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Monday, July 7, 2014

Olomana Trail (KH6/OH-020) SOTA Activation

Olomana Trail...

From the top of Olomana looking SW
...is likely one of the most popular hikes on O'ahu. Popular partly because it is centrally located and easy to get to and partly because of the breathtaking views from the summit. I finally had the opportunity to hike this summit (twice) this past week. There is a lot of information about this hike on the internet so I am going to keep my post about this to the most important tips for you. Free free to watch my (1min 16 sec) video of the hike on YouTube.

**Disclaimer--This is a great, strenuous hike which involves sections of steep cliffs with ropes to assist your climb. Always test the ropes before using and never put all your weight and trust in them.

#1) As recommended in Stuart Ball Jr.'s The Hiker's Guide to O'ahu, I recommend not parking by the bridge on Loop Rd where most people park. Rather, park up Manuwili Rd at either the Maunawili Park or just past on the street in the neighbor hood. It does add a little to the roundtrip distance of your hike but may give you peace of mind after you see all the broken glass on the ground by the crowd of cars before the bridge.
#2) Check in with the guard at the entrance to the golf course to state your intentions. They are courteous and will be quick to ask if you have hiked the trail before and give you the canned safety brief. From the guard shack its about a 1/2 mile walk up the road to the actual trail head.
#3) Be patient if you have to wait for your turn along one of the several sections with ropes. As stated above, this is a busy trail, be a courteous hiker.
#4) Final safety tip, don't climb up what you won't be able to climb down. The last and largest obstacle to climb up is not for the faint of heart.

From my truck this hike took me 1.5 hours up and about 45 minutes to get down. For my Summits On The Air (SOTA) activation, I was only able to find four contacts on HF (three more than the week prior). 
Thanks to the following SOTA chasers for letting me properly activate this summit for the first time and allowing me to share some aloha with this two-point summit:
Time Call
18:36z AB7YL
18:38z WA9ST
18:39z NS7P
18:39z N6KZ

73 and safe hiking!
Allen / KH7AL

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