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We chose only to do the Ridge hike which was moderate. Not a very difficult hike, but the distance and the incline will make it difficult for those who are not especially athletic. The top had great views but bring some glasses because the high winds caused dust and dirt to get in our eyes. We had planned on doing the full loop but ran into a couple who said the trail was very difficult and they got stung by bees a few times and we were tired so we opted to go back the way we came. plenty of parking in the neighborhood below, just be aware of driveways and don't block them.

Be sure to arrive early if want to do this hike, especially if it is a weekend...there is only 10 passes (cars) at the gate to do the hike at any given time. One of the easier hikes that end at the KST (Koolau Summit Trail). Think there was a couple ropes, but they not needed. Very well maintained path with alot of steps near the top.

24 days ago

Totally awesome hike! Be prepared to climb some steep "stairs" towards the end!

Loved this hike. Be warned that it should only be attempted by an experienced hiker. My first attempt at this hike going up the west ridge I had to turn back due to the wind and rain as I neared the top. Today while still windy, was not in the clouds and the views was amazing. I did the west route first for the loop, and the rope portions near the top of the west ridge was tricky.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I enjoyed this hike and followed the track in a clockwise direction. The trek up to the ridge took us through a variety of microclimates ranging from a thickly forested streambed area, up through less densely forested areas, to pine forests, up to open ridgeline type vegetation. There were several sections with ropes on the western side of this hike that as it was pretty dry when we hiked it the ropes weren't necessary. However, if it were wet then I could envision that they would come in handy. Once you reach the Koolau Summit Trail (KST) then you work your way east to Pyramid Rock. Take care along the KST as there are some sections that are deceivingly slippery and if you don't have great traction on your shoes could prove very dangerous or fatal. Most of our group wore microspikes which made it pretty easy to navigate but a few didn't have microspikes and they slid and fell a few times (thankfully not off the cliff!). When you reach the Pyramid Rock section then the fun begins! I would only attempt this section in dry conditions as it requires lots of rock climbing with some sections offering ropes for extra support/stability along the climb. The blazes are few and far between in areas and some sections of the rock climb are much easier and safer than others. Though I have a fear of heights I really enjoyed this section of the hike. Once we descended down Pyramid Rock then it was a bit of a 'hunt' to find the trail and the blazes along the way. The descent was steep and interesting at first but then after awhile it sort of became the same view of pine trees, copper trees, pink/orange blazes and then eventually you reach a section with a chain link fence that you have to climb down into a densely forested stream bed/flash flood looking type of a section where it appears teens have enjoyed a few too many alcoholic beverages as it's laced with trash. It's still blazed but does take a few extra steps in between blazed sections to find the next blaze on the path. Ultimately, you'll reach a water tank area on a paved road that winds down to houses in the neighborhood and back onto the neighborhood street. I thoroughly enjoyed the first half of the hike, absolutely loved the Pyramid Rock climb and descent but then wasn't so thrilled with the final stretch on the steep descent into the trashy wooded area toward the end. This part of it was why I didn't give it five stars. The views of Waimanalo and the valley are pretty nice from the top of Pyramid Rock and from sections of the KST.

A simple trail in the woods with lush flora and lots of songbirds that eventually leads to a trail along what could be a rushing creek given the right rainy day conditions. I envision that there could be quite a few waterfalls along this trail on a rainy day but that could also mean fording creeks, lots of mud, and potential flash flood situations. Trail is blazed with pink, orange & yellow blazes on trees once you reach about 0.75 miles in and seems to continue up toward the ridge but I wouldn't recommend attempting that with young children or without appropriate equipment/supplies for more difficult treks.