Hawaii Loa Ridge
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Member Reviews (3)
- Hawaii Loa RidgeMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesBackpackers+ 1Feb 19, 2014
What an amazing view of the windward side of the island! It was definitely worth the strenuously steep hike to get there. Lucky for us it wasn't raining, although there were definitely some threatening clouds.
If it is raining the day you attempt this hike, I would highly recommend turning your butt around and try another day. The dirt trail is not packed well and there are signs of high erosion, even when dry. Even though my friends had good traction shoes, there were a few foot slips here and there. Be careful!
It would also good to note that the guards only have 10 passes for visiting hikers. So either make sure you get there early, carpool or be prepared to wait.
Took me and my buddies around 3 hours round trip, including some picture and water stops along the way. Going up took us about 2 hours and 1 hour coming down.
Expect a very narrow trail that weaves in and out of shade. The wind is very strong so secure everything if unless you want to pay materialistic homage to the wind gods. Some sections are steep enough that ropes have been installed to help you get up and down, giving your arm a workout for a change.
Most of all, bring your camera. The top will be worth capturing the moment. Happy hiking!Recommended for:Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Hawaii Loa RidgeCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 01, 2012
This is an intermediate to tough hike! Getting to the trailhead requires you to be a Hawaii Resident with ID, military personnel with ID, or proof that you live in the Hawaii Loa community. You can not stop or park along the streets. but you can park at the designated parking stalls for the trail. The hike starts out fairly ok and gets harder with steeper climbs, around the last half mile are areas where you're going up with ropes. Hiking gloves and spikes on your shoes help as it can get slick and wet with the occasional rain shower.
- Hawaii Loa RidgeFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
HIKE (Moderate/Difficult) We left for HAWAII LOA RIDGE, sick crazy trek up to the top of the Ko'olau Mountain range at about 2,500 feet or so above sea level. This trek is amazingly beautiful and you will be able to see everything from Diamond Head to Chinamans Hat. The last mile becomes very steep and difficult but no pain no gain right? This Hike will test anyone looking for a challenging hike...all that is missing is a waterfall. Please note, this hike starts in a the private community of Hawaii Loa and has a guard station that you must stop at before reaching the top to park for the hike. Im afraid if you dont have a HAWAII ID, MILITARY ID or have someone with you in your party that does you CAN'T get past the guard station. Sorry, and dont get me started...There are a few things that don't make sense here in paradise and it all started with the stealing of Hawaiian lands in the first place. If you can hit this hike...NO DOUBT...IT'S A MUST!