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Published on Jan 29, 2011
We hiked a loop that ranges from trail blazing through ranch pastures and thick vegetation, to scrambling up ridge spurs and traversing narrow crumbly dikes, and finally walking along a 1.5 mile or so long dirt road. The first leg consists of plowing through cow pastures and even crossing a small gulch to reach the base of `Ohikilolo Claw, a spur that bears resemblance to Bear Claw (no pun intended) geographical wise although no where as difficult or dangerous, to reach the crest and fenceline of `Ohikilolo Ridge. The 2nd leg heads along the crest and fenceline all the way to Pu'u `Ohikilolo, a 3,052ft triangular peak. The 3rd leg takes us along the connector ridge from `Ohikilolo Ridge to the summit of Kea'au Ridge, a 2,952ft unnamed peak. Finally, the 4th leg heads down `Ohikilolo Middle Ridge and back to the 4x4 dirt road that heads all the way back to Farrington Hwy.
NOTICE: The "Teeth" rocky dike formation that is situated between Pu'u `Ohikilolo and Kea'au Summit is NOT required to traverse the connector ridge. A goat trail exists at the eroded area and contours on the left side of the Teeth section, thus bypassing the dangerous part that you see in this video. The trail will then regain the crest on the opposide side of the Teeth. We opted to take the "high road" but it is certainly not required and I strongly recommend to take the contour trail instead. I assume no responsibility should you choose to climb over the Teeth.