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.
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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.