As for the hike itself, we met in Wahiawa at the Poamoho hele gate just before the Helemano military reservation around 8am. As the rest of us jumped into the 4-wheel drive vehicle, my buddy opened the gate and off we were. The ride to the trailhead was bumpy and I strongly question if it would've been makeable without a 4-wheel drive. Once to the trailhead we all jumped out of the vehicle and admired the views that were already upon us. We started off on the trail and the first thing that came into my mind was how reminiscent and almost identical it was of the Halawa Ridge trail. The trail is very easy to follow and is around 7-8 miles round trip (depending on if you go to the poamoho cabin or not) yet it feels alot shorter than that due to the fact that the incline is very gradual. In no time we had reached the summit of the Poamoho trail and were greeted by a rock dedicated to geraldine clines. The rock also points in the right direction if you wanna go further. To the left is the laie trail and to the right the schofield waikane trail. Once at the summit we were greated by some crazy wind but fortunately the skies (which had been filled with clouds all morning) magically cleared for us for about five minutes giving us just enough time to snap some pictures. The views were amazing. Looking out we could see puu piei just in front of us and to our right we could see puu manamana, and puu ohulehule. The view was absolutely amazing from the summit but sadly it only lasted a few minutes before the summit was socked in once more. Once everyone was done taking pictures we gathered our stuff and took headed towards the kst in the direction of the schofield waikane trail. Our goal was to get to Poamoho cabin which was only about a half mile away. The kst from Poamoho to the cabin was muddy but in good shape. It only took about 10 to 15 minutes to reach the cabin and once there I was awed by the cabin. It was a very clean cabin with lots of space inside and wooden beds that were like bunk beds and could probably sleep six. After hanging out for a bit and signing the book log we all headed back for the Poamoho summit and started our trek back to the start of the trailhead. The pace going back was pretty fast and we made it back within an hour and a half. This is a very easy trail with great views at the summit. It's sad that the access is somewhat restricted, but I highly encourage everyone to get the permit and a 4-wheel drive and head out for Poamoho. You wont regret it. Here's the contact information for the permit, and upon recieving it they will give you directions to the trailhead.
Oahu Division of Forestry and Wildlife - Dept. of Land and Natural Resources - 2135 Makiki Heights Dr. Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone: (808) 973-9778