TOTAL TIME: 3.5 hrs
PARTICIPANTS: “Sunburn” Samantha and Me
REHIKE VALUE: 5
Any hike described as the quickest access to the Ko'olau mountain range from the Honolulu side deserved to be checked out by yours truly. So far, the best route I’ve encountered was the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge because it was short, easy, and super rewarding.
I can testify that the Wiliwilinui trail is probably one of the most accessible trails I’ve ever been to. It may even have one of the safest parking areas being in a gated community. You’ll need a parking pass from the guard shack but it’s absolutely no hassle.
|"Sunburn" Samantha and me|
|Branches arch over, providing cool shade|
|As good as any trail can get|
|Stairs are in place, but rope offers additional help|
Although this is the quickest way to get to the Ko'olau summit, especially on a dry day, it is uninteresting at best. The greatest reward is in the view, but you can get those from other, more interesting hikes. Fail.
|Muddy climb to the summit|
|Up the mountain, away from the ocean|