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20 days ago

So I hiked this trail by starting at the Wiliwilinui trailhead, turning right at the top of Wiliwilinui then taking this trail the rest of the way. It was immensely beautiful. It never once felt lost, the trail was very well marked with pink ribbons. Anytime I was in a weird spot I would look down for the ribbons. When I hiked parts were muddy other parts dry.

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muddy
scramble
27 days ago

Very dry today, not the usual mud. Trail seems like it’s been maintained lately. Uhule is cut back and so are the trees. Streams are all dried up. Much better conditions in 1/2019 than last summer when we came last. As always, there’s never anyone here on this challenging hike.

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2 months ago

Best to hike the complete loop ( esp the Wailupe middle ridge) after HTMC ( Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club) has cleared and hiked it. Check their schedule for hike activities.

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muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

2 months ago

Anybody going to do the trail in the next days to come and need company?

My friend and I are avid hikers in Hawaii and in good shape, we had our minds set on completing this loop today. It took us 5.5 hours (although we got lost twice and once for a solid hour and we didn’t stop to rest at all). I Completely agree with a previous post, 4-5 hours for a fit hiker, too much less and the entire loop wasn’t completed.

This trail was not easy. Trailhead easy to find and we did it clockwise but went wrong somewhere taking our first left headed up hill, although we saw markers (seem to be all over) we still ended up off track and in some very sketchy areas. After making our own trail for the most part we made it up to wiliwilinui which we are familiar with. This was great news because it wasn’t possible for us to go back down the way we came. I wish I could tell you where we went wrong but I may never know. This portion of the loop is easy to follow and took us to the KST which was muddy, rainy and also super sketchy pretty much the whole time but it was also cloudy which kept us from having to look into exactly how far down these steep drops were.

Being familiar with the ridge we needed to turn onto helped to find the trail back down. We added more markers along the way to help others to see this as well. The hike down was easier than we thought and I definitely understand why you don’t do this trail counter clockwise. The east ridge is simply safer to go down.

We also got a little lost trying to meet up with the junction to get us back down to the car and ended up going a different way than we came, not sure how but did get out of trouble here sooner than the first time we got lost. Again, I wish I could tell you where we went wrong but I still don’t know. Markers just died off around the stream bed after we crossed.

We saw one other set of hikers after the trail, said they also got lost going up the left side and when the did find their way up to the summit they weren’t comfortable with the conditions and uncertainty of it and turned around. They took wiliwilinui all the way back down then a taxi to their rental car at original trailhead.

Don’t do this if you are scared of heights, getting lost, muddy, slipping or long hikes full of adventure. All that being said, the two of us had a great time other than being super lost and getting all scratched up, but we almost expect these types of things to happen on hikes.

Need: bug spray, snacks, long socks or pants, maybe a rain jacket, and plenty water!

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3 months ago

we (casual hikers but physically very fit) did the full loop clockwise and it was definitely more challenging than we would have expected. several things we would advise to make the experience more enjoyable for you:
- expect to walk through mudd quite a bit and expect to fall/slip several times
- wear pants or be ok with very scratched shins
- there are a few steep pitches where you have to use a rope that was attached
- it will take 4-5 hours. anyone who was faster did not do the full loop or is insanely fit and a seasoned hiker
- seriously reconsider doing this if it has been raining a lot and definitively don't do it in anything but broad daylight
- maybe bring a few pink ribbons, the trail is mostly well marked but could do with a few more markings here and there
- the top part has serious vegetation and is not that far from even requiring a machete (you don't need one!)

enjoyed this little trafficked trail. the start is easy to find and then either direction a steep climb up to the ridgeline. trail is mostly well marked and fairly wide with the exception of a small portion leading up to KST via the wailupe middle ridge and KST itself. view from the top great on a clear day. took about three hours for an experienced hiker on a dry day

hiking
4 months ago

Wasn’t expecting that. Clockwise feels like a cheat code because the tough part of the hike was the East side up Wailupe ridge (done both directions). Did counterclockwise and it was overgrown on the upper half. We elected to go back the way we came because it was raining hard at the top with no view and the saddle ridge between Wailupe overlook and Williwilinui was muddy and not worth the risk. Unless you hike all the time and have lungs of steel this hike will probably take you 5-6 hours, (took us 6). Take plenty of water. Lots of orchids and native plants. Wish the app showed me which direction I’m facing on the map. Path was washed out from a recent TS so got lost for 10 minutes. Overall, challenging, steep, long hike for all of 5+ miles with some great views any all directions of the East side.

hiking
10 months ago

Long, difficult trail, but worth it if you enjoy 3'ish hour hikes. Unfortunately it was socked in with clouds at the top, so we didn't get a great view. Most days it'll be pretty cloudy fyi. That being said, if you get it on a nice day, you'll have a fantastic view of both south and east side from the top. There are a few ways to go around the loop and a couple trails that veer off the main one, so I'd recommend having a trail map up if you question which way to go at any point.

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10 months ago

Probably the least trafficked trail I’ve been on that is still relatively close to town. Didn’t see a single person the entire time. Trail is well marked in both directions (whether you do clockwise or counter clockwise). There are bottle caps nailed to trees and ribbons tied to trees to show the way. You pass through a muddy ravine/small stream and then start the steep ascent up Wailupe ridge. It’s a pretty wide trail up until the last half mile to the KST junction and then there are fairly narrow sections. I’ve done this in both directions and I’m undecided on which is the better way.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Do not, I repeat DO NOT do this trail counter clockwise. My friend and I are very experienced hikers but it goes from bad to worse. It started with getting lost near a hunters camp (I think they took down the markers), progressed to a steep not well trod trail, and then on to chest high ferns on a super steep slope for the final two hour slog to the top. We kept discussing turning back, but figured the top couldn't be THAT much further and we really didn't want to redo the shitty trail. Trust me, it can get steepers, more overgrown, and harder to find. I uploaded two pictures from our hike. The trail was last maintained by the Hawaii Mountain Club in 2015 and the vegetation has really taken over. It took us 6 hours to do this 5.3 mile loop. The west leg of the trail, from the parking lot to the top of Wiliwilinui is well marked and very doable. But do not do the east leg of this trail unless you really enjoy the suck.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Not hard, just steep, a little overgrown with uluhe in some areas, bring pants if you care about scratches, completed the loop in 2:50... look at my profile for pics!

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Did the loop starting with the East route first...not sure if that is the best way,,,,just what I did. I did get off the path soon after making the turn to the east path, not as marked as well, that or I missed the mark. Did a little off trail hiking using the Alltrails app on the cell to get me back. The first portion of the east trail very steep and exposed, so be sure to have sunscreen.

After a while, you are in the shade and will be in the shade for the most part up to the summit of Wailupe. Got pretty steep right before the summit to Wailupe. Very little to no mud today, which was a welcome relief after the last few hikes I have done. Took the KST portion slow, and there is only 1 section on the KST that was tricky, wish there was a rope there.

On the way down which uses the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail, I did not locate the right turn off going down back to finish the loop. Did a long section going down off trail where it was very steep down going from tree to tree. Using the app again saved me as I was finally able to locate the correct way down...still very steep down but much more manageable.

Final note on the east ridge getting to Wailupe, is seldom used and at parts a little overgrown. Not sure why it is not used more, is a really good climb. Bring tons of water, you will need it!

Sunday, February 05, 2017

A rarely use trail that traverses up Wailupe's middle ridge to the Koolau Summit. You gain about 2,400' in about 2 miles so yes, it can get quite steep. A lot of native plants. We did not do the loop, just out and back. Guaranteed a good workout.

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

While there wasn't many view points to look at the valley, mountains, or ocean, there's lots of creek views, tropical foliage, flowers, bamboo forest, tropical fruits, avocado, etc... Not really a hard hike (I made it back to the pine forest), but not easy. Lots of roots and rocks, some mud. I'd like to go if I have more time, go a bit further back.

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

As a novice hiker, I will never do this hike again. I'm lucky to have made it out with only a few scrapes and bruises. From the beginning, we were worried. The entrance to the trail is right in someone's drive way. Once you enter, there is a fence covered in green tarp with graffiti all over it. If you persevere, you find yourself surrounded by beautiful bamboo, but that's where the fun stopped for us. It was practically a mosquito breeding ground. They ate good yesterday. They snacked through our repellant and our clothes. All of a sudden, the trail tags changed from pink to orange, then randomly purple. We felt okay because we were seeing tags, but we found ourselves rock climbing up an algae covered river bed (also chalk full of mosquitos and ants) and decided to turn around and found a halfhearted trail off to the side marked with orange tags. At this point we realized we were lost. We kept pushing as we lost daylight, and found ourselves hanging on for dear life off of the side of an almost vertical cliff. We jumped from tree to tree, hoping we don't fall onto the bed of slippery rocks below us. Thank goodness to whoever tied a rope to the trees deep in the forest. I have never been so happy to have my two feet planted on the ground again once we repelled down the rope. We pulled our maps out and headed south back to the trail head with thousands of bug bites, bloody arms, and a vow to never do this trail again.

camping
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Great hike. Easy to find the trail head at the end of Hao St. I drove my moped here from town too :)
Surprisingly difficult when you start going up Wailupe Ridge. If you have rope, I'd bring it. I only did one hour up and one back but made it up pretty far! Great views and wild life (saw a Jackson's Chameleon right at the beginning).
The trail is well marked with pink ribbons and bottle caps.

hiking
Monday, February 09, 2015

Great hike. Difficult. Took me 6 hours.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Difficult, with a very steep ascent up Wailupe ridgeline. Koolau summit trail crossing involved, then a very steep descent. Took 6 hours.

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