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Saturday Morning Hike -- Manoa Cliff and Moleka Trails


View from meeting place Pu'u Ualaka'a

Description:  The view from Pu'u Ualaka'a is worth this trip alone.  One of the best views in Oahu and a "Must Do."  The Manoa Cliff and Moleka Trails border the Tantalus Crater.  Along the path there are lots of flowers and native plants, bamboo.  Some of them are labeled with signs explaining the flora. Also there are great views of Manoa Valley and the Koolau Range.  This hike begins at the Pu'u Ualaka'a State Park.  The Moleka Trail is a shady trail through forest and bamboo groves.  The Manoa Cliff Trail traverses a spectacular precipice on the west side of Manoa Valley.  We might return by the Puu Ohia trail to make this a loop.  Bring water and proper foot wear.

Trail length: About 4 Miles

Type: Loop on single track trail -- some slippery footing. 

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous depending on your condition, about 900 foot ascent

Dangers: Some slippery conditions, poles recommended.

Time: About 2-3 hours

Directions to Trailhead: From the H1, Take exit 23 for Punahou St toward Waikiki/Manoa, Turn left onto Punahou St for 0.4 mi then turn left onto Nehoa St  0.2 mi, Take the 2nd right onto Makiki St for 0.2 mi then take the 2nd left onto Round Top Drive.  Follow Round Top for about 2.5 miles to the entrance on the left.  Meet at the Picnic Area Parking Lot.  3198 Round Top Dr.  We will hike from there.

Dogs: Dogs are Allowed always on leash.

You must RSVP to attend this event, no exceptions.

Walking around outdoors and hiking carries inherent risks, like sun burn, bee sting,  falling down, the dreaded 'hat hair'... umm... broken bones, falling off cliffs or into a sinkhole. You could get a twisted ankle or Birds might poop on you.  Hike within your limits, know your surrounding, have a plan, go with a partner. Always carry extra water and hike within your limitations.







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  • Bob C.

    Quite a lot of traffic!

    December 7, 2013

  • Bob C.

    All - I'm running a few minutes late. I will see you soon.

    December 7, 2013

  • Angela

    Sorry. Too much drinking at holiday party :/

    December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming from Ewa and will be happy to pick up people along the way. Give me a call if you want a ride[masked]

    December 6, 2013

  • Donna

    Can't make the reschedule date. Have fun

    December 6, 2013

  • Mike

    me and mei are gonna be in the hawaii kai parade w/hui ilio people. have fun!

    bob, this trail is part of a system which connects many routes together. http://www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw/TrailMaps/MAukaTrail.htm you can do it many different ways.

    also, we don't have snakes in hawaii (your disclaimer paragraph).

    aiea lp trail was great.

    November 25, 2013

    • Mike

      as far as i know most trails are dogs allowed on leash.

      November 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anyone want to carpool from the Pearl City/Aiea area? Please call/text me if so. Ericka[masked]

      December 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, something came up. Will we be doing this again sometime?

    December 4, 2013

  • Anna K.

    sounds good. Would I be able to get there by public transport from Waikiki?

    November 25, 2013

    • Bob C.

      Anna I can meet you at the Starbucks at Safeway -- 1234 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI ‎ at 8:00 a.m. How does that sound? Bob

      November 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I live in Waikiki, I will pick you up if you want.

      November 28, 2013

  • Anna K.

    Great, would definitely like to join

    November 26, 2013

  • Donna

    Sounds fun.

    1 · November 26, 2013

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