Monday, August 18, 2014

Aiea Loop - Hiking

Aiea Loop - Hiking
Distance: Approx 5 miles roundtrip
Duration: 2.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Danger: Low

Out hiking with my cousins again, this time on the wicked easy Aiea Loop! This trail is located at the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area at the end of Aiea Heights. It's a short hike with wide, rooty trails. The trail is mostly shady and winds through the foothills of the Ko'olau Range. For the most part, it was sunny but in the middle of our hike it started to rain. But that was brief and the sun came back out by the time we completed our hike. The loop hike starts at the upper parking lot and ends at the campground at the middle parking lot. We spotted two cars so we didn't have to walk back up to the upper parking lot. Enjoy some photos of our hike!

At the trailhead

Wide, rooty trails

H3 from one of many outlooks on the trail

Beautiful blooming i'e i'e

View of Halawa Valley 
You can see the back of Tripler Army Medical Center

We took the eroded trail on the left up to the power-line tower
to check out the views of Halawa Valley and Honolulu.
We continued up the stairs past the tower . . . 

. . . . and came to this clearing.
To the left is a maintenance road with this "No Trespassing" sign.

And to the right is the trail in a grove of Guava trees that is marked with a "pink ribbon".
Take this trail down back to the Loop trail. Turn left onto the Loop trail to continue.

The intermittent 'Aiea Stream

Keaiwa Heiau

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