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Thursday, May 15, 2008

NU’UANU JUDD MEMORIAL TRAIL TO JACKASS GINGER SWIMMING HOLE


NU’UANU JUDD MEMORIAL TRAIL TO JACKASS GINGER SWIMMING HOLE

Looking for a quick stroll in the forest or for a refreshing swim? This is the ticket. Right off the Pali Highway, just outside of Downtown Honolulu, the Judd Trail is an easy hike that runs along Nu'uanu Stream to Jackass Ginger Pond and then continues in a 1 mile loop, with minimal elevation gain. Jackass Ginger Pond is a great swimming hole with a 10 foot waterfall into the pond and a rope swing to jump from into the water, which is up to 8 feet deep in some places. Be warned that this pond is surrounded by boulders, which means there might be boulders in the water. Remember, "sticks and stone can break my bones," so jumping is at your own risk.

Those looking for more of a workout can take an alternative path to a higher elevation, Pauoa Flats, and finally Nu'uanu Valley Overlook (1600 feet) which has views of the Pali, higher peaks in the Ko'olau Range, the Wai'anae Range, Nu'uanu Valley, and Punchbowl.

Cost: Free




Do's and don'ts: Do consider mosquito repellent or walk fast. Don't try anything fancy off the rope.


3 comments:

Diana said...

what fun. let's see more.

Biofuel Watcher said...

17 years lived in Hawaii and I never visited Jackass Ginger, though I heard of it a lot. It's my one regret. Other than leaving Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

Haven't been to Jackass Ginger since grade school! Got to take my ohana there the other day and had a blast! Hana hou!