Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ascent on Hihimanu


The splendid Okolehao Trail rises to the best vantage point of the Hanalei coast and valley. Footing along the trail was precarious and downright dangerous due to the downpour the night before. "End of the Trail" marker was at an elevation of 1,300 ft with a satisfying 360 degree view of the Hanalei region. Hihimanu summit's Batman profile up close and personal was worth the death-defying jaunt. To forge ahead would have taken a Tarzan swing down a rope suspended down a slippery cliff. We backed off at that point. The two miles back required fancy stepping through steep snotty roots. Bring hiking poles on this one.