LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – April 2017

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017 8:00 AM Aloha Maui Hikers- We hope you will be able to join us on April 8th as we hike: La Perouse Bay with a new return via the new “stairway” from the coral beach to the Kings Trail! La Perouse Bay on Maui is located on the southwest corner of the island. It’s an incredibly beautiful location for swimming, snorkeling and hiking in the early hours of the day. The La Perouse Bay was named after the French explorer Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de La Perouse, who mapped the area in 1786.   According to legend, the bay was once haunted by Huaka I po or the Night Marchers who caused mischief at night.  It is absolutely beautiful — bring your phone/camera! Time: 8:30 am. Please be on time as we’ll leave the parking lot by 8:45. If you are running late, please call or text 870.2564 to let us know. Meet: at Cafe @ La Plage in the Dolphin Plaza (2395 South Kihei Road) LGBTQ owned cafe with amazing coffee, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, sandwiches and paninis! Please come early and enjoy ! Bring: Hat, sunscreen, water/sports drink and a snack. Wear: Hiking shoes or good sneakers (no slippers, etc. — the A’a lava here can be pretty sharp.) Difficulty: 2.5 of 5 Directions to Trail Head: Take Kihei Road (31) going south past Makena State Park.   From there we continue 5 miles through the Ahini-Kinau Natural Area Reserve to La Perouse Bay.   Park where the road ends.  We’ll meet at marked trailhead south side of the parking lot. Length: Our path will take us 2+/- miles each way – total 4+/- miles. We’ll start on the Hoapili Trail (King’s Trail). Then after a mile or so on the King’s Trail we will head toward Lighthouse Point and continue our hike along the ocean. For those of you who hiked this trail with us in the past, you’ll remember that along the way there is a ocean wave fed pool that some hikers enjoyed. We’ll take a break there before hiking down to the coral beach and vibrant salt ponds. This year we will be heading back along a new path through the “lava stairs” and then back to the formal  Kings Trail. This is always one of our most talked about hikes. We should be back at the La Perouse parking area by 12:30pm. As always, please remember that this is a non-sponsored Hike.  All participants accept full responsibility for their safety by choosing to participate in the Hike.  2017 Hiking Schedule: (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!) April 8                 La Perouse Bay Hike May 13                 Waihe’e Ridge Trail June 10                Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream Hike July 8                   Poli Poli Forest Trails August 12            Iao Table Lands Trail (if reopened by then) September 9       Kapalua Coastal Trail October 7       ...

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