Ascent of Puu Kaua on 2017-05-02

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Larry Clemente
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
Peak:Puu Kaua
    Elevation:2360 ft / 719 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail completely disappears around 2400 ft on Maunauna Ridge on the way up Pu'u Kanehoe. Turned into a miserable bushwhack. Our original goal was to go up via Maunauna Ridge to Pu'u Kanehoe then follow the ridge to Puu Kaua, then down the east ridge to Honouliuli Contour Trail. Not even close for us. After we bailed on Maunauna Ridge, we tried to follow the Honouliuli Contour Trail to the east ridge trail. We didn't go far before the trail turned to bushwhacking and washed out sidehilling. Screw it. We should have gone straight up the east ridge, which has a semi-decent use trail from a quick google search. Oh well... We were hungry and wanted to get some snorkel time in... Onward to Mike's Kiawe Broiled Huli Huli Chicken and snorkeling to Chinaman's Hat!

For future hikers: there is a better use trail that ascends the steep ridge that drops directly ENE from the summit. It can be accessed using farm roads from Kunia. If I were to go for this one again, I would go that way. I googled a TR or two on the internet that took that route after we failed on our route. I somehow even found a topo map of this route but unwisely decided that this would be my alternate route. After the primary route went so well for so long before turning to crap, we were committed. Lesson learned. Bob Burd: This one is all yours to bag first. - James Pics
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1360 ft / 414 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1360 ft / 414 m
    Route:Maunauna Ridge
    Start Trailhead:1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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