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It took my wife and me two and a half hours to traverse this five-mile trail at the end of Aiea Heights. During the first half, there wasn’t anything spectacular to see. Perhaps that was just as well because I had to constantly watch the ground; otherwise I might trip over the extensive barriers of exposed roots that jutted out from just about every square inch of terrain, whether narrow or wide, steep or level.
But as soon as I told my wife that this hike was laboriously drab, we came to a clearing overlooking the H-3 Highway, my favorite scenic route in Oahu. While the path that we were climbing was enclosed by rough, stark forest, the mountains on the other side of H-3 were monumentally lush. And seeing them from a high altitude made them look even more majestic. Not far from this perch, we came to another wide-angle expanse: the glittering ocean intersected by a sliver of Sand Island Bridge.
The rest of the trail still had more exposed roots, muddy spots, slick rocks, and fairly recently felled tree trunks that had just enough space between them that my wife and I could either shimmy under them or hoist ourselves over them. Luckily, just as a few turbo-charged mosquitos ambushed us and our sweat glands were going into overdrive, we spied the parking lot. What a relief to walk on pavement again!
The trek was exhausting, but it had its exhilarating moments among the thickets. One caveat: if you aren’t nimble enough to navigate (e)xposed (r)oots, you could end up in the ER.
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