Moanalua Middle Ridge to Kulana’ahane

by kenji SAITO on July 8, 2018

Hiking Moanalua Middle Ridge to Kulana'ahane

Janell and I had a slice of Heaven today with a topping of purgatory on the side. Photo by Janell Tuttle.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Stepping foot into the valley that has five distinct forest types and over nine miles of streams. We were just concerned with one particular trail today.

Kamananui Valley Trail

Kamananui Valley Trail

Making our muddy way underneath the thicket of tangled hau tree branches.

Kamananui Valley Trail

Kamananui Valley Trail

Passing the valley trail as we made our way up to the ridge.

Moanalua Middle Ridge

Moanalua Middle Ridge

I suppose some folks are like dogs, they have to mark their territory.

Moanalua Middle Ridge

Moanalua Middle Ridge

Going up one of several sections that have been particularly denuded of vegetation which in turn leads to more erosion on the ridge line.

Moanalua Middle Ridge

Moanalua Middle Ridge

Passing one of several pockets of people on the ridge.

Ko'olau Summit Ridge Trail

Ko’olau Summit Ridge Trail

You have to get down and dirty if you want to make it to Heaven.

Champagne Breakfast

Champagne Breakfast

We just missed the French Toast breakfast with egg and cheese souffle. Photo by Janell Tuttle

CCL Building

CCL Building

Well, since we missed breakfast, let’s go outside to grab some heavenly views. Oh snap.

Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Looking down from Heaven. Overcast with passing showers. Photo by Janell Tuttle

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Time to put on the spikes …

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

… and the gloves. Not sure if my tetanus shots are up to date. Photo by Janell Tuttle

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Taking the stairs down as the elevator was out of order.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Leaving the clouds behind us as we dropped further down the eroded ridge line. Photo by Janell Tuttle

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Janell sitting underneath the cloud ceiling.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Looking back at the upper falls that feeds the main falls down in the valley.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Losing a lot of elevation and gaining back the views.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Slow and steady. The winds were really rocking the mountains today.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Leeward side providing Janell with temporary shelter from the gusting winds.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Checking out the views. Photo by Janell Tuttle

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Janell coming down the pile of rocks that passes for a ridge.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Looking into Moanalua Valley. Photo by Janell Tuttle

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Janell dropping off the ridge as she contours the Dirt Triangle on the Leeward side.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Looking over towards the Windward side.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Leaving the Dirt Triangle behind us.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Looking down into one of the crumbly side ridges as we traversed the saddle.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Janell contouring on the Windward side, mindful of the drops below her.

Moanalua Saddle

Moanalua Saddle

Passing a flowering ohia lehua tree overlooking the H-3 Freeway.

Kulana'ahane Summit

Kulana’ahane Summit

Safe and sound at the summit, overlooking Haiku Valley.

Kulana'ahane Summit

Kulana’ahane Summit

Leaving the summit as made our way down the short and steep ridge.

Kulana'ahane Trail

Kulana’ahane Trail

Looking at the waterfall trickling its way down to the valley floor.

Kulana'ahane Trail

Kulana’ahane Trail

It takes great skill to rope oneself down while holding your selfie stick.

Kulana'ahane Trail

Kulana’ahane Trail

Winnie the Pooh keeps the mosquitoes away.

Kamananui Stream

Kamananui Stream

Janell rock hopping to get back to the trail that always seems longer the second time around.

Kamananui Valley Trail

Kamananui Valley Trail

The truck was not accepting any hitchhikers, just hitchdogs. Woof.

All pau

All pau

Congratulations to Janell for completing her first saddle. Here’s to many more saddles to come! She had to rush home to cook for the family so it was an individual post hike meal at Popeyes Chicken. Love that chicken. Really.

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.

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