|DATE:||March 8, 1997||WEATHER:||sunny, clear, slight winds,||HIKERS:||Daryn Ohta, Grant Tokumi, David Koseki|
The views are incredible, overlooking the windward coast from Kailua all
the way to Makapuu. The strange steep profile of the third peak also
makes an interesting site. The trail to the first peak involves some
mild rock climbing with the aid of ropes, but is not too dangerous. You
can capture all the views from the first peak already, but the trail does
continue to the second and third peak if you want to continue. The view
at the second peak doesn't get better because trees block a lot of the
views. Going from the second peak to the third peak is the most
treacherous part of the hike. But when you see it, it kind of calls to
you, "Come to me, climb me". The pictures can probably show how narrow
the ridges are, and some parts require some nerve testing rock climbing.
Luckily some ropes are laid out to help in some of the dangerous areas.
Be very careful if you attempt the hike to the third peak. However, the
reward and feeling of self -accomplishment is well worth the effort.
The entire trek took us 6 hours; 3 hours in, a 1 hour lunch break, and a 2 hour return trip. The return trip would probably be shorter (because its mostly downhill), but we took some long break coming back.
Recommended book for hiking directions on Olomana