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    Michael Maughan added Jerome ID

    3 months ago

    Michael Maughan completed Alabaster Cave Trail

    10 months ago

    Michael Maughan completed Crater Lake Trail

    10 months ago

    Michael Maughan added Carbondale

    over 1 year ago

    Michael Maughan updated Akaka Falls Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Kammieland Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Sulphur Banks Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Devastation Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated 'Iliahi Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Aiea Loop Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Waimea Valley Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Akaka Falls Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Makapu'u Lighthouse

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan updated Kamananui - Kulana'ahane

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan reviewed Waikamoi Ridge Trail

    over 3 years ago

    This trail provides an opportunity to get out and stretch alone the road to Hana. There are geocaching opportunities as well. The trail is very easy, steps in some locations, but mostly a lot of beautiful trees and views. There is at least one smaller connecting trail, but we just went on the loop. Took less than 30 minutes. Great little walk in the woods.

    Michael Maughan completed Waikamoi Ridge Nature Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan reviewed Seven Sacred Pools Oheo Gulch

    over 3 years ago

    We stopped here on our drive along the Road to Hana. By the time we got here, we were a little tired, but we were glad to get out and walk around. If you brought swimsuits, there are places to take a dip. You must be prepared to climb a little if you want to see all 7 pools. There are restrooms and a gift shop. If you have a National Park Pass, bring it so you don't have to pay the entry fee. There are other trails in the area, but we only hiked by the pools. If you have the time, go on the 4 mile round trip to the falls from this same trail.

    Michael Maughan added 7 Sacred Pools

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan reviewed Maakua Ridge Trail and Papali Gulch

    over 3 years ago

    We were looking for another hike to do on my daughter's birthday. This one seemed to be what we were looking for: short, easy(~ish), and great views. Here is what we found:

    The Trail:
    - Distance: about 4.4 miles from where we parked. The Loop is about 3 miles.
    - Terrain: some hills, but a well-marked path with switchbacks keeps it from being too steep
    - Mud: not really. Lots of leaves and hills keep most of the water from pooling.
    - Parking: don't park at the trailhead! There is a sign that warns of a high theft area. We parked a couple of streets away near a cemetery and walked to the trailhead, not very far.

    The Good:
    - Wonderful views! There are sections where you get a great panorama of the Windward side.
    - Switchbacks. The trail goes up and down hills a few times, but it never is too steep. All my little kids made it with no trouble.
    - Shade. And better, shade without bugs. We did not have one bite among us.
    - Loop: I love it when the whole trail is a different view. Out and backs are OK, but loops are better.
    - Restrooms nearby on the main road right before you turn off to find the trailhead.

    The Not So Good:
    - No parking right at the trailhead
    - No water
    - Some areas of the trail are narrow with steep slopes on each side. Be careful.

    Bottom Line: Great day hike for the whole family. This is one of 2 loops in the area. You will see the right-hand turn for the Hauula Loop before you find the left-hand turn off for this trail. Both are about the same length. If we get the chance, we'll come back here and do the other one. Not 5 stars because while we had a couple of good views, we did not have as many as we would have liked.

    Yelp.com: http://www.yelp.com/biz/maakua-ridge-trail-hauula

    Michael Maughan completed Maakua Ridge Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan reviewed Kamananui Valley Road Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Went hiking with the Boy Scouts I work with to finish off the hiking merit badge. We needed another 10 mile hike, and this was a great choice. We hiked the Kamananui Trail and then continued to the Kulana'ahane trail to complete the 5 miles out and back. Here is my review of the Kamananui Trial (you can also read my review of the Kulana'ahane section on this website):

    Length: 3 miles (one-way)
    Terrain: gentle rise/fall
    Difficulty: EASY
    Facilities: Bathroom at the parking lot
    Website: http://hawaiitrails.ehawaii.gov/trail.php?TrailID=OA+12++010&island=Oahu
    Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/moanalua-valley-trail-moanalua-2

    The Good:
    - Very easy trail
    - Lots of vegetation for cover from the sun.
    - Stream crossings allow for water collection if necessary.
    - Some places allow camping!
    - Signs along the way give historical and botanical information
    - Geocaching available!

    The Not so Good:
    - Bugs. Bring spray.
    - Stream crossings. Most of these have bridges. If you hike this after it has rained a lot, you might get wet. The trail may even be impassable, so take care.

    Bottom Line: Great trail for a family hike (if the distance is okay). Easy to follow; rise/fall in elevation is easy. I'd go here again with a mountain bike! Also, the park is open from 7am-7pm, but we went at 6am and the gate was open.

    NOTE: We only hiked until the intersection of the Kulana'ahane trail. The main trail continues to the right for some distance more.

    Michael Maughan reviewed Kamananui - Kulana'ahane

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan completed Kamananui - Kulana'ahane

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan added Kulana'ahane Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan reviewed Akaka Falls Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan completed Akaka Falls Trail

    over 3 years ago

    Michael Maughan reviewed Akaka Falls Trail

    over 3 years ago

    There are actually two different waterfalls to see at this park. You will see both of them if you stay on the path.

    The Good:
    - Short hike through easy terrain, paved all the way.
    - Great vegetation and views.
    - There are a couple of stream crossings to add to the atmosphere.
    - Both waterfalls are large and beautiful.
    - I recommend you go around the loop to the right. You will reach the "second" falls first, followed by the Akaka Falls.
    - Photo opportunities abound.

    The Not So Good:
    - You can't get up close to the falls. Both are viewed from a distance.
    - You have to pay to park at in the lot. TIP: park outside the fence for free. Or, if you are a Hawaii resident, parking is free. Don't let the attendant (if they are there that day) bully you into paying if you are a resident.

    Bottom Line: On your drive around the island, take some time to visit these falls. They are beautiful. The hike is easy, and it is overall very peaceful.

    Yelp!: http://www.yelp.com/biz/akaka-falls-state-park-honomu-2

    Michael Maughan completed Akaka Falls Trail

    over 3 years ago