Large fence blocks entrance to Mariner's Ridge trail

Large fence blocks entrance to Mariner's Ridge trail
Published: Dec. 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM HST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM HST
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HAWAII KAI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another fence has gone up at an Oahu hiking hotspot. This one is blocking the popular Mariner's Ridge trail in Hawaii Kai.

The fence went up Thursday and painted Friday, but just because the trail is now blocked doesn't mean it won't be used.

Hikers who drove to the Mariner's Ridge hike saw an addition to the landscape. It's a seven foot fence at the start of the property line.

"It's a little sad. I like to hike there but I know a lot of people have gotten hurt," said Christina Gobert, hiker from Makiki.

Hurt and killed. A man died on the trail in June. There have also been numerous complaints of erosion. People who live in the neighborhood say people leave trash and dog poop, picnic in yards and smoke pot and drink in front of the homes.

"Just a couple of bad hikers or weed smokers in the car shouldn't really ruin it for the rest of us," said Claire Albrecht, hiker from Kailua.

The trail is private property and its conservation land not a sanctioned hike. The landowner, Kamehameha Schools, decided to put up the fence.

"I've seen a lot of hikers who have come down after hiking and they've really just mistreated the property of the homeowners here," said Conor Malis, who lives next to the trail.

Conor Malis is on the fence. As a resident he knows the problems disrespectful hikers bring but...

"As someone who used to do this hike a lot it is going to be unfortunate because it is a beautiful hike," said Malis.

So will the fence work?

"I don't think it will. There are a lot of other hikes that have been closed but people don't stop hiking them. They'll probably just trample the yards or just find a way to go around them," said Gobert.

"It does seem like some of the best hikes have a fence in front of them but it doesn't always stop us from hiking," said Albrecht.

The Sierra Club and Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club will be given limited access for supervised hikes at specific times. Other than that it is trespassing.

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