Ohikilolo to Ka’ala Road

by kenji SAITO on October 8, 2017

Hiking Ohikilolo to Ka'ala Road

West side is the best side, especially for hiking. Thanks to Jasmin for dropping Alexis, Annalyn, Ferlino and myself off in Kea’au.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Starting our dawn retreat into the valley.

Ohikilolo Valley

Ohikilolo Valley

Party of four for the horseback adventure tours? It’s amazing how a few years can commercialize this valley.

Ohikilolo Valley

Ohikilolo Valley

Hiking on the rocky, dirt road with views of Kaena Point in the distance.

Ohikilolo Valley

Ohikilolo Valley

Going off the beaten trail into the bushes and the fence line.

Ohikilolo Valley

Ohikilolo Valley

Hunter’s tree stand doubling as a flag pole. Photo by Analyn Baliscao.

Ridge

Ridge

Leaving the valley floor and vegetation behind as they soon yielded to the rocky spur ridge.

Ridge

Ridge

Contouring and climbing our way up the short and steep spur ridge that was punctuated with rugged dikes. Photo by Alexis Widick.

Ridge

Ridge

Looking back at the ocean views along with the bleating sounds of goats bouncing around the valley.

Ridge

Ridge

Alexis scrambling her way up to the ridge line.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Time to give our fingers a work out on the fenced ridge line.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

But let’s take a fence selfie first. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Going up in the shadow of the sun.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

The ridge separating Makua and Ohikilolo Valleys.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

I was pleasantly surprised to find no decomposing goats as we made our steady climb up the ridge.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Crossing an open section of the ridge before plunging into the mixed forested area right before the summit.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ferlino mingling with the swarm of dragonflies that were dancing and darting around us at the broad clearing before the cabin. Photo by Analyn Baliscao.

Ohikilolo Cabin

Ohikilolo Cabin

Closed for business. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Ohikilolo Outhouse

Ohikilolo Outhouse

Open for business. BYOTP.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Looking ahead to the triangular peak of scooped out brains.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Keeping close to the fence line as the eroded ridge dropped off towards Kea’au.

Ohikilolo Summit

Ohikilolo Summit

Group photo at the 3,052′ peak, left to right: Alexis, myself, Ferlino and Analyn. Clear views of Makua, Makaha and Ohikilolo Valleys were revolving around us, a primer for the upcoming Three Corners summit.

Ohikilolo Summit

Ohikilolo Summit

Dropping off the peak. Photo by Alexis Widick.

Ohikilolo

Ohikilolo

Zig zagging our way down the severely eroded back side.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Back on the fence line.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Fences for days. Photo by Alexis Widick.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

All fences lead to Ka’ala. Photo by Alexis Widick.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

The ridge widened enough to a point to take a scenic break.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ferlino standing on the crumbly rock dragon. Photo by Analyn Baliscao.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

The ridge continued to thin out in most sections, made even thinner with the fence line taking up valuable real estate.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Descending down the ridge with the help of the handy fence line.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Looking ahead to Pueo Falls deep in Makaha Valley.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Analyn straddling the fence from the Windward to the Leeward side to contour around a boulder that interrupted the fence line.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

I heard somebody yelling at us from Three Corners. Turned out to be Chris and Ted who had hiked in from Mokuleia.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Analyn contouring her way between the boulder and the fence line.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Preparing to climb up the steepest section of the fenced ridge.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Looking back at the rest of the group making their way up.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Rat country.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Twin views of Makaha and Makua Valleys.

Ohikilolo Ridge

Ohikilolo Ridge

Making the final push towards the summit.

Three Corners

Three Corners

Views of Makua, Makaha and Mokuleia valleys spinning around us.

Ridge

Ridge

Thirty minutes of bushwhacking hell through the tangled mess of dense uluhe ferns and thorny thimbleberry plants lay ahead of us.

Ridge

Ridge

We could finally see the road for the uluhe ferns, but not the see the mountain for the clouds.

Ridge

Ridge

Alexis descending down through a corridor of uluhell ferns.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

The original plan was to exit from the Waianae Kaala Trail, but time and safety considerations dictated the easier option down.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

Walking down the five miles of paved road with mountain views.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

Road mirrors are good for blind turns and group selfies.

Pig Country

Pig Country

Barking loudly and carrying a big stick while walking down the road. Photo by Alexis Widick.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

Color check at the cow sign.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

Oops. It’s too late to turn back. Photo by Alexis Widick.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

The walk down the road soon turned into a farmers market hike with avocados and java plums being plucked and picked from the roadside.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

Hey guys, you don’t want to harvest some honey? Oh wait, those are wasps. Never mind. Photo by Alexis Widick.

Cow Problem #1

Cow Problem #1

We saw a herd of cows blocking the road. Cover the backpack and replace the shirt. Patience is a virtue as they soon grew bored of watching us and moved off to greener pastures.

Cow Problem #2

Cow Problem #2

I was walking down the road when Alexis yelled to let me know that a big, black cow was charging its way through the field towards my general direction. However, when the cow hooved the road, it looked at me and the rest of the group and decided to investigate the group, who promptly scattered up the hill. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Cow Problem #3

Cow Problem #3

Further down the road, we saw a big bull blocking the road ahead of us, as his herd was crossing the road to move off to greener pastures as well. Patience was a virtue, yet again. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Ka'ala Road

Ka’ala Road

I think we had our fill of pigs, cows, dogs and an angry farmer today. It was not a good day at Old McDonald’s farm. Photo by Alexis Widick.

All pau

All pau

Now all we had to do was wait for our ride. Sit down and wait. Wave at the passing cars and wait. Stand up and wait. Calling other options and wait. Sit down and wait. Thanks to Jasmin for picking us up despite the navigational and directional challenges.

GPS Tracks

GPS Tracks

We hiked 10.18 miles from Kea’au to Mokuleia on our coast to coast trek. Amazing adventure with good friends. Post hike meal at Restaurant Kunio. The long wait time was somewhat sated by extra helpings of their ono garlic edamame.

Note: I have been made aware that some hikers have been using my blog as a hiking guide and getting lost on the trails. Please note that this blog was made to document the hike for the crew(s) that did it. That is why some of my comments will seem to have no relevance or meaning to anybody outside of the crew(s) that hiked that trail. My blog was never meant as a hiking guide, so please do not treat it as such. If you find inspiration and entertainment from these hikes, that is more than enough. If you plan on replicating these hikes, do so in the knowledge that you should do your own research accordingly as trail conditions, access, legalities and so forth are constantly in flux. What was current today is most likely yesterdays news. Please be prepared to accept any risks and responsibilities on your own as you should know your own limitations, experience and abilities before you even set foot on a trail, as even the “simplest” or “easiest” of trails can present potential pitfalls for even the most “experienced” hikers.

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