Ascent of Hanakauhi on 2018-01-16

Climber: L Helzer

Date:Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Elevation:8907 ft / 2714 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day 1 - I started from the Halemau'u Trailhead and hiked the little over 4 miles and -1000ft of elevation down to the Holua backcountry campsite (free, but must register at the visitor center). That took me around 2.5 hours. I set up camp and admired the sunset.

Day 2 - I took the Halemau'u trail. I took the left fork north of Halali'i. Just past Kawilinau (65ft deep hole) I took a left on the "Unmaintained Trail". If I were to do it again, I'd probably stay on the Halemau'u trail a little longer. There appears (sat imagery) to be another trail that will get you to the ridge without bushwhacking. Anyway, I took the unmaintained trail to the bushes. At the bushes I headed east and bushwhacked to the south west ridge trying my best not to leave any tracks. I tried my best to avoid the sand and take the rocks where ever possible. There were a couple false summits that got me, but the views from the top were spectacular. I returned to camp roughly the same way, but took the Silversword Loop. Round trip from camp was around 9.3 miles and took 4h 15m.

Day3 - I got up at 3am, packed up and hiked out (2h 20m) to catch the sunrise. I didn't have the sunrise permit, but was betting they only checked at the gate.
That turned out to be the case. I took my jetboil, water, tea, and a camera and hiked to the small highpoint Pakaoao to watch the sunrise.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Time:2 Hours 10 Minutes

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