Hiking Policies and Procedures
Welcome! We hope the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club will help you experience the beauty of Oahu’s rugged mountain and seashore trails. Before you hike with us there are a few things we’d like you to know. The Club does not conduct guided hikes. It provides a group environment for independent hikers who remain responsible for themselves at all times. Our hikers move at their own pace and are free to complete as much or as little of the trail as they want.
They can enjoy the company of others or walk alone. The group environment simply adds a measure of safety for those who enjoy independent hiking and the out-of-doors.
Our trails are wilderness trails. Some are dangerous: loose rocks, uneven footing, slippery slopes and steep drop-offs are common. Mud, rain, fog, strong winds and sudden large waves also occur regularly in the areas where we hike. Our hike coordinators cannot be responsible for trail conditions or safety. They are not required to be trained in first aid, or to carry a first aid kit. When you hike with the Club, you are responsible for yourself. Plan to be self-sufficient, carrying your own emergency supplies, sturdy shoes, rain gear, water and lunch.
We try to keep rules to a minimum. However, the five below are essential:
- Decide whether you are physically and mentally ready for the hike.
- Sign this waiver form before the hike.
- Stay on the designated trail.
- Observe the announced turn-around time.
- Never leave a rider stranded after the hike.
Also, we do not permit pets, firearms or audio devices (radios, tape or disc players) on the trail. Children under 18 years
must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Waiver Because of natural conditions, human activities, or negligence, today’s hike, travels and related activities present risks of death, personal injury, and property damage and loss.
By reading this site, the viewer understands the above warning and assume the above stated risks to him/her self and his/her children and
wards. The viewer agrees, in exchange for permission to accompany, travel or hike today with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain
Club, to waive and forego all claims and lawsuits which he or she, or his/her assigns (or interested persons or personal
representatives as defined in the probate code) may have or start against said Club or any club officer (including the above named
hike coordinator) for any person’s death, personal injury, or property damage or loss suffered during, or as a result of the hike,
travels, or related activities begun today. The viewer has read the above and understands it and its significance. By reading this
waiver the viewer also agrees to the above Hiking Policies and Procedures and certifies that he or she is physically and
mentally fit to engage in our hikes.