Below is a list of common questions that you may have about HTMC. If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us.
What is the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club?
HTMC is a community-based hiking and conservation group. We have been hiking and maintaining Oahu trails since 1910.
How can I find out about upcoming hikes?
Visit our Hike Schedule. Hikes are scheduled Sundays, some Saturdays, and occasionally midweek.
Can anyone hike with HTMC?
Hikers are very welcome to join us for any of the hikes listed on the public section of our website. We request a $3.00 donation from non-members.
How can I find out more about the hike?
Click on the hike for a short description. For more detailed information, contact the listed hike coordinator.
Where do I meet to go on a hike?
The meeting place will be indicated, with the start time, in the on-line hike description.
I have never hiked in the Hawaiian Islands before. How should I choose a hike?
Our hikes are rated. Our novice trails are suitable to anyone in good physical shape. Intermediate hikes are more physically demanding and may have some hazardous sections. Please contact the hike coordinator to get more information on a particular trail. Remember, you are always responsible for your own safety (you are required to sign a waiver to that effect).
What should I wear on a hike?
Comfortable hiking boots or appropriate trail shoes, long pants (shorts if you are willing to endure scratches and occasional mosquito bites), a non-cotton shirt and sun hat. Always pack a rain/wind jacket because Hawaii’s weather constantly changes, especially in the mountains.
What should I bring on a hike?
Sufficient (two or three liters) of water, lunch, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellent, small first aid kit, a cell phone (although some areas have no signal), gloves–and a daypack to carry everything in. You may also wish to bring hiking poles and emergency gear. Oahu’s trails are generally quite demanding in terms of physical fitness and necessary concentration levels.
How long is the hike?
This depends on how fast and how far you generally hike (please turn around early if you become tired), but remember that heat and humidity, as well as the overall condition of the trail, will affect how long you can expect to be hiking. Most Sunday hikes can take much of the day, typically ending between 1:30 and 3:30. Depending on the trailhead location, it may also take up to an hour in both directions to reach the trailhead and return to the city. Saturday hikes tend to be shorter (and less demanding), often ending by 12:30-1:00. Slower hikers, obviously, take longer, but the hike coordinator will almost always set a specific turn-around time to ensure everyone is out (and accounted for) by the set deadline. Please respect the hike coordinator’s decision.
I have questions about a scheduled hike. Who should I ask?
Please contact the hike coordinator, listed under the hike description.
I have other questions. Who should I ask?
Email the president (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Chair, Public Relations Committee (email@example.com).