Hahaione to Pyramid Rock Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Hahaione to Pyramid Rock Loop is a 2.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near East Honolulu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

blowdown

bugs

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

This is a variation hike that combines the Hahaione Ridge hike with a portion of the KSRT to the Pyramid Rock, returning via the finger ridge back down to the trailhead. The KSRT section can be somewhat confusing as it is not a pure cliff walk. Some sections are also overgrown with grass so long sleeves and pants are required.

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4 months 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.

4 months ago

intense hike with good views at the top. the path is steep at times but it is in the shade. near the starting point it is easy to lose the trail as it is not always clear which way to go. near the top there are pink ribbons to guide you. there is a "private property" sign at the beginning of the trail

5 months ago

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Monday, August 15, 2016