka’ala
The second occasion to hike the Dupont Trail on this trip included a buddy of mine and his girlfriend. On the back down we opted for the winding military service road that weaves along the backbone of the mountain. We finally got to sea level after the sun had set. Darkness and an eerie mist sifted into the valley. All around were the meowing calls of peacocks settling into the high tree branches in the dense forest at the foot of Mt. Ka'ala.
North Shore from Ka’alaView All Sizes
Weather Station on Ka’ala
Military Road carved into the Backbone
Old Tank near Summit
Strewn around Mt. Ka'ala are various military installations, bunkers, radar and weather stations and other equipment. Much of it dates back to World War II when Dillingham Airfield and the surrounding area played an active role in the Pacific theater.
The mountain is laced with a great many hikes and paths. You can also get to the top of Mt. Ka'ala from Waianae side through Makua Valley or the military service road on that side. Down near the end of Farrington Hwy at Camp Erdman you can hike up Crystal Canyon and follow the ridgeline trail to the summit. But that's another trek for another day...
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June 6, 2005
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