Hiking Up to History...the Ka'iwa Ridge Trail
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May 3rd, 2008 – by: TRE69
After finding a legal parking spot along the street, we hiked up the road to the unmarked trailhead, whose only identifying feature was a trail adjacent to a fence that scaled up the ridge.
Atop the ridge, the trail consisted of firmer loose gravel, lava rock, lowlying scrub, and grass which was comforting since it felt more solid. But the exposed ridgeline whipped the ocean breezes all around us...just check out my wild hair! The distant cloud cover was dramatic and protected us from harsh rays of sun. After the first section, the trail ascended the ridgeline gradually. My pictures cannot do the view from along Ka'iwa Ridge justice...it was breathtaking and marvelous!
The historical points along the trail are two World War II concrete bunkers or pillboxes.
Alas, all good things have to come to an end and I was starving so we headed back down the ridgeline to the red dirt portion of the trail. You would think going back down would be easy but the fine red dirt was a bit slippy. A man we were following on the way down slipped on the dirt...fortunately he fell back onto his bum instead of forward. Some rope intertwined between the trees were of some help on the way down but still the trail was difficult to navigate. Back onto the pavement, I could not help but be relieved that I didn't take a tumble down.
The hike was fabulous...what a great start to my day!
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