OHE February 14, 1998

Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 23:09:46 -1000
From: "Dayle K. Turner" (turner@hawaii.edu>
Subject: Ohulehule southeast ridge

Joined Pat Rorie, Arnold Fujioka, and Gary Ehara for a hike up Ohulehule's southeast ridge today (2/14, Saturday). With sunny skies overhead and light winds from the north, we left our vehicles on Kamehameha Highway between Waikane and Coral Kingdom and set off at 8:30 a.m.

Initially, we had to walk by a couple houses with yelping dogs but soon enough we were by them and ascending steeply through a dark forest then adjacent to an eroded gulley to Pu'u Pueo (elev. 645).

Thereafter, the trail stuck to the ridgeline, a typical Oahu rollercoaster. The route featured a slew of marvelous Kalena-like dikes, some which we went over the top of and others we contoured around. One dike we scaled looked insanely steep at a glance but is doable. Arnold and Gary snapped some nice pics of this section.

At times, the ridge narrowed considerably, akin to a section of the descent to Kahana from Turnover on the Manamana hike. Take away the trailside flora and today's hike would be scarier than Freddy Krueger. Thankfully, however, the vegetation was plentiful, creating a sense of security.

We did our share of trail clearing today, felling branches, snipping roots, and chopping assorted vegetation encroaching on the route. And we reached the base of the steep, eroded section at the foot of Ohulehule's bulk where ropes will be needed to advance further safely. We needed 3.5 hours to reach that point. Since the trail is better cleared now, one can probably cover the same ground in maybe 30-60 minutes less on future outings. We didn't see many signs that others have hiked the route recently but did locate a couple of old ribbons, perhaps remnants of HTMC hikes years ago.

We spent an hour and a half at Ohulehule's base, eyeing the upslope ascent route, eating lunch, talking story, and enjoying the views of Kaneohe Bay, Mokolii Island, the cloudfree Koolau summit crest, Kaaawa, Hakipuu, and Waikane valleys, and the awesome peaks Manamana and Kanehoalani. Some brisk trade winds would have been welcome but the scenery more than made up for the warm conditions.

We began the return trip at 1:45 and arrived back at our vehicles at 3:45. In all, a great hike.

--DKT


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