Natural Resources staff assists with Poamoho Trail improvements
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – From left to right, Nolan Caballero, George “Woody” Schneller, Julia Kossakowski, Jonah Dedrick and Wesley Piena from the garrison’s Natural Resources Program taking a much-deserved rest after a day of trail clearing along the Poamoho Trail. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Natural Resources staff assists with Poamoho Trail improvements
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Mark Duffield, Army Natural Resources Program intern, covered head to toe with debris following hours of weed whacking vegetation that was overtaking the Poamoho Trail. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL
Natural Resources staff assists with Poamoho Trail improvements
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A newly cleared section of the Poamoho Trail. (Photo Credit: Courtesy Photo) VIEW ORIGINAL

WAHIAWA, Hawaii -- U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii Natural Resources Program staff recently joined numerous conservation agencies to assist with trail improvements along an iconic hiking trail in the Ko’olau Mountains above Helemano Military Reservation.

The Poamoho Trail traverses majestic native forest along a ridge that separates the Poamoho and Helemano valleys and ends at the Koʻolau summit.

The trail was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a project to put people to work during the Great Depression.

In March of this year, several large landslides created hazardous conditions on the trail and public access permits were suspended until trail conditions could be improved.

When the State of Hawaii trails program, Na Ala Hele, put out the call for trail clearing help, the response was incredible.

At least 30 people showed up each day, representing conservation organizations across the island.

The garrison's Natural Resources Program sent teams of staff each day to clear mud, debris and invasive weeds along the 3.5 mile stretch of trail.

At this time the trail remains closed the public, but will hopefully reopen soon with the recent efforts to improve the trail.

To learn more about the trail visit https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/trail/poamoho-trail--poamoho-hele-loa-access-on-line-permit/175.