Incredible views of northwest shores of Oahu.”
— Dave Twelker
Featured Race Apr 12, 2016
This is the Peacock 50km course loop. It is also the 2nd loop of the Peacock 100km. This race runs over the Kuaokala Forest reserve of the northwest Oahu Waianae mountains near Ka'ena Point
. Expect steep trails exposed to the sun and heat much of the time, with some amazing ocean views of the north and west shores. The race route varies a bit each year to keep it challenging for new racers and veterans alike.
Features: Birding — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Need to Know
You'll want lots of fluids for this course. And energy/food. Aid stations are great but far between. There's no 7-11 or water faucet in the area. It can get very hot and there are many sections that are not shaded. It is a mixed use trail, so you'll need to be aware of jeeps, pig hunters, and pig hunting dogs. Pack a basic first aid kit. Cell reception is spotty. Bathrooms are only at Kealia Trailhead and Peacock Flats (portables).
90% hard pack dirt trail, jeep roads and some singletrack. Other areas are mix rock/dirt trails and some paved (i.e. "long road"). On the off-chance it does rain, be prepared for extremely slippery hard pack with loose sand/mud on the steeps, and mud puddles in the flats. The race can be steamy in high humidity.
The trailhead starts at Dillingham Airfield (3rd gate) where there's parking and bathrooms. The Kealia Trail
portion begins with switchbacks and incline for the first three miles to get to the other trail intersections. The race then turns west for a loop of jeep roads and some singletrack through forest areas. The course then goes east over more jeep trails then heads to "long road" which is paved and often feels quite long in the heat of the day. Volunteers host the very welcoming aid stations at strategic points, although it can be long distances between stations - some recommend refilling and carrying at least a 1.5 liter reservoir.
This is a forest reserve and there are no other amenities to speak of. With the steep terrain and heat, it's not a confidence builder, but perhaps a character builder. The race course is well marked, but it's still recommend that new racers run this course first with someone who knows the trails well - there are many points where it's easy to take a wrong turn.
Check the Hawaiian Ultra Running Team site for updates: hurthawaii.com/trail-series...
Flora & Fauna
Wild pigs will generally stay away when they hear you coming. If you come across hunting dogs, stand still and let them pass. Don't run away from dogs, they are trained to chase.