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Great hike, I look forward to doing it again. I would recommend doing the loop in a counter clockwise direction, so up the Kulepeamoa ridge first then taking the KST to Hawaii Loa. Near the top of Kulepeamoa, as mentioned in other posts, there is a cable section that requires its use to get up. Dont underestimate this section...it is very steep/difficult and a huge thank you to however placed cabling there as there is no way I would have gotten up without it.

The KST between Kulepeamoa and Hawaii Loa is very easy (compared to other sections of the KST). It is relatively wide and well protected by the vegetation on both sides. Using the AllTrails app, was easy to find the side trail leaving the Hawaii Loa.

I, literally, almost, died.

F this hike.

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So I decided to try out Kulepeamoa Loop. Based off of a previous trail that I did that was rated as moderate but felt easy, I chose this one thinking "hard" would be moderate. My body hates me for this underestimation.
I parked on the street at the very end right before the "gated road" starts. You'll have to walk up that road a bit until you see a large water container thingamabob that's in a chain link fence. The trail starts to the right of that fence right along side it. I decided to sport my GNC weighted vest, and a backpack with some small "in case I fall into a gorge and survive" trinkets and 1.5 L of water. I recommend more water.
The start is easy, and I decided to take the right (eastern most) portion of the loop. This is where I started regretting my decision on the weighted vest. The trail was decent but does narrow and bushes are overgrown. My legs are scratched to hell. You'll get to a first area where you can see the the city along the coast towards the southeast. You can get a few good pictures if you go to the rocky clearing on the top of that portion of the ridge. You'll head back north on the ridge through the narrow trail and it's typical trail stuff. Ups and downs. Quads burning. Contemplating life. Realizing that you may be the next person in the news of "hiker dies on trail after being ill prepared." But I kept pushing. The trail does narrow down but you'll still be able to see it as you move north along the ridge. As you get closer to your turn westward along the northernmost ridge, you're going to come across a portion with waist high rocks with a gap in between. Get on top of those rocks and jump over the gap and the trail continues up towards Mount Olympus. The drop offs around this area are steep, but the trail is pretty secure with vegetation to use for grip and holding on to. I did leave a strip of medical tape on a tree that says "This Way, don't quit." If you see it... you're headed the right way. As you approach the highest point of the ridge, you're going to see what could possibly be your untimely death. That's what I was telling myself anyway. It's a steep incline with ropes for help for I'd say a good 30-40 yards. So I had some gloves handy and made my way to the unsafe looking climb. It looks a lot worse than it is. As you start going up it, you have places to secure your feet, and bear crawling up this monstrosity proved most effective. When you get closer to the top, the bear crawl will work and just take your time and plant your feet properly. The rope is secure but I wouldn't test its capability. I did use it solely for a portion but immediately went back to crawling when I saw the opportunity. After you clear that obstacle, you'll have a few more inclines to push through and bam! You're now on the east to west portion of your ridge and you can see the northern beaches. This ridge is the same but some of the downhill portions are steep and slippery so watch your step. And the trail is now about a foot or less wide with brush covering it... but you'll still be able to see where you're going. You'll eventually hit your turn for the southern route to take, and there is a small clearing with signs saying, don't go past this point or you might die. Take some pictures... relish in the fact that death is lurking in the bushes waiting for you to make one mistake and tumble down the cliff... and flip off the mother f*cker.
The trail back down is great. Wide and maintained. Stairs. Fellow humans who can call for help should you pass out from exhaustion of taking the hard side up. By this point my legs were getting loose but there are still portions that go uphill... it was another ridge after all... sooooo cramping started to become an issue. Also, my 1.5 liters of water was now about 12 ounces. The vultures were circling. Parts of the trail down you can trot or jog. It helped keep my legs loose. So as you go down, pay attention to where you are at on the trail in relation to this app. I missed my turn and went past towards the parking area on the other side of the ridge from where my truck was. I was fortunate enough that some lovely botanists were on the trail as well and said they would give me a ride to my truck. I must have looked pathetic by this point... covered in dirt and the glazed look of heat stroke in my eyes.
Anywho, I got my ride hence why the recording I did has it going all the way down to the highway and back up towards my start point.
Moral of the encounter. I did this trail ill prepared and with roughly 25-35 lbs of weight and minimal water. I wore basketball shorts and running shoes. If I could do it, you guys can definitely do it and appreciate the amazing scenery more than I was able to on the account of minor strokes and heat cramps.

Good views under canopy. Cool foliage, but not a particularly hard hike.

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