This was an unexpectedly fun hike for us!
This hike is supposed to be a really popular one on the island. But, as we discovered, not too many people actually head out to it (making me wonder how popular Real Hiking on Oahu actually is…). Basically, you head from Honolulu toward the mountains on some local roads until you hit the jungle. And then there’s a little parking lot where you pay $5 and do your best to find the trail head. This hike was, by far, the most natural hike we did. The trail was a real, dirt trail, any steps or stairs along the way were put there just placed to sort of aid in the trekking over the mud, and there were plenty of rocks and boulders to maneuver around. In short, this hike totally rocked!
The trek is about a mile each way and the trail is very wet and muddy. This is, after all, a rain forest. At the end of the trial you’re treated to a waterfall (which makes sense, since this is what lies at the end of so many trails in Hawaii ). This particular waterfall is about 160 feet, narrow, and really sort of cute and sweet to sit at for a while.
I ended up scooting ahead of Mike on the way back and did some trail running on my own. It was so much fun! Although when we met up at the car after the hike, Mike mentioned I scared some of the other hikers. Guess they’re not too used to folks running on the trails. At any rate, the (refreshing!) run on the way back hindered me from taking photos, so this entry is rather light in the picture department. But still probably the highlight hike of the whole trip for me.
I certainly recommend it!