Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Kinsmans - Hiking

North Kinsman (4,293 ft)
South Kinsman (4,358 ft)
Trails: Mount Kinsman Trail, Kinsman Ridge Trail/Appalachian Trail
Distance: 10.0 miles roundtrip
Duration: 8.0 hours (include stops along the trail for breaks, at the lookout at summits)
My 4000+ Peaks #25 & #26
Listed 4000+: #28 & #26
Difficulty: Strenuous
Danger: Medium (steep portions and rock scrambling of trail on ridge)

I’m sorry, but I do not like butt sliding. And as I explained to Sue and Lisa, “I do not like to get my buttocks wet!” We all laughed, but they knew I was serious! The rain was on its way and would make for some slippery trail scrambling. But it wouldn’t be until the afternoon and after we had summited both the North and South Kinsman

It was a beautiful morning for a hike and Sue and I ended up at the trailhead an hour late. But we eventually caught up with Lisa. The Mt. Kinsman trail is beautiful and takes you through the woods while the Kinsman Ridge Trail takes you along the ridge with a few rock scrambles, but nothing too difficult.

Enjoy photos I took on the hike!

Along the trail

 Lookout near the North Kinsman summit

South Kinsman summit
Lisa in the summit cairn throne

Lisa's knee!
It ain't a real hike unless there's blood, sweat and tears!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Crepes, Lulumahu Falls - Hiking

Lulumahu Falls 
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Danger: Low to High (slippery, muddy spots along trail, several water crossings, potential loose rocks/debris at top of waterfall)

My last day of hiking on O’ahu was spent with Neil and my cousin Darrell. Delicious crepes, hiking a beautiful lush valley and great hiking companionship....what more could a girl ask for!

The morning started off with Neil treating us to a pre-hike breakfast at Crepes No Ka Oi in Kailua. I have to admit, I’ve never been to a Creperie and I didn’t know what to expect. But Neil highly recommended this eatery, and I’m sure glad we ate there. We got there 5 minutes before they opened and Neil pointed out the menu that was posted in the window. I was surprised to find out that they also made meat crepes. Neil suggested the Popeye’s Power crepe made with fresh spinach, sautéed onions, melted Jack and Cheddar cheeses, honey ham with a side of Hollandaise sauce. I love fresh spinach so Popeye’s it is! 

It was fun to watch them make the crepes on these special griddles.

Popeye’s Power Crepe - it was a simple, but filling meal. Actually, I couldn’t eat the entire crepe. Just under the orange slice there is a white orchid and its edible – it tastes like lettuce! 

Berry Heavenly Crepe  - a Hawaiian sugar crepe topped with fresh raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries topped with whipped cream and powdered sugar! (sorry for the blurry iPhone photos!)

The place is cozy, but very clean with lots of good light and local paintings on the walls. I really love the crepes here, better than pancakes anytime. Can’t wait to eat here again when I come to visit O’ahu! Afterwards Neil took us to hike to Lulumahu Falls and to Kaniakapupu (the ruins of King Kamehameha’s III summer home), both in Nu’uanu Valley.

The trail leading to the falls is a beautiful walk in the woods! 
Strawberry Guava and Wild Awapuhi grow along side some portions of the trail.
There were several stream crossings and this hike is easy with slight elevation gain.   

Photographing underwater

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Manoa Falls to Nu'uanu Valley - Hiking

Manoa Falls to Nu'uanu Valley
Trails: Manoa Falls, 'Aihualama, Nu'uanu, Judd 
Distance: Approx 4 miles
Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club 
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Danger: Low to High (slippery, muddy spots along trail, several water crossings, potential loose rocks/debris at top of waterfall)

Another amazing hike with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club. This is my last hike with them as I'm due to leave Hawaii in 3 days. I met up with hike organizer Wil Kawano and several other members at the I'olani Palace.  I checked in and paid my donation fee of $3 and had Will sign my HTMC member application. His was the second of two signatures that I needed. Then followed Bryan up to the residential area just before the entrance of Paradise Park where other hikers were waiting. We hiked to the the Manoa Falls trailhead and Wil gave his spiel. The part about 'Aihualama Trail being closed due to a landslide several months ago caught my attention, we were going to hike it anyways. Two club members were already at the landslide section of the trail and had done some work on it to make it passable for the club hike today. Enjoy some of my photos of the our hike from Manoa Falls into the Nu'uanu valley.

At the Manoa Falls trailhead 
Manoa Falls
 Along the 'Aihualama trail

That section along the 'Aihualama trail
that was brought down by a landslide (6)

 John Hall standing in the middle of the trail

Along the Pauoa Flats trail
From the Pauoa Flats lookout
This photo taken at the Pauoa Flats lookout. This trail looks like
it could go up along the ridge and to the top of the Lulumahu Falls.
 Along the Nu'uanu Trail (6)

 Along the Judd Trail (2)
 Crossing Nu'uanu Stream that leads to the Jackass Ginger Swimming Hole (4)