The trail starts at a parking area near the highway 17 mile marker
off 550. This forest reserve area is managed as wilderness because
of the rich variety of native dryland plant species thriving in it. The
trail ends abruptly on the ridge top, at 2,500 ft. elevation, affording spectacular views down sheer
cliffs into Awaawapuhi and Nualolo Valleys overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The grassy area at the
end of the trail has several metal railings with signs “Vistas”. It’s a great spot to sit, take some
photos, and eat a snack.
The trail length is 3.1 miles and drops or climbs around 1500 feet depending on the direction you
are heading. It was all uphill for us after already hiking 7 miles.