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aiea ridge


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loop-ridge turnoff

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H3 freeway

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townward ridges

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Gail, Elise & Jim

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flowering ie'ie

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This hike starts with the Aiea Loop trail.  After about a mile in you come to a right bend in the trail with a trail heading up a small gully.   That trail splits two ways, the left heads back around the side of the mountain to aiea ridge, the other???  I got to this point and thought, "hey, the ridge looks about 300 yards back where we came from!"  but we were actually on the right track.

The ridge trail starts off gradually heading downslope for quite aways.   It's not difficult in anyway and there are very few steep sections.  You're mostly following along the ridge to the left of the H3 freeway.  While heading up if you look townward you can see the ridges of Halawa, Tripler and Bowman!

About 2/3 of the way in is Pu'u Kawipo'o.  (that big hill you see from the start of the ridge hike).  From there things get wild!  Not difficult but the ridges are wide open with uluhe and ie'ie covered slopes!  You can see so many different directions!

The remainder of the hike is climbing up and down peaks through some seriously eroded paths!  If it were to rain, you'd be walking in a river!  When we finally got to the top it was all socked in!  Bummers!  I bet the views would have been really nice!  While going back down we kept looking back thinking it was starting to clear and considered heading back up, but the clouds would just come right back in and obscure the peaks.  Oh well, I've accepted that I must do each of these hikes at least twice.   Once cloudy and once clear.

Date:  July 26, 1998
Time Duration:  6.5hours
Difficulty:  Green
Danger: Green

Notes:  The hike seemed longer than it really was because it is quite winding.   It was also very muddy!  This increases your hike time a lot when you're trying not to actually wade through the pools which are everywhere!  I would not go within 4 days of a big rain.  Saw a lot of amakihi right from the start of the ridge.

These three people in the picture are the one I go hiking with most.  Gail's been hiking for awhile.  Elise and Jim started about the same time as me (around May 98)