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Manana to the Ko`olau Summit! (Advanced)

Pack a lunch for this advanced-level Rainforest Ridge hike.  The views, birds and native plants make this one a Must Do so lets do it!

Trail length: 12 Miles Total

Type: Out and Back on Single Track Trail

Difficulty:Moderate to Strenuous with 1700 Foot ascent

Time: About 5-6 Hours

Description: The Manana Trail follows the ridge between Manana Valley and Waimano Valley through the rainforest for six miles to the summit of the Ko`olau Range. The trail is a remote, usually muddy, eroded ridge route. This hike takes in the first two miles of the trail over continuous saddles and humps to various overlooks. The trail passes through pristine groves of eucalyptus, guava, koa and a lush undergrowth of low shrubs, moss and ferns.  The latter half of the trail is not regularly maintained and will be difficult for inexperienced hikers.

Directions to Trailhead or meeting place:Take the H-1 towards Pearl.  Take exit 10,  Moanalua Rd toward Pearl City.  Proceed 1.2 miles, and turn right onto Waimano Home Rd.  Proceed 0.7 miles and turn left onto Komo Mai Dr.  Another 3 miles and arrive at 2590 Komo Mai Dr, Pearl City, HI 96782

Dangers: Slippery conditions typical of Hawaii.  The latter half of the trail is not regularly maintained and may be difficult for inexperienced hikers.

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 birds might poop on you. You could get a twisted ankle.. 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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  • Ray

    Ok I started at 9:15 am and followed people to the waterfall instead not bad bit slippery next time I will try this Mañana Trail

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will it be cancelled if it's raining?

    April 12, 2014

    • Bob C.

      Hi Teresa, the Hike is on!

      1 · April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah...sorry I chickened out. Have a blast !

      April 12, 2014

  • Ray

    Bob I will be late what's the formal start time over there?

    April 12, 2014

    • Bob C.

      Ray we will take off in a couple minutes please catch up with the group.

      April 12, 2014

  • Bob C.

    Weather forecast for scattered showers, 30% chance of rain. It's barely acceptable to start this hike Footing will be difficult. Bring poles and/or your best traction.

    April 12, 2014

    • Bob C.

      We are still on!

      April 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay! See you all there!

      April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone can give a ride to a guy from San Francisco. Not a ride from SF cuz dat be some ride. Will chip in for gas of course. I'm in Waikiki.

    1 · April 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    you can't believe how happy I am. I tried 3 times to do this over spring break and all 3 times my hiking buddies bailed!

    2 · April 5, 2014

    • Jorge

      I've heard that before Ashley about this hike. This is definitely a hike you must make plans for. One of my favorites not sure why but probably because of the trail once you get past the treeline, the grassy knoll is one of my favorite spots on and the bench before the picnic table. :)

      1 · April 5, 2014

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