Sunday, October 16, 2011
Koko Crater Sunrise - October 15, 2011
On Saturday woke up early and got to the Koko Crate trailhead at around 4:45 am. It was pitch black and no other cars were in the parking lot. For a few minutes I had to mountain all to myself.
About two-thirds of the way up the trail, once I passed the "bridge" section, a car pulled into the parking lot. The morning traffic had begun.
About an hour after I started (yes...very slow) I reached the top of Koko Crater. Not a soul was there. For about 20 minutes I had the summit all to my self. After topping out on the metal grating at the summit and taking in the lights of the southern coast of O`ahu I set up shop to film the sunrise.
The end result:
Sadly, my solitude on the summit came to an end and strings of early morning hikers started arriving at the summit. Fortunately, despite more and more people milling about at the top, the view was beautiful.
Before I knew it...the sun poked its shining face above the clouds, and another day started.
I spent a few more minutes basking the start of a new day.
Saw an interesting piece of graffiti on one of the concrete pads on the top.
The morning moon was beautiful!
By the time I made my way down Koko Crater the tracks were a highway.
I stopped and checked out the damage from the recent brush fire.
The fire got right up to the tracks (notice the hikers on the tracks in the background).
Considering how dry Koko Crater is, I'm surprised HFD got the fire under control so quickly.
The view from the bottom.
Looking back...another Koko Crater super-highway.
Looking up towards Koko Crater from the parking lot.
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