Poamoho Cabin

by kenji SAITO on May 4, 2024

We spent a weekend in the mountains. Glamping.

Poamoho Road

Poamoho Road

Backing up the truck from a mud pit to a mud stop. Small difference.

Poamoho Road

Poamoho Road

When one doesn’t have a rain jacket, a sun visor will make do in a pinch.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Group photo at the trailhead. Already wet.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Mari passing the trail marker.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Going through the gates meant to filter only hikers onto the trail.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Looking out into the vast expanse of the rain soaked Ewa Forest Reserve.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Traversing over an old landslide area, still bereft of vegetation.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Mud on the trail. A constant theme for the weekend.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Halfway point. Are we there yet?

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Approaching the trail section that saw the most impact from the landslides that hit the area back in 2021.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Rounding the bend in the trail.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Looking at the flowing Poamoho Falls in the distance that we had just hiked to last week.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

The maintained trail has made further inroads into the trail from our last visit.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Heading into the side gulch with the stream crossing.

Cline Memorial

Cline Memorial

Approaching the Cline Memorial framed with lobelia of mountain past.

Poamoho Summit

Poamoho Summit

Summit photo at the 2,520′ grassy hump.

Ko'olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Ko’olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Stepping on the boardwalk.

KSRT

KSRT

Rain showers rolling in from Ka’a’awa Valley.

KSRT

KSRT

Approaching the oldest cabin on the KST.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

We took off our wet clothes, fired up the stoves and started cooking chicken papaya, steak and shrimp. Soda on the side. Mahalo Chef Suzuki!

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

A burner stove not only heats up food, but wet clothes and pillows as well.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

Cabin life.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

Sunday – May 5, 2024
Akira practicing proper dental hygiene while greeting the sunrise.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

One of these was not the part of our breakfast.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

When you got to go. Hope it wasn’t the escargot.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

Cleaned up the cabin. Bagged our trash. Put back our wet clothes and shoes on our warm and dry bodies. Ready to get back in the mud.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

Somebody just couldn’t get off on the right foot in the morning.

Poamoho Cabin

Poamoho Cabin

Thanks for the five-star mountain hospitality!

KSRT

KSRT

Mountain views in the morning.

KSRT

KSRT

Looking down into the swollen marsh.

KSRT

KSRT

Mari transitioning from the Leeward side to the Windward side of the trail.

Poamoho Summit

Poamoho Summit

It was a chore to reach the wind blasted summit. The winds were howling something fierce.

Poamoho Summit

Poamoho Summit

Somebody was holding on for dear life. No exaggeration.

Poamoho Summit

Poamoho Summit

The Foolish Four at the 2,520′ summit. The gusting winds snatched the cap and sunglasses off my head and sent it sailing into the bushes. Thanks to Brian for retrieving them.

Cline Memorial

Cline Memorial

We retreated to the defilade and the protection from the wind afforded by the memorial that was built in 1978 by stones that were individually carried by Cline’s friends.

Poamoho Stream

Poamoho Stream

Crossing back over the stream as we left the windy summit.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Following the fence back out.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Low clearance on the trail.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Traversing the uluhe carpeted trail.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Halfway there!

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Tracking mud in and out.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

Somebody’s burden became somebody else’s burden.

Poamoho Trail

Poamoho Trail

End of trail.

All pau

All pau

We threw our stuff in the truck and drove back down the muddy road. Stopped at Green World Coffee Farm to get caffeinated and sugar kick in the form of coffee drinks and shave ice. Post hike meal at Chicken in a Barrel. Our fun glamping weekend hike covered a little over six miles with good friends and good food.

Photos taken by Akira Suzuki, Brian and Kilani Hudson, Chico Cantu, Mari Saito, Tessa Bugay, and yours truly. Not necessarily in order.

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. One should also always let somebody know of your hiking plans in case something doesn’t go as planned, better safe than sorry.

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