A hike through the Kamakou
with the Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy offers a hike through it's Kamakou reserve
once a month, and only to ten or so people.
page for a nice description of the reserve. We were
enough to discover that the Jan 2010 hike was occuring
while we were to
be on Molokai, and there was room for us. The hike is a
in that, seeing as the rainforest is
often incredibly muddy and/or
slippery, and therefore the footing is generally really bad, the
3 mile roundtrip is walked
on an 8 inch wide plank, covered in wire mesh
Just getting to the beginning of the hike is a challenge. We
driven in two TNC vehicles, set up for the really, REALLY
winding road that brings one there.
The view at the beginning of the hike. It's 3,500 feet down
the ocean. We were lucky enough to get nice weather
and a clear
view. No rain in the rainforest that day (though it gets 35
of rain each year). The hike essentially
brought us to the next
valley, 1.5 miles away.
A guide gives us a fine point on the flora.
Don't even think about going off the trail.
About a mile in, we emerge onto the Pēpē‘ōpae bog. A few
later, it's back into the rainforest.
The end of the trail:
After 1.5 miles through dense rainforest, we emerge onto a 6x20
grassy area at the top of a 4,000 foot deep,
valley. We stopped and sat for 20 minutes or so, ate the
packed in, then followed
the trail back to the 4WD vehicles.
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