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Ka’au Crater Hike

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Ka’au Crater Hike

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Quiles-Cardona wrote a review Sep 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
This hike isn’t for the faint of heart! Lol it’s very challenging and sometimes dangerous but worth it in the end when you get to the waterfalls and the views. Definitely worth it. 👍🏼
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Hardy S wrote a review Jul 2019
Sankt Margrethen, Sankt Gallen, Switzerland42 contributions11 helpful votes
The hike takes around 4-5 hours and is on some places difficult to go - but it's a wonderful journey with great views - nice waterfalls and a really good exercise as well. Take plenty of water with you. I wouldn't recommend the hike with young children and definitely I wouldn't recommend to do it if there was some rain because it might be to slippery then.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Savvy Adventurer wrote a review Jun 2019
12 contributions6 helpful votes
This is by far the best hike I have ever been on and the most dangerous! This gem is hidden in private property so I recommend having a printed map or an App like Hiking Project or AllTrails to navigate to the hike and during the hike. It is not well marked, outside of the pink ribbon ties to a tree here and there to reconfirm you have not gotten off trail. I recommend not attempting this hike during the wet season as the danger vastly increases. If you do be sure you are strong enough to do a pull up. I had to be able to hold my own weight while monkeying across a waterfall using a rope... and crossed streams nearly waist deep. You can avoid this in the dry season! During this hike you will have to cross the stream many times (look for pink ribbons across the water to know when to cross). You will also climb up along waterfalls, by far my favorite part of this hike. Don't trust the ropes with all your weight as it is clear some have torn before! Once you are finished climbing up 3 waterfalls you will get to the ridge. If you are scared of heights this can be very freaky. Since it was so wet, my husband and I sat down and scooted during the thinnest parts of the ridge. We also heard warthogs! Warthogs are dangerous so avoid if you can. Once you get back down from the ridge you will have to try and navigate back to the street. This can be quite difficult with the lack of ribbons so again recommend an app that tracks you. My phone died and hiking this trail at the end in the dark did not help with the navigation! Since it was so wet this trail took my husband and I 9-10 hours and we are in fairly great shape (weightlifting 4-6 days a week and avid hikers in the summer). Again recommend going in the DRY SEASON!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Esther L wrote a review May 2019
55 contributions18 helpful votes
Started at 10:30am, got back to the car at 5:15pm. Tried to do the entire loop but when we were circling the crater, the trail down was not groomed well so we weren’t positive if we had even found the correct path. However, we followed all the instructions online and kept left at the top but still had issues finding it. Had to hike down the waterfalls, super slippery, wish we had crampons. Ended up hiking with just boots. Extremely muddy st the end. Thankfully we had a change of clothes. Drank 2 bottles of water per person
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Fionna88 wrote a review May 2019
Cambridge, United Kingdom119 contributions62 helpful votes
My husband and I (both pretty fit) did the loop counter clockwise in about 4 hours. It was very steep and hard on the legs but a lot of fun with some unbeatable views. We set off at about 8.30am and didnt see anyone else the whole time which was cool as well. The third waterfall is long with multiple rope climbs but such a cool experience. Definitely wouldn't do it if it is raining or windy.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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