Ascent of Nounou Mountain on 2015-07-14

Climber: Bradley Reese

Date:Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nounou Mountain
    Elevation:1241 ft / 378 m

Ascent Trip Report

How I chose this hike: I was on my honeymoon with my new wife and this was a hike convenient to our hotel, and a reasonable length.

Finding the trailhead: There are three trails to the summit. The trailhead for the one I used is on Haleilio Road off of Highway 56. The parking area is obvious.

The plan: Hike to the summit from the East trail.

The hike: The hike starts with some nice views of cliffs, but you soon enter the forest. The trail starts off steep but soon settles down, still gaining elevation, but no jarring your thighs. You have nice views of the towns below and ridges in the distance once you reach certain points. Eventually you reach an area where I believe they intend for you to end your hike, here there's a picnic table a swing and a few benches. Continue on an obvious trail that leads to a sign reading "Do Not Go Beyond This Point". The trail continues soon reaching the true summit. There are not significant hazards to this portion of the hike if you're careful. NOTE: Most books say this trail is 2 miles one-way, I measured 1.75 with my GPS.

Summary: This is a fair hike with a lot of people on the trail. There's much better hiking on Kauai, though I don't know of any others on the east side of the island. Probably a good place to watch the sunrise.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1076 ft / 327 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1076 ft / 327 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1076 ft / 327 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:East Trail
    Start Trailhead:East Trail Head  165 ft / 50 m
    Time:1 Hours 16 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1076 ft / 327 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.8 km
    Route:East Trail
    End Trailhead:East Trail Head  165 ft / 50 m
    Time:1 Hours 2 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Bradley Reese
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