Appalachian Trail: Data Book & Thru-Hikers Companion

January 5, 2015 Categories Appalachian Trail, Backpacking, Hiking

I received my Appalachian Trail books the other day. Only 11 more weeks to go before I start my journey; getting pretty excited. The first one is the Appalachian Trail Data Book, 2014. I would have ordered the 2015 version but it wasn’t available on Amazon. This book only cost $7 and is exactly what … Continue reading Appalachian Trail: Data Book & Thru-Hikers Companion

Koko Head, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

September 8, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

After living in Hawaii for four years and enjoying many spectacular hikes, I always went to a particular hike far more than any other – Koko Head in Hawaii Kai on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. I absolutely loved this hike and it’s one of the trails I miss the most now that I’m not … Continue reading Koko Head, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

September 4, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

The Hawaii Loa Ridge is a hike I did with my friend Janice on a whim one day after being told by someone at work that it had a “bamboo forest” (which it doesn’t). I’ve only done this hike once, but I will always remember its brutality and sinking feeling in my gut when reaching … Continue reading Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

Kolowalu Trail, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

September 1, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

The Kolowalu Trail is a moderate hike and has very few people along the path. I’ve only done the trail once and I think we encountered two other groups during the time we were out there. It offers stunning views into the Manoa Valley and downtown Honolulu, as well as acts as an entry point … Continue reading Kolowalu Trail, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 18, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Diamond Head is a hugely popular tourist attraction on the south-eastern shore of Oahu. Due to it’s relatively close proximity to Waikiki Beach (two to three miles away, depending on which end of Waikiki you’re on), this is one of the most heavily trekked hikes on island. It’s also one of only three crater hikes … Continue reading Diamond Head, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Manoa Falls, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 17, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Manoa Falls is a really short, easy waterfall hike in the Manoa Valley that attracts many visitors. This was one of my favorite hikes when I first got to Hawaii and is still quite enjoyable many years later. To park in the parking lot at the base of the trail, you will have to pay … Continue reading Manoa Falls, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Ka’au Crater, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

August 16, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Ka’au Crater is one of three crater hikes on the island of Oahu (the other two are Diamond Head, a fairly easy hike, and Koko Head, a more moderate hike with a great cardio workout); it is the most intense hike out of the three, but also very rewarding. If you can push through the … Continue reading Ka’au Crater, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Lanikai Pillboxes, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

August 13, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

The Lanikai Pillboxes, or Ka’iwa Ridge Trail, is in my list of Top 3 hikes in Hawaii; the other two being Koko Head and the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail. This trail has amazingly beautiful views and yet most people only hike the first portion of the trail. The “pillboxes” are old military bunkers built up on … Continue reading Lanikai Pillboxes, Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Pu’u Pia, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

July 22, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

The Pu’u Pia Trail is a very secluded, easy hike without a lot of other people. This hike can be used as a romantic getaway, a picnic, or a refreshing escape. The trail head is actually the same path for two different hikes: the Pu’u Pia Trail and the Kolowalu Trail. About 5 minutes in, … Continue reading Pu’u Pia, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii

May 8, 2014 Categories Hiking, Trails, Travel, USA

Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail is in my list of Top 3 hikes in Hawaii. For me, nothing beats Koko Head, but if I’m out for a little bit of a longer hike with a good workout and great views, Kuli’ou’ou Ridge is it. My other favorite hike is the Lanikai Pillbox Trail. For the first 10 … Continue reading Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail, Hawaii Kai, Oahu, Hawaii