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Kuli`ou`ou Ridge

February 11th, 2001

Another Hike guided by master hiker and doctor Landis Lum. Again with only a little over one weeks notice Dr. Lum challenged the mighty hikers to climb Kuli`ou`ou Ridge. Its a 5 mile round trip with an elevation gain of about 2000 feet. In his book "The Hikers Guide to O`ahu", Stuart Ball classifies it as: Novice, Intermediate, and Expert. I'd drop the expert. He rates the danger level as High. NO WAY, unless you want to count the steep drop off on the windward side once you reach the VERY TOP!.

The hike itself is mellow, but very UP. It took me two hours to get to the top, and some of the younger better in shape people did it in about one and a half hours. I did not think it was all that hard, and will myself sponcer this hike at another time with a months notice so more people can make it.

The trail head is at the end of Kala`au Place deep in Kuli`ou`ou Valley, elevation is about 250 feet above sea level. Get yourself a good map and you can find it without much trouble. Follow the road in the below picture to the left. After a while there is a dirt/grassy road on your right.

We began out hike at about 1:20 pm as our fearless leader had an early basketball game to play.

Follow it as it narrows into a trail.