Sunday, July 24, 2011
So far I've hiked 4 times already this month. Today made 5 hikes in 4 weeks! I had to hit the trails by myself so I headed up Nu`uanu Valley to the Pali Lookout. From the Pali Lookout I headed down the old Pali Road to Likeke Falls.
From the lookout the "trail" follows the old Pali Road down past the road closed sign. The Pali Lookout is also the start to the Maunawili Demonstration Trail.
The road meets up with the Pali highway and you have to crawl down underneath the highway and squeeze through a small passage way under the overpass.
I barely fit in the skinny passageway under the road.
The trail passes under the other side of the Pali highway and some interesting graffiti.
The trail veers off the road and contours the Nu`uanu towards the falls.
The trail eventually traverses an old horse carriageway.
Within a few minutes you're at the falls.
There was a lot of traffic at the falls. I counted three tour groups on the trail and at the falls.
For a short trail (under 4 miles) starting at the lookout makes for some great views fairly quickly.
Flower pictures for Sommer...
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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Headed up `Aiea Heights to the Keaiwa Heiau State Recreation Area to take a stroll on the Aiea Loop trail. I broke my last pair of contacts on Friday and did not want to risk hiking some ridge trail with my glasses. I can see with them, but they get smudges and sweat on them and it makes it...more difficult to judge depth perception and makes my field of vision blurry. Not something I want while hiking.
The trail was really muddy. This made for slow going as every step was slippery.
This trail has become a well know friend the last year. A great "stroll" in the hills above `Aiea, a break from walking among the concrete canyons of Honolulu.
|An older minor landslide that happened in late 2010.
The beginning of the Ridge trail is very nice. But it quickly gets nasty a few more minutes up the ridge. Kai and I journey up `Aiea Ridge trail in January, that was plenty enough for me.
There are some great views of Halawa Valley and Kalauao Valley from the ridge trail.
I could barely see a group on the ridge trail very far ahead. You can't really see them in this picture, at this size.
But zoomed in, you can make out a group on the trail.
Some parts of the trail were nice and dry.
But mostly it was like this.
It took a couple of hours, but it was a good workout up in the hills.
Some flowers on the trail (for Sommer).
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