OHE May 9, 1998

Date: Sat, 9 May 1998 21:04:13 -1000
From: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net>
Subject: Keaau Burns

Planned to do Keaau Burns today. But was not feeling too good last night and so slept late, late, late. Arrived at the trail head only at 2:30 p.m.

"Burns" is survey marker marking a 1739' peak. There is a gentle ridge coming up from the beach park. On the Waianae topo, find "Keaau Homesteads", and start at the "o". Go up that broad gully, to avoid going steeply up the ridge, and then turn left to reach the ridge, and then go along the ridge to the 1739' peak.

From the highway, it looks like a jeep road going up the gully. It is actually an illusion. Vegetation is sparse and is even sparser as there was a major burn, but the footing consists mostly of boulders strewn all over. Took me about an hour to get to the ridge top itself.

From the ridgetop it looks like not to far to the top, and so I figured I might try to actually gain the top, in spite of the very late starting time. The ridge is gentle and easy. There are several rock outcrops to negotiate, and one can go either left or right, but I didn't even bother, and climbed them straight up and down, all of them.

After an hour, I got to the 1739' peak. Can see "Kapuhi New", "Keaau 2" (topout point of Skipole trail), and Puu Keaau (the one we did last Saturday). Puu Keaau blocks the rest of the range, and so could not see the Red Spot. There is a metal survey marker on the ground.

Looks like the topo maps don't lie: whenever they say there is marker, there is an actual marker on the ground. I'd love to see the "Kualoa" marker, on a lower peak of Kanehoalani, how thee heck did they put it up _that_ one???

Ate some fruit and departed. I chose to go down the broad gully itself rather than follow the ridge, as it looks like a manicured lawn from a distance. Well, there are no naturally occuring manicured lawn on Oahu, except on Waimalu Middle Ridge summit, but the boulders are manageable, and it took only 1.5 hours to get back to my car from the top.

Rather amazing that one can get to 1739' elevation in 3.5 hours on Oahu. I imagine that's unique, anyone can think of some other place that one can get to so quickly?? I was hiking very leisurely too today, and Paka time should be, divide by 3 !!


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