After gaining the crest of Pauao Ridge, the trail exhibits classic roller coaster action prior to the final sustained steep ascent to the junction with the KST. After reaching the junction with the KST, go back the same way or take the Summit Trail south to the Waikane Trail and come out Waikane Valley. Realize, however, that a jaunt along the KST is for experienced hikers only.
The reward for doing this hike is outstanding views of verdant, largely undeveloped Kahana and Punaluu valleys, as well as the impressive sheer windward cliffs of the Ko’olau Mountain Range.
narrow spots, slippery if attempted in the rain