First of all you'll need a permit from the State of Hawai`i and it's necessary because you have to cross PRIVATE LAND before you get to the ''real'' trail head. The rancher concerned doesn't like TRESPASSERS on his property SO GET A PERMIT FIRST. Going to the ''end'' of the trail shown means after reaching the top of Mt. Ka`ala you have to take a narrow trail that is never cleared by anyone. Says Wai`anae Steve
BY FAR THE BEST TRAIL ON THE ISLAND. JUST BE PREPARED FOR THE LONG HAUL, AND THE REWARDING VIEWS! Says Joe
This is a one trailhead great outdoors trail, so you'll be backcountry trekking it in and back out. Of course, this is an overnight backcountry walk, 2 days normally, so it's a splendid thing if your backpack is big enough to do the job. With its 13.4 miles of walking distance; it's considered a longer trek. This is a long hiking trail, so don't forget to pack enough supplies. The total elevation difference for this great outdoors trail is 4,021 feet which is higher than average. Some parts of Dupont Trail are much higher up than other parts of the backpacking and hiking trail, so keep in mind that you may need to dress differently at different elevations. At parts of the year this neighborhood sees very little rain, so make sure you check current conditions and fire restrictions with local forest authorities before you head out.