May 8, 1997
cool, slight rain
Kamal Pope, Kat, Daryn Ohta, Johnson Cheng, April,
, Christine Young
The trail begins on the Aiea Loop Trail. A turn off from the Aiea
Loop Trail leads to the Kalauao hike where you start to descend down into
the valley. The trail becomes steep like the picture kinda shows as you
go down the mountain.
Walking in a diagonal or sideways direction is a good way to go down steep
slopes with slippery surfaces. Daryn and friends saying "WASSUP!!"
The hike was pretty muddy that day. The brief showers that fell on us
didn't make things any better either. Christine pausing to say hello.
At the bottom of the valley, you reach a stream. You then have to hike up
the stream some ways before you reach the swim hole. The rocks are super
slippery so be careful when walking on them. Here's Kat and Kamal
cruising by an interesting tree that actually rooted itself around a large
Abracadabra!!! Here's 7 of me cooling off after a long hike (Photoshop is
a wonderful program). The steam was pretty dry that day. At least the
falls at the swim hole was running a little bit. It should be flowing
much stronger. The area by the waterfall is usually deep enough (the
water level was low that day) so you can have a "suicide" dive contest
into the pool from the high ledges.
There's nothing like a rewarding swim after a long hike. This hike is
maybe an intermediate level hike. When returning, you can either turn
around and come back the way you came, or continue forward. The trail
loops around and brings you back to another part of the Aiea Loop Trail.
Don't forget to bring your swim gear and towel.
Recommended book for hiking directions on Kalauao
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