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.