Pali Notches to Manoa Middle

by kenji SAITO on July 12, 2020

Hiking Pali Notches to Manoa Middle

We decided to have Christmas come early for Lilyn today. Met up with Analyn, Anne, Art, Lilyn and myself at the Pali Lookout where typical windy conditions greeted us.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Right off the bat, it was a short and steep climb up. The best part of waking up, is hiking up. Photo by Art Young.

Pali Trail

Pali Trail

Anne breaking out into the open grassy spot which afforded us much better views than the lookout.

Pali Trail

Pali Trail

Working our way towards the first of the man-made notches where we ran across two other hikers. Photo by Art Young.

Pali Notches

Pali Notches

Lilyn climbing down the first notch. Photo by Art Young.

Pali Notches

Pali Notches

Taking a break on the other side. Photo by Art Young.

Pali Notches

Pali Notches

Everybody waiting their turn to make their way down the second notch.

Nipple

Nipple

Time to climb the chimney. Photo by Art Young.

Chimney

Chimney

Lilyn trying not to get tangled up in the ropes on her way up.

Chimney

Chimney

Need a hand?

Chimney

Chimney

Some folks liked to savor their climb up the chimney by sitting down. Photo by Art Young.

Chimney

Chimney

Others like to be on their back. Photo by Art Young.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

The climbing was not over yet. Photo by Art Young.

Contour

Contour

Lilyn pulling herself up to the ridge line with backdrop views of Kalihi Valley and points beyond.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Making our way up the grassy ridge line that was punctuated with boulders of assorted sizes and shapes. Photo by Art Young.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Looking back at our crumbly climb.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

The girls enjoying a relatively flat section of the ridge line with sweeping Windward views in the background.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Rock climbing. Photo by Art Young.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

What happens when you don’t take the helping hand is you land on your back. Some people are used to that already.

Mud Wall

Mud Wall

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something purple.

Nu'uanu Saddle

Nu’uanu Saddle

Pushing our way on the muddy trail to the top.

Konahuanui

Konahuanui

Group photo at the highest peak on the Ko’olau Mountain Range. Socked in as usual.

Ko'olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Ko’olau Summit Ridge Trail (KSRT)

Traversing between the schweddy balls.

K2

K2

Met up with Aida, Janell, Quan and Tessa at the shift right peak. There was also a reunion of sorts celebrated with a yawyaw dance and food regurgitation.

K2

K2

Before we left, the girls did their traditional male-excluded butt grab group shot.

KSRT

KSRT

Watching as the ridge line kept the clouds at bay on the Leeward side.

KSRT

KSRT

Panoramic cloudy view.

KSRT

KSRT

Coming down the trail that was partly open and partly overgrown. Photo by Art Young.

KSRT

KSRT

Janell making her way down with the spine of the Ko’olau Mountain Range ahead of her. Photo by Lilyn Avendano.

KSRT

KSRT

Leaving the crown jewels of the Ko’olau Mountains behind us. Photo by Art Young.

KSRT

KSRT

One had to be quick to catch this rainbow. Not all of us saw it. Photographic proof by Aida Gordon.

KSRT

KSRT

Coming down the sandwiched meadow.

KSRT

KSRT

Horizontal rain blurred the way to our destination summit.

Manoa Middle Summit

Manoa Middle Summit

Our not so synchronized group photo, where some of us were more enthusiastic than the others.

Manoa Middle Trail

Manoa Middle Trail

Heading down into Manoa Valley. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Strawberry Guavas

Strawberry guavas

Trail snacks to keep you constipated while hiking.

Manoa Middle Trail

Manoa Middle Trail

Coming down the steepest part of the trail. Photo by Aida Gordon.

Queen's Bath

Queen’s Bath

Communal bathing to rinse off the collective mud and grime.

Manoa Valley

Manoa Valley

Climbing out of the stream fed bath.

All pau

All pau

Exiting Pu’u Pia Trail, where we got rides from Tessa, Aida and Quan. Some of us showered and freshened up to make ourselves somewhat presentable for our dinner that was a little more demanding in terms of personal hygiene than our usual hang outs. Photo by Art Young.

Post hike meal

Post hike meal

We celebrated Ferlino’s birthday at Jade Dynasty where Cathy, Dale, Edgar, Jasmin (2), Matt, Richard and family, Sally and Somphet also joined the party. Thanks to Sally for putting the delicious menu together and setting up the private room arrangements. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

GPS Tracks

GPS Tracks

Our 4.7 mile hike that took us to the highest peak on the Ko’olau Mountain Range and down into the deep and thick valley of Manoa was another fun adventure with good company.

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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Wahinee01 September 12, 2020 at 1:02 pm

Funny the eggs in the yawyaws mouth. Never a dull moment! Lol
Yummy dinner afterwards, I missed dem food at the restaurant.

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kenji SAITO September 14, 2020 at 9:46 am

Aloha Tessa,
Yup never a dull moment in the mountains. That food was ono!
Mahalo

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