Ka’au Crater Trail: Lots of Mud and Three Beautiful Waterfalls

Because of the reports of fines, this post has been removed. We discourage people from attempting this hike while it is closed to the public.

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  1. Is it okay to do a trail on private roads? I want to do this hike on my trip to hawaii soon but i am concerned that we may get in trouble for doing this hike. do you think two tourists will draw too much attention?

    • Hey AM, there are to trailheads. One is accessible via the private road. If you look at the last photo of me, in the background you see the mailboxes and the road going beyond those mailboxes – that road is private. The road that I am standing on is public. The trailhead that I used was located right behind those mailboxes – it’s nicknamed the Rabbit Hole because it’s a steep and slippery descent (but with rope to help you). This trailhead should be fine. Maybe try and go when none of the residents are out and about. Be discreet about it. However, do keep in mind that this is a closed trail. With that said, there are a handful of people that hike this trail on a weekly basis.

  2. I completed the kau crater trail with george,calin,and terry selig a spokeman for fire department and a resident on that private road; there were 7 waterfalls to climb to get kau crater.the crater reminded us the movie african queen.I did not feel safe going back down the waterfalls terry recommended.we agreed on walking around the rim of the crater to the summit. we basically mabe our own trail throug the thick vegetation.we went across the top and came down saint louis heights trail.Bruce

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