The Kuli`ou`ou Ridge Trail traverses through an assortment of exotic vegetation typical of arid areas: Christmas berry, formosa koa, ironwood, Norfolk pine and guava. Beyond the shelter and the guava forest, the trail breaks out of the canopy and into uluhe-o`hia-koa-lama forest. This upper section of trail offers an almost 360 degree view of the island. Return is by the same route. Beginner hikers are welcome to stop at the picnic table and turn around to avoid the 280 steps to the summit.
Ability Level: INTERMEDIATE+, or beginner trail to picnic table.
Distance/Elevation: About 4.5 mile out-and-back with 1700' of ascent. Intermediate+ due to elevation change. It's a good workout.
Dangers: Some steep drop-offs, slippery tree roots.
Recommendations: Shoes with good grip, 2 liters of water, sunscreen, hat, windbreaker for the summit.
Directions: From Honolulu, head east on the H1. Continue onto HI-72 for about 3.9 miles. Turn left onto Kuliouou Road, for 0.4 miles. Turn right to stay on Kuliouou Road for 0.6 mi. Turn right onto Kalaau Place. Look for parking, meet at the end of the cul-de-sac.
WARNING: Police have been ticketing cars parked too close to driveways (within 4 feet). As always with parking in residential neighborhoods, please keep your conversations at a whisper until you reach the trail.
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/).