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    Bethany Lee added wiliwilinui Ridge

    about 8 hours ago

    Bethany Lee added K2 Loop

    5 months ago

    Bethany Lee saved Kalawahine Trail

    5 months ago

    Bethany Lee saved Kulepeamoa Loop

    5 months ago

    Bethany Lee completed Cathedral Rock Trail

    7 months ago

    Bethany Lee added Mau’umae Trail

    9 months ago

    Bethany Lee reviewed Kuliouou Ridge Loop Trail

    10 months ago

    We hiked this loop trail in a clockwise direction, starting with the western ridge trail, up to Pu’u O’kona then taking the Ko’olau Summit Trail east until it met up with the Kuliou’ou Ridge Trail at the overlook then headed back to the start via the state maintained Kuliou’ou Ridge Trail. I am very thankful that we hiked it in this direction as I feel it made some of the more difficult sections of it less dangerous. This was our second hike of New Year’s Day so we were hiking on tired legs, our first hike having been Koko Crater Rail Stairs at midnight for fireworks viewing.

    It’s a demanding hike with several steep, crumbly rock sections, many of which offer ropes to assist in the more difficult or dangerous sections. The western Ridge Trail is a bit overgrown as plant roots and foliage frequently ensnarled our feet & ankles tripping us up a bit along the way. In two areas ropes had been severed making it a bit more challenging to navigate those areas, requiring some creativity to keep your balance on steep, crumbly rock. There were also two areas on the Ko’olau Summit Trail crossover section that had experienced recent land slides cutting away/undermining the trail stability. Take extra prudence in those areas because one false move could send you easily tumbling a couple hundred feet off a cliff toward Waimanalo.

    Views are pretty spectacular along this loop once you reach the ridgeline, providing unimpeded views of Diamond Head, Maunalua Bay, Koko Crater, Koko Head, Makapu’u, Manana (Rabbit) Island, Waimanalo, Kailua, Olomana’s triple peaks. K1, K2, and the breathtaking Ko’olau Mountains.

    This is a physically demanding trail, offering great views, heart racing moments, & excellent workout opportunities. I would absolutely not recommend this for children or individuals with a fear of heights as there are several quite dangerous areas along the route, where you may find yourself grabbing at tall grasses or underbrush/bush roots to simply prevent yourself from falling off cliffs. We recommend microspikes for the KST crossover section especially for extra security on muddy/moist trails. This outing took us four hours but we stopped frequently for photos and hiked a bit further off the loop trail for some additional photos and parked about a mile away from the trail head and included that distance in the hiking time. Had we hiked at our normal, healthy pace and stuck specifically to the loop route we could have finished this in around 2-1/2-3 hours in dry, clear weather conditions. Loved this trail!

    Bethany Lee completed Kuliouou Ridge Loop Trail

    10 months ago

    Bethany Lee added Pu’u Ma’elieli

    10 months ago

    Bethany Lee added Kaloko Honokōhau NHP

    10 months ago

    Bethany Lee added Kaumana Trail

    10 months ago

    Bethany Lee saved Kaumana Trail

    10 months ago

    Bethany Lee added Onomea

    10 months ago

    Bethany Lee added Akaka Falls

    10 months ago