Trail 79: Aiea Ridge Trail

PROFILE


 

  

 CLEARED - 04.23.2006

 RATING: MEDIUM/DIFFICULT

 LENGTH: 7h RT.

 

 CLASS: RIDGE

 LOCALE: AIEA HEIGHTS, 96701

 DIRECTIONS: AIEA HEIGHTS DR.

 ACCESS: OPEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROUND TRIP DISTANCE (MI.): 8.6
ALT VARIATION (FT.): 1096 - 2871

TRACK LOG: TRAIL079
START COORDINATE: 2123.912N, 15754.022W
END COORDINATE: 2125.231N, 15750.621W

 

DESCRIPTION:  BREAKING OFF FROM ITS POPULAR LOOP COUNTERPART, THE AIEA RIDGE TRAIL PARALLELS THE H-3 TO ASCEND THE TOP OF THE KOOLAU MOUNTAIN RANGE, DIRECTLY OVERLOOKING TEMPLE VALLEY, AHUIMANU, AND THE TOWN OF KANEOHE.

ALTHOUGH NOT QUITE AS STRENUOUS AS MANANA OR AS LONG AS WAIMANO, THIS CLASSIC RIDGE TRAIL IS A MODERATE COMBINATION OF THE TWO, OFFERING A UNIQUE BALANCE BETWEEN REWARD AND DIFFICULTY. THE AIEA RIDGE TRAIL BEGINS OFF THE LOOP TRAIL AT PU'U UAU (ELEV. 1656) AND IS FAIRLY GRADED TO THE FIRST INTIMIDATING FALSE SUMMIT, PU'U KAWIPOO (ELEV. 2441), WHICH SERVES AS A HELIPAD. THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES FROM THE HELIPAD AS THE TRAIL IS UNGRADED AND REQUIRES A BRIEF TRAVERSAL NEAR THE TERMINUS. 

AIEA RIDGE IS A FANTASTIC TRAIL AND A PERSONAL TOP 3 FAVORITE.

 

 

 


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