Summer is here, lychees are at the market and … okay it’s still raining. I’m not sure what is going on with this weather, but as soon as it dries up, we’re heading to Poamoho Ridge for a bit of hiking. This is maybe my all time favorite hike on the island. Here’s why
- It’s a summit ridge trail – great views of the north shore and windward side.
- It starts at high elevation, so no need to wade through endless stands of guava and ironwood – real Hawaii starts at the trailhead, native plants, birds, snails, all the good stuff.
- Although it’s a bit long for kids (7 miles round trip), it’s a very gradual ascent, no steep scrambles like most summit hikes.
- You need a permit for hiking. This extra step means you have the place to yourself. Maybe a couple other hikers, but that’s it. Very cool.
The only down side is that you need 4WD or at least you’re supposed to have it, DLNR doesn’t want to come tow you out if you get stuck. It may be a wee bit on the adventurous side as far as family activities go, but it’s worth it. Go make a friend with 4WD and get your hike on! More info about permits here.
Don’t forget to check the archives to make sure you haven’t missed any Keiki Monday goodness! Happy hiking!