Bushwhacking through a new ridge, Nu’uanu Pali

I had taken my roommates dog on part of this hike, until I realized it was over his head. Beyond steep ridge sections lay what two able bodied men who had turned back mentioned as ‘hog trails.’ I had a pack full of all I needed for a day long trek, and found that the ‘hog trails’ disappeared into overgrown, and unidentifiable paths. It was up to my preexisting knowledge of these ridges to find a way through back to the trails. The Nu’uanu Pali area is some of the more lush and gorgeous forests I’ve seen on the island, and it was cool to bushwhack through some of it.

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Check out this new 3d photo deal, took it half way up this unnamed spur ridge.

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I didn’t know what to make of this remnant of civilization. Looked like an old concrete slab with a rusted post at the top. I wonder how long it’s been hidden under the brush? This is after walking through the bush for about ten minutes to a point where the view opened slightly to Honolulu.

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Without a doubt the largest woodfan mushroom I’ve ever seen, wonder how huge they do get.

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Some people were busy beautifying these trails, lovely planks eased the path through densely rooted sections.

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Nice map I had passed along the way identifying a lot of the trail systems in these hills. I was on my way to the antennae atop the Manoa ridge.

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And then I made it to the tower, a two or three hours into the hike.

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Just as I was contemplating jumping over the barbed wire to climb the tower. Time to head back after the day’s summit victory.

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Barely visible in the middle of the photograph is the tower I just came from.

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The valley in between Pali and Manoa, looks like a good new place to explore.

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I made it back to the Judd trail, and back to the scooter for a lovely cruise home.

Forest bathing near the Judd trail

A coworker recently told me about ‘forest bathing.’ And from my quick internet search it’s basically the same thing I call a nature walk except with a less linear goal. The idea is to get lost in nature and just enjoy the sights, smells, and foliage around you. It’s something I try to do everyday in some capacity, the other day it was a motorcycle ride through the Tantalus loop, motorcycle bathing maybe? I took Jake out on the trail today so he could get in on some of this hippy forest bathing stuff.

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Nu’uanu Reservoir nature walk

Not too from home I have access to a luscious rain forest where the nature walks are the best. Up the Pali Highway, in a popular hiking trail usually taken to explore the Lulumahu falls, exists much more. The areas surrounding the Nu’uanu reservoir are a place where I often take unknown paths that branch off main trails to find lovely little places where we are alone to our thoughts.

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Fragrant spice ginger plant (‘awapuhi) with pretty tan flowers.

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There are many paths that zig-zag through this bamboo forest path. They are shaded and somewhat spooky!

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Baby bamboo shoot growing from the ground.

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Stream funneling into this man-made drain, a little more movement since recent rainfalls.

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Parts of the Nu’uanu nature walk loop trail were filled with water.

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Tall grove of trees shading our path.

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Little band of birdies took flight around us.

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