LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – October 2017

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

Saturday October 7, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Aloha Maui Hikers-

Please join us on Saturday (October 7th), for our special MAUI PRIDE HIKE to the PALI KAHEAWA WIND TURBINES – One of our favorites!

Please meet at 8:30am at the Kihei Parking turn off area at the corner of North Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway (HW 30). We will leave some cars at the Maalaea side of the hike (where we will finish) then carpool to the Ukumehame trail head (just past the Lahaina end of the Pali Tunnel).

It looks like another great day. We hope you can join us!

Date: Saturday, October 7th
Meeting Time: 8:30 am
We will leave the parking area at 8:45 am.
Text or call if you are running late (870.2564)
Length: 5 miles
Hiking Time: 3.5 hours
Difficulty Level: 3.75/4 of 5
Elevation Gain: 160o+/- ft
Parking: Yes
Security: No

Bring: Sunscreen (for sure!) + Dress for the heat + a definitely wear a Hat
(if there is no cloud cover you’ll need it)
Extra Water (2-3 bottles recommended)/Sports Drinks & Snack!!

Wear: Hiking boots or good sneakers (slippers not recommended for this hike)

Let’s take on The Pali Trail!
This is a rugged and strenuous 5-mile trail from Ukumehame to Maalaea. We will have a 1600 ft.elevation gain at the top of the ridge at the 2.5 mile mark, then descend back toward sea level for another 2.5 miles. The Lahaina Pali Trail is rocky, and the uphill portions can be strenuous and slow-going. It will take a person in good physical condition 3-3.5 hours including several short stops; 4+ Hours if you are in a lesser state of conditioning or plan on taking longer breaks. It’ll be a significant hike – but well worth it! The views are Awesome!

The trail from either direction winds up steep rocky hills to the Kealaloloa Ridge – a feature you can easily spot from much of Maui because this is where the gigantic wind turbines for Kaheawa wind farm are found. The trail crosses directly through the middle of the wind farm. The Kaheawa Wind Farm consists of twenty 1.5 Megawatt GE turbines for a total output of 30 Megawatts. It is owned and operated by UPC Wind Management & Makani Nui Associates, and provides power for Maui Electric Company (MECO).
The trail was hand-built in the 1800′s for horseback and foot travel between Wailuku and Lahaina. You may see native birds such as Nene and Pueo. There are many historical features.

The entire trail is though an area of very low rainfall. Most years, significant storms periodically bring just enough rain so that the parched hillsides temporarily explode with tall, green grasses. But when storms decrease in frequency, the grasses become brown, and very, very dry.
This is also an area with reliably steady and strong winds. The winds will often keep you cool, but don’t forget your sunscreen and plenty of water.

Here is an interesting LINK to the History of the trail:

We hope to see you hiking!

This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike.

2017 Hiking Schedule (modified):

October 7            The Pali Trail up to the Wind Turbines (as a part of Maui Pride Weekend)
October 14          Waihou Springs Trail
November 11      Halemau’u Trail  (The Switch Backs from 8000′ on Haleakala, down to crater floor and then back up)
December 9        Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike (and our annual Holiday Lunch)

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