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    Ryan Hale reviewed Kailua Bay Beach Walk

    3 months ago

    I’m not a fan of walking in sand for long distances; however, this is a beautiful beach with lots of people-watching opportunities. Kailua Beach is little crowded and noisy, so going at dusk might be a little more peaceful.

    Ryan Hale added Kailua Bay Beach Walk

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale saved Kailua Bay Beach Walk

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Kailua Bay Beach Walk

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Kuliouou West Ridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Aiea Ridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Aiea Ridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Aiea Ridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale saved Aiea Ridge Trail

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Olympus via Kolowalu

    3 months ago

    Ryan Hale reviewed Pu'u Konahuanui Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Parking:
    Park along the western side of Tantalus Drive near the Kalawahine trailhead.

    Hike:
    From the Kalawahine trailhead, hike 1.2 miles (ignore the two Manoa Cliff Trail forks to the right) until you reach Pauoa Flatts. Take a left and follow along the boardwalk through the forest (ignore the Nu’uanu Trail that forks to the left) until you reach a fork. Take the left fork and continue uphill to Nu’uanu lookout. From the lookout, there are two trails. Take the one to the right to continue to K2.

    A short distance along this section the trail forks. The right fork leads to the peak trail; the left fork continues around the west side of the mountain as a cliff trail. I highly recommend the left fork as the peak trail is overgrown and far more physically demanding.

    There are some stunning views along the cliff trail: Nu’uanu Lookout, Kapalama Ridge, the Pali Pass, Upper Manoa Valley and far across the Ko’olaus when the skies are clear. You also get an upper-deck view of Lulumahu Falls and a gorgeous two-stage waterfall (which appears to be accessible via a side trail) near the headwaters of Nu’uanu Stream. The top 20% is always sloppy muddy. Near the peak, there are tons of convenient mud ‘stairs’ and deep trail ditches to keep you safe from falls. The view is often socked in by cloud cover, but K2 is a rewarding hike nonetheless.

    Duration:
    This hike should take between 4.5-5 hours.

    Difficulty:
    I would put this hike on the lower side of Hard (probably more accurately Upper-Upper Moderate by Oahu standards). The drops as you hug the mountainside are a little intimidating, but not too bad. The climb to the peak is pretty physical, and the span between some ‘stairs’ seems to favor those with longer legs.

    Ratings:
    Payoff: 7.5/10
    Intensity: 9/10
    Risk: 7.5/10
    Wayfinding: 8/10

    Ryan Hale completed Pu'u Konahuanui Peak Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale saved Kealia Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Kealia Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Kealia Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Kuaokala Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Kuaokala Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale saved Kuaokala Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Lanihuli via Kapalama Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Kamanaiki Ridge

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Kamanaiki Ridge

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale saved Kamanaiki Ridge

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale saved Kahekili Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Kahekili Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale added Kahekili Trail

    4 months ago

    Ryan Hale completed Kahekili Trail

    4 months ago