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Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike

Oahu, HI
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Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike, Oahu Hawaii

Description

The Hawaii Loa Ridge Hike takes you along the top of a ridge, with sweeping ocean and valley views on either side! Because you are already at the top of the ridge when you begin this hike, it is less strenuous than other hikes.
Unfortunately, only Hawaii residents and military personnel are admitted, so you need at least one person with Hawaii or military ID with you.
Thick forests and grasses await you and some birds that sing sweetly. You can hike for 2.5 miles along the red-dirt ridge (the last mile is very strenuous). Ironwood trees, Cook Island pines, and occasional ridgetop mist add to the intense mood of this hike. The sound of the wind in the trees is just incredible- come here just for that pleasure. There are also ripe yellow cherry guavas in the trees in late summer. On a hot day, come here for the strong cool breeze that is sure to cool you down!
After your hike, satisfy your hunger at one of the Hawaii Kai Places to Eat.
Last time I was here there was a strange man with no clothes hiking who kept waiting around the corner for us- so don't come alone, and bring your dog as well.

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The red dirt.
The red dirt.
Bougainvillea at the guard shack.
Bougainvillea at the guard shack.
Grassy spot with view over the ocean.
Grassy spot with view over the ocean.
View of Diamond Head crater and the coastline at Kahala.
View of Diamond Head crater and the coastline at Kahala.
Clouds over the valley.
Clouds over the valley.
Blissful trail!
Blissful trail!
Pathway through the trees.
Pathway through the trees.
Such pretty views of greenery!
Such pretty views of greenery!
Pathway and trees.
Pathway and trees.
Green and blue...the grass and ocean beyond.
Green and blue...the grass and ocean beyond.
Forest walkway.
Forest walkway.
Cherry guava bush, with Koko Head behind.
Cherry guava bush, with Koko Head behind.
Long grasses on the trail.
Long grasses on the trail.
   

Directions

From Kalanianaole Hwy, turn onto Puuikena Drive. Tell the guard that you are hiking the trail. He will check your Hawaii driver's license, Hawaii state ID, or military ID before letting you in. Proceed to the very end of the road and park at the trailhead, to the left of the watertank.

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Last Updated Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:13:59 GMT