Pueo Ridge to Kalihi Saddle ( Powerlines )

by kenji SAITO on January 14, 2018

Hiking Pueo Ridge to Kalihi Saddle ( Powerlines )

Helped a friend to finish a ridge and another to celebrate her birthday today. Two for the price of one.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Met up with Daryl and Mia at the parking lot as Amber, Anne, Clayton, Jan and Robin had already pushed off on the trail. Chris was running late.

Kamananui Valley Trail

Kamananui Valley Trail

The construction bees have been quite busy in the back of the valley. Unsubstantiated rumors that the concrete roads are meant for soon to come paying tours to crowd out the free loading hikers from these trails filled the air.

Kamananui Valley Trail

Kamananui Valley Trail

The stairs? Where we’re going, there are no stairs.

Marker 12

Marker 12

Passing the traditional short cut to Tripler Ridge. We were not being traditional today.

Kamananui Valley Trail

Kamananui Valley Trail

Met up with the rest of the group at the start of the spur ridge we called Pueo after the sign that marks the trailhead.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

We followed the clearly trodden trail through knee high uluhell ferns until …

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

… the trail took on a steeper pitch packed with strawberry guava trees.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

Group photo as we gained the semi-exposed ridge. Photo by Anne Fai.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

Looking out towards Moanalua Valley with her cloud puffs.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

The point where Clayton turned around on his prior solo hike. Time to push forward.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

Making our way under and over the twisted trees. Photo by Clayton Takemoto.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

Rotten rocks and questionable trees laid ahead of us.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

After a short stretch of raining rocks and voices in the valley, we soon scrambled to more solid footing on the ridge.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

Sometimes I think a pair of knee pads belongs in my pack. Photo by Clayton Takemoto.

Pueo Ridge

Pueo Ridge

Anne threading her way through the barrier of strawberry guava trees to step foot on Tripler Ridge. Photo by Clayton Takemoto.

Tripler Ridge

Tripler Ridge

Group photo left to right: Chris, Daryl, Clayton, myself, Amber, Jan, Mia, Anne and Robin.

Tripler Ridge

Tripler Ridge

We bumped into members of the HTMC group on the ridge.

Naupaka Kahakai

Naupaka Kahakai

Passing the happy half of the flower in the mountains.

Tripler Ridge

Tripler Ridge

We ran into Rich Bailey who was videoing the group on their hike.

Tripler Ridge

Tripler Ridge

Pushing up the last hill on the ridge to the summit.

Tripler Ridge

Tripler Ridge

Waiting for our lunch to be delivered.

Tripler Summit

Tripler Summit

A visual feast for the eyes.

Max's of Manila

Max’s of Manila

Thanks to Anne for making oxtail soup, Filipino spaghetti, and kalua pig and cabbage. We had a fully loaded feast on the summit. Talk about a kanak attack. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Cake Couture

Cake Couture

Blowing out the candle and making a wish. Photo by Clayton Takemoto.

Tripler Summit

Tripler Summit

Group photo by Rich Bailey.

Ko'olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Ko’olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Leaving the summit behind along with Amber and Clayton who went down Moanalua Middle Ridge.

Bowman Summit

Bowman Summit

Mia passing the 2,740′ summit of Pu’u Kahuauli.

KSRT

KSRT

The group scooting their way down the grassy ridge.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Hiking by the seats of our pants.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Robin contouring on the Leeward side of the cracked ridge.

Creeping Corner

Creeping Corner

Mia making her way around the sliding dirt area. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Dirty Rope Slide

Dirty Rope Slide

One at a time going down. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Looking back at the others climbing and cramping their way down.

Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

The pause that refreshes. Photo by Robin Farr.

Saddle Orientation

Saddle Orientation

We are going down there. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Jan making her way down past the broken wave.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Mia scooting along the narrow ridge. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Jan climbing down the first rock triangle with rope that was a tad short from the bottom.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Daryl, despite advice given and not taken, took the butt express slide down. Mia and Anne took the belly express slide down. Chris sticked his landing and then fell flat on his face. Fun in the mountains and we didn’t even have to pay for it. Photos by Robin Farr.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

The weathered tree had finally withered away.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Going down. Photo by Robin Farr.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Going down the Windward side of the second rock triangle to avoid the hanging, clustered ropes on the Leeward side.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

The group passing tabletop rock on their way down.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Everybody taking their turn to scoot over the hump.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Daryl spotting the rest of the group making their way down.

Majestic Mountains

Majestic Mountains

As we were dropping into the saddle, a familiar red jacketed individual appeared at the top of Witch’s Hat. Photo by Derek Potter.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Eye in the sky. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Coming down the mountain.

Witch's Hat

Witch’s Hat

Climbing up the hat. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Panoramic view from the top.

Witch's Hat

Witch’s Hat

Which way do we look? Photos by Anne Fai and Derek Potter.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Jan on her way to the knob.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Dropping down the backside of Witch’s Hat. Photo by Chris Bautista.

All pau

All pau

It was lights out as Mia had the last cupcake that was meant for the other birthday boy who couldn’t make it to today’s hike. Photo by Chris Bautista.

GPS Tracks

GPS Tracks

Our birthday hike covered a little over six miles that was filled with ono food and fun company. Mahalo to Clayton and Richie for picking us up on the side of the highway. Post hike meal was satisfied on the spot thanks to Clayton bringing us tasty beverages to wash down the still warm chicken sandwiches.

Note: I have been made aware that some hikers have been using my blog as a hiking guide and getting lost on the trails. Please note that this blog was made to document the hike for the crew(s) that did it. That is why some of my comments will seem to have no relevance or meaning to anybody outside of the crew(s) that hiked that trail. My blog was never meant as a hiking guide, so please do not treat it as such. If you find inspiration and entertainment from these hikes, that is more than enough. If you plan on replicating these hikes, do so in the knowledge that you should do your own research accordingly as trail conditions, access, legalities and so forth are constantly in flux. What was current today is most likely yesterdays news. Please be prepared to accept any risks and responsibilities on your own as you should know your own limitations, experience and abilities before you even set foot on a trail, as even the “simplest” or “easiest” of trails can present potential pitfalls for even the most “experienced” hikers.

{ 2 comments }

Pali Notches to Judd Trail

January 7, 2018
Thumbnail image for Pali Notches to Judd Trail

Kicked off the New Year with an easy hike so I can be ready for the hardest hike by Christmas Day. Met up with Chris, Ferlino and Robin at the Pali Lookout as the morning sun torched the tops of the mountains turning them orange red. Photo by Robin Farr. Nothing like a short cardio […]

Read the full article →

Hawaii Loa Ridge to Makapu’u

December 31, 2017
Thumbnail image for Hawaii Loa Ridge to Makapu’u

Ferlino joined me on the last hike of the year as we met up at Hawaii Loa. Somebody looked at their calendar through beer colored glasses, so off we went on the trail that we had just come down from last week. Heading into the stand of ironwood trees that provided temporary refuge from the […]

Read the full article →

Kalawahine Trail to Hawaii Loa Ridge

December 24, 2017
Thumbnail image for Kalawahine Trail to Hawaii Loa Ridge

Returned back to the mountains after a two-week hiatus filled with Christmas parties and festivities. Met up with Chris and Ferlino at Tanatalus. Thanks to Jasmin for dropping us off again. Chris keeping the sign under wraps until we get to the summit. Pushing off on the trail that is part of the Honolulu Mauka […]

Read the full article →

Aiea Ridge to Red Hill ( Stairway to Hell Bottom )

December 3, 2017
Thumbnail image for Aiea Ridge to Red Hill ( Stairway to Hell Bottom )

We decided to visit Hell today to help a friend reach her hiking goal. Met up with Ani, Chris, Cisco, Ferlino, Janell and Jeremy at Kea’iwa Heiau State Recreation Area. Thanks to Jasmin for dropping us off. Laredo was running fashionably late. Photo by Ferlino Carinio. Pushing off on the rooted trail. No benchwarmers in […]

Read the full article →

Pupukea to Poamoho Trail

November 19, 2017
Thumbnail image for Pupukea to Poamoho Trail

I decided to spend another camping weekend in the mountains, but on the KST this time around. Thanks to Lonnie for dropping Ani and myself off at the start of our hike. No other hikers on the trail this morning, except … … a friendly dog walker and her domesticated charges. Enjoying the mountain shade […]

Read the full article →

Kaena Point to Kolekole Pass

November 10, 2017
Thumbnail image for Kaena Point to Kolekole Pass

We spent Veteran’s Day Weekend camping and hiking in the Waianae Mountains. Big shout out to Alexis for driving Stuart and myself to the end of the island to start our hike. Trying to tie my shoe laces in the wee hours of the morning with makapiapia still in my eyes. Thanks to Alexis for […]

Read the full article →

True Manamana to Crouching Lion Trail

November 5, 2017
Thumbnail image for True Manamana to Crouching Lion Trail

We managed to coax a 10x veteran from retirement to join us on today’s hike. Met up with Agnes, Anne, Chris, Daryl, Lee and Mia at the beach park. Thanks to Alexis for dropping me off. The most dangerous start to any hike, crossing the road to get to the other side. Luckily, we made […]

Read the full article →

Poamoho Trail to Pauao Ridge

October 29, 2017
Thumbnail image for Poamoho Trail to Pauao Ridge

Glenn wanted me to set up a hike to this picturesque summit in the Ewa Forest Reserve for his 24 hour fitness buddies. A social mixer hike. The only problem was that his social buddies decided to work out at 24 Hour Fitness instead. At least Alexis, Brian, Chris, Dale, Daryl, Ferlino, Glenn and Josh […]

Read the full article →

Piliwale Ridge to Pali Lookout

October 22, 2017
Thumbnail image for Piliwale Ridge to Pali Lookout

Ben and I woke up before the crack of dawn to attempt our three saddle traversal hike. Key word on attempt. Somebody overslept again. Heading up the ridge, too early for the bees. Gazing at the Windward city lights. Ben peering over the notch into the inky darkness. Daylight breaking over the mountains, allowing us […]

Read the full article →