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Ascent of Kawaikini on 2017-08-07

Climber: Lou Hibbard

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kawaikini
    Location:USA-Hawaii
    Elevation:5243 ft / 1598 m

Ascent Trip Report

Did this as part of family vacation- they stayed on Oahu. I dayhiked Kawaikini.
Drove to Mohihi Trailhead in fading light - gravel road all in the dark and an adventure. Odd to have this marginal road with the fancy bridges and yield signs.
Slept in truck and started hiking at 5:19 AM. Cool to have so much ridgetop hiking in early section. River crossing a skip across boulders. I would have went later in trip but weather looked good now.
I had never bothered with using a GPS track before - this time I tried but data truncated. I have an old GPS. Only had data to near the creek crossing. Never had used Tracbac before except a neighborhood try 2 days before - that was interesting.
Trail overgrown in places but still could be followed. Only lost it twice momentarily on the way back.
I hadn't memorized all the old trip reports I looked at as good as I thought so the fenceline was confusing. Ribbons ran out after cone so backtracked and took left fence variation. Lots of options so just kept going toward summit and it all worked out. Best is just keep fence on left the whole way even if ribbons run out.
Final ridgeline saw 4 goats - clouds blowing in and out. Summit just a bump in the ridge.
But no rain all day - very lucky. I did carry a very lightweight tent and pad for emergencies. No sleeping bag.
Back to truck at 8:15 PM. What a cool adventure! Loved this hike. Maybe being in the jungle made it more unique.
Perhaps on this trip more than any other having read old trip reports very important - although I still messed up the fence hiking on the way up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1653 ft / 503 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1653 ft / 503 m
    Round-Trip Distance:18.8 mi / 30.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Stream Ford
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1653 ft / 503 m
    Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route:Mohihi trail to fenceline to ridge
    Start Trailhead:Mohihi trailhead  3590 ft / 1094 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1653 ft / 503 m
    Distance:9.3 mi / 15 km
    Route:Mohihi trail to fenceline to ridge
    End Trailhead:Mohihi trailhead  3590 ft / 1094 m



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