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Mt. Ka'ala attempt - O'ahu, Hawaii

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Mt. Ka'ala (4,025 ft)
Hike elevation: 3,000ft
Elevation Gain: 2,920 ft
Trail: Wai'anae-Ka'ala
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip (approximation)
Duration: 5.5 hrs (includes stops for breaks along the trail and at the 3 poles)
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Danger: Medium to High(steep sections with loose rock, rock scramblingalong trail)

Heart be still! There's a 4000+ footer on Oahu! Well then, it's only appropriate that I hike to this summit to add to my 4000+ feet list! Sure it's not part of the New Hampshire 48 list, but hey, I am a peakbagger! :)

I did a lot of research on this hike, reading many blogs and reviews on this hike. And I went through many photos of this hike often comparing photos from different bloggers/reviewers and saw many of the same shots along the trail. This helped me to understand what to expect and encounter while on the trail. It was a way to familiarize myself with the trail even being 6000 miles and months away.

Initially I was going to solo hi…

Makua Valley Outlook - O'ahu, Hawaii

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Makua Valley Outlook (2,060ft)
Trails/Roads: Kealia Trail, Kealia Access Rd, Kuaokala Access Rd, Kuaokala Trail
Elevation Gain: 2,000ft
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip
Duration: 4.5 hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking Permit: None required
Danger: Low to Medium (overlook at end of trail)

I did this hike with my aunt and we took our time to make sure we enjoyed the rewarding views from the Kealia trail! The trail has 19 switchbacks (yes 19!) and provides remarkable views of Dillingham Airfield and Haleiwa.


Kealia Trail is part of the Na Ala Hele Trail & Access System and is very well maintained. The trail ascends the pali gradually on 19 switchbacks.  There are lots of loose rocks along the trail and after a  couple of switchbacks, the trail opens up and there are plenty of views while still ascending the pali.

Dillingham Airfield Kawailoa Wind Project in the distance The covered picnic table at the end of the ironwood grove marks the end of the Kealia Trail We continued up the dirt road at the far end…

Lanikai Pillboxes - O'ahu, Hawaii

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Lanikai Pillboxes - O’ahu, Hawaii
2nd Pillbox elevation: 595ft
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Trail: Ka’iwa Ridge Trail
Distance: 4 miles roundtrip
Duration: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Hiking Permit: None required
Danger: Low to Medium (loose dirt, drop-offs)

Wow!! For a short hike, there are tremendous views of  the Windward from Kaneohe Marine Corp Base to Waimanalo!

My husband and I headed to the Windard area via H3. I wasn’t sure exactly where the trailhead was but from reading other Hawaii hiking blogs, I did find out that the trailhead was located just off the side of the Mid Pacific Golf Course in Lanikai. So I set our Garmin to the golf course address. It wasn’t hard to find at all and we got lucky and found a parking space right away on the already full residential street.

There were a lot of folks already coming down from this hike as we were making our way up. We were at the first pillbox within 20 minutes and continued onto the second pillbox. At second pillbox I snapped a few ph…

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse - O'ahu, Hawaii

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Makapu’u Point Lighthouse (640 ft)
Park Name: Ka Iwi State Scenic Shoreline
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Trail: Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail
Distance: 2 miles roundtrip
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Hiking Permit: None required
Danger: Low

My husband and I took the stroll up the paved trailway to the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse. We arrived to the parking lot to find it full, even with folks leaving! So we parked in the “Scenic View” area parking lot and walked the paved trailway. The weather was gorgeous and there were many tourists as well as locals with baby strollers and dogs. This is considered a hike, but if you are a seasoned/experienced hiker, it’s a stroll! :)

I did meet a couple of folks from the “Soulmates” hiking group and spoke with them for a couple of minutes. Some were also planning to hike the HTMCLUB.org New Years Day hike to Koko Crater (Kohelepelepe, 1208ft).









The Ledges at Lake Massabesic - Rock Climbing

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Forget Black Friday shopping, and go rock climbing! Well, heck yeah! 

Like last weekend, Kellie listed this meetup on her NHRock Climbing Meetup group. And like last weekends' climbing cliff, this cliff and its routes aren't listed in any guidebook.  But the climbing, especially on a warm November day, is fantastic! We all met at the Auburn, NH Dunkin' Donuts on Rt 28 just short of the rotary. From there, it was a short 1.2 miles along Lake Massabesic to the roadside parking lot. A relatively short hike in from the parking lot, we followed the trail between the lake's edge and Fire Road 55. This cliff is referred to as "The Ledges" which can be seen from Battery Point of the Massabesic Audubon Center and Wildlife Sanctuary. At the base of the cliff is a large boulder painted as a white mouse. We set up ropes on 5 routes and all 11 of us were able to climb until sunset!
Setting up anchors
 My spot at clifftop for photographing View from clifftop Got Rock?