Kuaokala Trail

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Kuaokala Trail information

Leeward O'ahu , USA
Extras off Farrington Hwy (Hwy 930)
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The Kaʻena Point Satellite Tracking Station is not open to the public, but the surrounding acreage is managed by Hawaii’s Division of Forestry & Wildlife (https://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov), which issues the required advance permits for public hiking access to the trail system above the state park. Reserve your permit at least 10 days ahead, check in at the guard station near Yokohama Bay when you arrive, and drive up to the dirt parking lot. The sometimes dusty 2.5-mile Kuaokala Trail follows a high ridge into Mokuleʻia Forest Reserve. On a clear day you can see Mt Kaʻala (4025ft), Oʻahu’s highest peak and part of the Waiʻanae Range. From there you can connect to the Kealia Trail (2.5 miles) and the North Shore at Dillingham Airfield, 1600ft below. Part of the land is also open to hunting, so hikers should wear brightly colored clothing for safety. Note that it’s a much harder climb, but if you start on the North Shore, no permits are required.