Kalihi Saddle (Powerlines) to Pali Puka

by kenji SAITO on November 16, 2016

Hiking Kalihi Saddle (Powerlines) to Pali Puka

Weekday. Hiking. Usually those two things don’t go together, but since I had to burn my last vacation day before my work anniversary, I found myself at the Pali Lookout with Chris and Shirley.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Thanks to David for dropping us off on the side of the highway. Chinese and Hawaiian times do not mix well. I don’t think that qualifies as a hard hat.

Powerlines

Powerlines

We scrambled up the trail to find ourselves in the middle of Kalihi Saddle. The winds were blowing. Hard. Time to put away the tourist hat.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Back in the saddle. Comfortable as an old shoe. Old hiking shoe.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Hello Bowman! We’ll see you on the flip side.

Shark Fin

Shark Fin

Shirley and myself climbing up a slight pitch. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

The wind was in our faces the whole hike. Just ask Shirley’s hair.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Panoramic view.

'Ie'ie

‘Ie’ie

The bugs haven’t swarmed the fleshy fruit of this woody climber yet.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Where are the handrails?

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Hiking at a 45 degree angle. Or something close to it. Math was never my strong suit.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

The summit of Lanihuli was surprisingly clear.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

We noticed a lot of bees. They noticed us too. Just ask Shirley and myself. Chris somehow escaped unscathed.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

More walking, less sitting please. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

There we go again – sitting.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

It’s obvious which way the wind blows on the saddle.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Chris and Shirley scrambling up the sliver of a ridge.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Approaching the Bunny Ears.

Bunny Ears

Bunny Ears

Shirley scooting her way down.

Bunny Ears

Bunny Ears

Chris and Shirley in between the Bunny Ears.

Bunny Ears

Bunny Ears

Which one is the Rabbit’s Foot?

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Nice view of the Windward side.

Doorstop

Doorstop

Shirley climbing down Doorstop. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Doorstop

Doorstop

Chris making his way down Doorstop.

Pimple

Pimple

Shirley climbing down the Pimple, while Chris waits his turn at the top.

Can Opener

Can Opener

Scrambling to our brunch spot.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Group photo rule: There can only be one selfie stick up at one time.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Contouring below the Can Opener. Photo by Chris Bautista.

Lanihuli Wall

Lanihuli Wall

Found the rope. Let’s climb.

Lanihuli Wall

Lanihuli Wall

Shirley pulling herself up.

Lanihuli Wall

Lanihuli Wall

Chris and Shirley on the contour trail below the Can Opener.

Lanihuli Wall

Lanihuli Wall

Where’s the rope? Let’s free climb.

Lanihuli Wall

Lanihuli Wall

Looking back at Kalihi Saddle.

Lanihuli Wall

Lanihuli Wall

The last section with webbing.

Lanihuli Wall

Lanihuli Wall

Almost there.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

All uphill climbing.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Chris and Shirley back on the ridge.

Dirt Dragon

Dirt Dragon

How to train your dragon. Caption credit: Shirley Hamamura.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

The struggle is real.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

The struggle continues.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Uki grass is your friend on the mountains. Your best friend.

Kalihi Saddle

Kalihi Saddle

Heading towards the socked in summit of Lanihuli.

Lanihuli

Lanihuli

The smell of sardines punctured the air which must have helped to clear the clouds from the summit.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Our appetites and sensory views somewhat sated, we took our leave of the summit.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Panoramic view.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Chris and Shirley approaching the anvil.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

We dropped down the flank of the ridge to work our way around the sharp drop.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Shirley contouring to get back on the ridge.

Anvil

Anvil

Climbing up towards the anvil or the original Pali Puka. How long has this electrical cord been here? Photo by Chris Bautista.

Anvil

Anvil

Shirley showing off her results from working out at 24 Hour Fitness.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Chris and Shirley back on the ridge.

W

W

Can you spot the photobomber? Photo by Chris Bautista.

W

W

Group photo perched on the “W” or the “true” Pali Notches. Depends who you ask. Photo by Chris Bautista.

W

W

Chris and Shirley weaving in and out of the rocks.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

The clouds started to follow us down as we lost elevation on the ridge.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Looking across at the summit of Konahuanui that was completely socked in.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Shirley coming down cobblestone ridge.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Looking back as the clouds slowly left the summit of Lanihuli.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

One of many tour choppers that buzzed past us on the saddle. Wonder if they saw us? We saw them.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Double shaka on the saddle. Photo by Shirley Hamamura.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Shirley coming down one step at a time.

Pu'u Suicido

Pu’u Suicido

We stopped a bit to check out the unshaven views, found no razors and then moved on. Photo by Shirley Hamamura.

Pu'u Suicido

Pu’u Suicido

Chris and Shirley dropping down and contouring around the rocks.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Shirley scrambling out of the notch.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Chris and Shirley coming over the rocky ridge.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Almost there.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

The last climb.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Taking in the last panoramic view before dropping off the ridge.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Shirley going down the contour trail.

Pali Puka

Pali Puka

Last group photo of the day.

Pali Puka Trail

Pali Puka Trail

We can see our cars. That’s a good thing.

All pau

All pau

The bottom of the trail was teeming with hikers making their way up as we were making our way out.

GPS Tracks

GPS Tracks

Our rollercoaster of a double saddle hike covered 3.13 miles that included bee stings, dust in our eyes, gusty winds, a whole lot of climbing and stunning sights. I couldn’t have asked for better company to spend in the mountains with on my day off. Post hike meal at Au’s Garden. Out of clams with black bean sauce. What kind of Chinese restaurant is David running?

Note: I have been made aware the 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.

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