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Ascent of Konahuanui on 2013-12-05

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Bryan Behm
Laura Wegemann
Date:Thursday, December 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Konahuanui
    Location:USA-Hawaii
    Elevation:3150 ft / 960 m

Ascent Trip Report

Since I had nearly 3 full days on the island of Oahu, courtesy of the Navy, I figured I would make the most of it and bag both of the P2k peaks. I did Ka'ala on the day we arrived, went rock climbing the second day, and saved Konahuanui for the final day. I picked up my hiking partners at the ship in Pearl Harbor and a hotel in Waikiki and we made our way up Round Top Drive to the highest point where the Puu Ohia trail begins as it heads past Mt Tantalus. We followed this trail until it met pavement below Tantalus and then followed the pavement a short distance to a building and tower. The trail begins again around the left side of the fence around the building and we were back in the forest. we followed this trail for a while until the intersection with the Manoa Cliff Trail, continuing to the left (down) to a gate and the intersection with the Pauoa Flats Trail. There are 2 gates before the Pauoa Flats trail. Both are for pig control I think. Access is perfectly legal. At the end of the Pauoa Flats Trail, the real hike begins, just past the signs that warn hikers not to proceed further. There is a bench at this overlook. Continue into the brush where there is a metal pole and after 10 ft or so of pushing through the bushes, the trail opens up. A junction is reached shortly after this point. We ascended the left fork, which stays below the ridge (and out of the morning sun/heat) to the left/north of the ridge, joining the other fork after a while. The trail is steep in places, but never exposed as it makes its way up to the official benchmark point. The BM is not located on the highest of these twin peaks, so we needed to continue following the obvious trail north as it steeply descends the false summit and steeply ascends the actual summit. There is some exposure to the right (east) side, but nothing too nerve-rattling. Most flat spots on the trail are full of mud, but nothing more than ankle-deep on the day that we did this hike, as we found out trying to avoid the mud, but inevitably sliding right into it. Upon arrival at the summit, we had amazing views to the north along the Koolau Range. We also spotted Chinaman's Hat in the ocean below, our relaxation objective for later that afternoon. The views down to the east were blocked by clouds that the mountains were holding at bay to the east, failing to overtop the ridges and descend west into Honolulu. After a fresh fruit lunch on the summit, which I had procured alongside the road near Turtle Bay the day before, we were on our way down. The hike down was mostly in the sun until we got into the trees. We took the main ridge down at the split just to see different scenery. There are a few sections that you need to scramble up on the descent, but nothing exposed or challenging. I would recommend that future hikers go up one way and down the other to enjoy both options, though I liked the direct ridge a little better. We only saw 1 trail runner and 1 hiker from car to car. After changing out of our incredibly muddy clothes at the trailhead, we were off to Mike's Kiawe Broiled Huli Huli Chicken in Kahaluu for a late lunch. This place has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and succeeded in delivering some great roadside food before our relaxing snorkel at Kualoa, where we headed for Chinaman's Hat.

Of note, during this hike, I convinced one of my hiking companions, Bryan, to join peakbagger and begin working peak lists. Another one hooked and addicted!!

Mileage: 7.22
Time: 5 hrs 50 min
Max speed: 5.7 mph
Moving Avg: 1.8 mph
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1950 ft / 594 m
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1950 ft / 594 m
    Extra Loss:400 ft / 121 m
    Route:SW Ridge
    Trailhead:1600 ft / 487 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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