OHE February 8, 1999 (Papali Ridge)

Date: Mon, 8 Feb 1999 08:42:30 -1000
From: "STONE, J. BRANDON" (802005%cchpd@co.honolulu.hi.us>
Subject: papali ridge/ohe-l


I've written before about Papali Ridge (7-20-98 and 8-17-98). Some friends and I reopened this Hauula trail last year and last Saturday, Feb 6, a group of us went back to look at the native plants and the native views. The day was very windy and mostly overcast, but not a drop of rain fell on us.

I would encourage OHEers to try this trail now. My long loppers cleared out a lot of aliens (guava, Christmas berry, umbrella tree) and the initial portion of the ridge above the well-known Papali Loop is now much clearer of these pests than before. We added some ribbons, too, though the route is obvious.

Access is easy. Just go up the Hauula Papali Loop trail, but do it counterclockwise instead of clockwise. When you get to the highest, farthest point of the loop trail, simply leave the standard, wide-cleared DLNR trail and head straight up the ridge. The way should be obvious; if it's not, you're in the wrong place. Ma'akua Gulch is on your right all the way as you ascend. Eventually, the smaller gulch on your left, Papali Gulch, starts to peter out and the trail veers to the left, crosses the back (i.e., the head) of Papali Gulch, crosses the back of Punaiki Gulch, and then joins the Pu'u Kamapua'a Trail which runs makai/mauka between Pu'u Waiahilahila (aka the Nipple) and the upper part of the Castle Trail.

We moved very slowly on Saturday, botanizing and clearing, so it took us about four hours to ascend the Papali Ridge Trail and to get to our lunch spot a few minutes up the Pu'u Kamapua'a Trail on a 2080' knoll with great views of the surrounding territory. If you were hiking straight through, I'd think 2 1/2 hours would suffice to get up there.


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