Waipuhia peak, near Pali Puka, Oahu

Decided to continue beyond the Pali Puka today to explore and document the trails beyond.  Just past the puka the trail traversed a muddy region and then broke right into a class 4 climb with many ropes and roots to cling onto for the steepest section.  Was easily navigated with meticulous foot placement and solid handholds.  Too cloudy and wet to permit further exploration beyond the first peak, will defer to another day!  Trail overview here, very short & steep.

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Great just what I want to find in the geocache…

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Some of the ropes are dangerously frayed, be cautious.

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Will save the rest of this hike for a clearer day.

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Cool little Easter egg, see if you can find it.

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Crazy steep section, great roots to cling to.

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Pali Puka hike, Oahu

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Parking at the front door to this hike is one of the many benefits of a motorcycle :)

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Very short hike, starts off with some steep and rooted out sections.

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Then it opens up to a cliff.

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Some ropes if you need it.

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Have to be surefooted here, this is the cliff where “over 700 Oʻahu warriors either jumped or were pushed over the edge of the Pali” to their deaths.  This is a death drop for sure, lucky there is some good rooted bushes on the Honolulu side that you can use if the wind picks up.

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This is the Puka (stands for hole in Hawaiian).  It can be seen from Kailua and Honolulu if you focus.

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This is the view of the range from the Pali lookout area.

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Another view from the Pali lookout.

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A little poolcrashing is in order at the Sheraton Waikiki.

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And my favorite Korean place Chodang.

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And a lovely sunset to cap it off.