OHE February 3, 1999 (Central & Northern Koolaus)

Date:	Wed, 3 Feb 1999 09:53:21 -1000
From:	Patrick Rorie (prorie@mailhost.k12.hi.us>
Subject: Re: Waialae Nui to Mt. Olympus

On Mon, 01 Feb 1999, Mark Short wrote...

> Enjoyed the write up Kirby. It's been a while since I've had any of
> that great summit stuff. Now I'm motivated to get back up there. Once
> you're at the top there is definately something that makes you want
> to stay.

The East Ko'olau Range is nice but the Central and Northern Ko'olau Summit Ridge is where its at including the CCC trails that get you there. Give the Ko'olau Summit Trail (CCC 1934-36) a try as well as Kipapa Ridge (CCC 1934-35), Waikane (CCC? 19??), Schofield (U.S. Army circa 1920), Poamoho (CCC 1935), Kawailoa Ridge (CCC 1934), Laie (CCC 1935), and Castle (CCC 1934). Realize, however, that the following conditions exist...

Kipapa Ridge - In 1997 OHE-L member Peter Caldwell acquired permission from the owner of Koa Ridge Ranch for a group of us to begin the hike from the trailhead which is a few yards mauka of the ranch. An old DLNR sign marks the spot. However, if one studies a topo map, he/she can figure out how to bypass the ranch to get to the trail. The latter option adds more distance to an already long hike and involves trespassing.

Waikane - Although trespassing is involved, this trail is one of the easiest to access. Be prepared for a three mile dirt road walk prior to reaching the trailhead.

Schofield - (aka Schofield-Waikane) is in relatively good shape and a regular in the yearly HTMC hiking schedule. Get permission from the Army or hike with HTMC.

Poamoho - A regular Sierra Club outing, Poamoho is the fastest way to the KST, esp. if one can drive to the trailhead using a 4x4. Furthermore, it is in the best condition of all the trails mentioned in this post. Technically, one must trespass if he/she does not go with the Sierra Club. However, I have never been stopped and forced to turn around in route to the trailhead.

Kawailoa Ridge - Gates, gates, gates! If the gates are open, one can drive to the start of the hike. Its best to get dropped off and come down Laie. Next time we go to Palama Uka, I plan on exploring beyond Pu'u Kapu to see if there is a way to get to the trailhead from that direction.

Laie - The best combo of easy access and good trail conditions. HTMC regularly includes this trail in its yearly schedule of events.

Castle - A truck periodically patrols the Punaluu Valley road to the trailhead. If one is stopped, he/she will be strongly encouraged to turn around and depart the valley.

Ko'olau Summit Trail (KST) - Accessable from Pupukea, the Kahuku Trail (access problems and overgrowth), Malaekahana Ridge (overgrowth), Laie, Kawailoa Ridge, Castle, Peahinaia (condition of middle and upper sections unknown), Poamoho, Pu'u Pauao Ridge, Schofield, Waikane, and Kipapa Ridge. Warning: hikers have gotten lost on the KST, never to be seen again!

Realize, also, that Kipapa, Waikane, Kawailoa, Castle and the KST are a shell of what they used to be. Landslides and overgrown have inflicted much damage. They are, however, still worth hiking. It would be awesome to go back in time to the late 1930's to see what these trails looked like in their prime.

== Paka


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