T5 Waterfalls

by kenji SAITO on November 17, 2018

Hiking T5 Waterfalls

Matt invited Analyn, Cisco, Ferlino and myself to an impromptu hiking weekend on the Valley Isle. We got picked up at the airport, went to Zippy’s for breakfast and then stocked up on supplies at Target for the weekend.

Trailhead

Trailhead

Hikers from all over travel to Maui to see her picturesque collection of waterfalls, today with the steady rain saturating the grounds, we would be no different.

Trail

Trail

Following the trail as it headed deeper into the lush and verdant forest.

Hunters

Hunters

We bumped into a hunters truck whose dogs were out sniffing for game, how about sniffing out the trail for us?

Bonus Waterfalls

Bonus Waterfalls

Looked like the habitat for smeagol, who might at any minute come out looking for his “precious.” Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Trail

Trail

We rounded the bend in the trail before Matt realized we were going the wrong way.

Rain gauge

Rain gauge

Back on the right trail.

Brown water advisory

Brown water advisory

If we had to cross the chocolate colored stream, it would have been hike over. Luckily we just had to follow the road the entire way. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Irrigation tunnel

Irrigation tunnel

Looking out from inside the tunnel. Photo by Analyn Baliscao.

Irrigation tunnel

Irrigation tunnel

One turn of this wheel and the photoshoot will be over. Tempting. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Irrigation tunnel

Irrigation tunnel

Watching the roiling waters being diverted and shunted to other uses, robbing peter to pay paul. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Group photo further upstream left to right: Cisco, Matt, tangerine, myself, Analyn and Ferlino.

Trail

Trail

If you have to hike in the rain, this is the trail to do it in. Just miles of jeep roads winding through the lush forest.

Stream

Stream

Watching our step as we forded the stream, as we didn’t want to go down the slippery slope. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Trail

Trail

We are not alone in the mountains.

T4

T4

A canyoneering route that drops down into the valley. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Irrigation tunnel

Irrigation tunnel

Walking through the vast system developed to bring water down from the watershed to the agricultural plains down below.

Elephant ear

Elephant ear

Ask and Mother Nature shall provide shelter from her tears.

Feeding time

Feeding time

Only male hands may transfer cuttlefish to these lips. People are watching.

Trail

Trail

Almost there. Really.

T5

T5

I’m not a real big fan of waterfalls, but these literally took my breath away as the spigot was turned on full blast.

T5

T5

Watching the tremendous volume of water surging its way down from the mountain …

T5

T5

… and plunging thousands of feet down into the valley.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

The only waterfall that could be safely stood under without being swept away.

Trail

Trail

Bridging divides since 1924. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Stream

Stream

Life above the turbid stream beneath us. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Group photo at the next waterfall. We soon retreated further down the road away from the cold wind to have our lunch.

Playing with food

Playing with food

Is that a Cheeto in your shorts or are you just glad to see us? Maye not that glad.

Cracking eggs

Cracking eggs

When you are done playing with your food and need to crack your hard boiled eggs on something hard.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Thanks to another encore photoshoot, we got to see …

T5

T5

… clear across the valley to the waterfalls where we had just come from. Another canyoneering route that has been done by a handful of people, in dry conditions. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Stream

Stream

Crossing back over the stream as it coursed its way down from the mountains.

T5

T5

Walking the plank again.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

Looking back as the clouds cleared up again. Photo by Ferlino Carinio.

Trail

Trail

Posing for the yearbook photo. A couple years late. Photo by Matt Vidaurri.

Red ginger

Red ginger

Smelling the flowers on our way out.

Afternoon wood

Afternoon wood

Is that a branch on your tree or are you just glad to see us? Really glad. Photo by Cisco Quintanilla.

Trail

Trail

Passing the swollen stream that was being fed by the constant rainfall on our way out.

All pau

All pau

Walking out of our 9.7 mile trail, which was arguably the easiest hike in terms of intensity. No bushwhacking or crazy ridges to climb, simply straight walking to the destination. Thanks Matt for another great waterfall hike.

Waterfalls

Waterfalls

So many waterfalls to see and not enough time. Post hike meal at Da Kitchen where the plates were bigger than our stomachs.

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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Ferlino December 29, 2018 at 6:38 am

Thank you Kenji and Matt. Such an awesome treat! Unforgettable, unbelievable display of nature!

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kenji SAITO December 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

Aloha Ferlino,
Thanks for coming along. Definitely an awesome show that we witnessed!
Mahalo

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Cisco December 29, 2018 at 12:09 pm

The Best Waterfalls I’ve seen so far…Thanks Matt for the Invite and Hospitality really appreciate it…Thanks Kenji, Matt, Analyn, and Ferlino…That was Super Fun!

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kenji SAITO December 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

Aloha Cisco,
Thanks for tagging along. It was one of the most jaw dropping waterfalls I’ve seen to date as well!
Mahalo

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