Ascent of Kaala on 2017-06-30

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 30, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

The scariest thing about this hike, aside from the steep boulder trail sections with ropes in place, is the trailhead parking. I do know at least 10 people who have done this hike with no issues with car vandalism, but the area near the gate at the end of the Waianae Valley Road is littered with broken glass and junk cars, and it has a foreboding feel to it. I recommend leaving nothing of value in your rental car and getting the full CDW. I am sure most people who live in the area are decent, honest, and hardworking people, but this place is clearly not the best area of Oahu.

As reported elsewhere, this is a steep, fun, and sporting trail, with many random ropes to help you up steep, eroded, muddy, and bouldery slopes. I did not see any phone cords or dog collars, but mostly hemp ropes, rock climbing webbing, some fiber-optic cable, and thick metal wires. I had only a few sprinkles of rain and mostly dry conditions, but the ropes still came in handy, especially when heading down.

I was pleased that the summit FAA facility, while taking up a huge area of the summit plateau, left the highest places, including the summit benchmark, outside its fence. The highest ground is at the benchmark, north of the main gate. As Rob Woodall reports, there is another grassy spot a bit further east along the fenceline almost as high.

With this climb, I completed the 5 counties of Hawaii, my first state completion after 292 county high points over 42 years. My only other completion was the counties of Prince Edward Island, Canada--I seem to have a knack for finishing states/provinces not on the mainland!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3550 ft / 1082 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    Route:Waianae/SW Ridge
    Trailhead:490 ft / 149 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 5 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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