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From the back of back of Niu Valley (Laulaupoe Gulch) we will climb a steep spur ridge to access the Wiliwilinui Trail just a mile from the summit. After the climb to the summit, we head .4 miles east along the Ko'olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT) to the Wailupe Ridge which we descend back to Niu Valley where we started. Skill Level: ADVANCED Due to some steep drop offs which may unnerve those unaccustomed to the KSRT, this hike is not recommended for beginners and those afraid of heights. Type: Valley to ungraded ridges, loop hike Length: 5.5 miles Duration: About 5 hours Elevation gain: 2,247 ft Location: above Wai'alae Iki / Niu Valley Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult with 2,200+ ft ascent. Some steep parts with and without ropes. Dangers: Slippery conditions, narrow summit trail, exhaustion, dehydration, bushy overgrown KSRT. Recommendations: 3L of water, gloves, microspikes (store.hawaiihikinggroup.us), long pants, hat, sunblock, bug repellant. Disclaimer: If you join us for a hike, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. Read the full disclaimer here (https://www.meetup.com/HawaiiHiking/pages/20845334/Group_Legal_Disclaimer/).
Unlike the Ulumawao ridge hike we did in December, this more challenging hike reaches the true summit of Pu'u Ulumawao at 995 ft overlooking Olomana, the Pali, Kaneohe, and the Ko'olaus. Ability Level: INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED Location: Kailua Type: out and back Length: 2.5 miles Duration: 2.5 hours Sun / Shade Ratio: 40 / 60 Ascent: 850 ft Difficulty: Steep uphill, could be slippery coming down without spikes. Dangers: Slippery conditions, dangerous drop off near summit ... avoid the edge. Recommendations: gloves, shoes with good grip, microspikes 1-2 liters of water. Disclaimer: If you join us for a hike, please understand that you are responsible for your own preparedness and well-being and will hold no one else liable in case of injury or mishap. Read the full disclaimer here (https://www.meetup.com/HawaiiHiking/pages/20845334/Group_Legal_Disclaimer/).