A little over 2.25 miles to the top......not a great distance, but you're ascending roughly 1800 feet between here and there. Good tree cover most of the way, but precious little breeze. I was sweating more on this trail than on Mt Olympus last weekend, just due to the humid, static air.
Great views at the top, as advertised. One does well to heed the sign.
The views from the top. The next ridge over.....looks doable.
Koko Head Crater in the background.
I did earn my Good Samaritan merit badge on today's hike. I had passed a group of older ladies as I was trekking up...they were heading down. After my ascent, and probably about a mile from the start/end point, I came across them again. One of the ladies had twisted her ankle pretty badly, and they were making only a few steps at a time before taking a break. Being a good Infantryman and a gentleman to boot, I inquired if she minded that I was drenched in sweat, and piggy backed her the rest of the way down. luckily for me [and my back] she couldn't have weighed over a buck 20, so it ended up giving me a strong finish to a hike that only took a couple of hours.
I hit the weights back in the gym and am ready to relax and enjoy Single Malt Saturday!