Another defeat by Mo'ole Valley today but I'm inching closer to finding what I'm going to call the "Lost Trail to Lanihuli". I'm sure there are a lot of people running around who know this thing like the back of their hand but to someone who's never been in there it's pure chaos. Slowly I'm sorting through the pig, hunter, and hiker trails of this secluded valley nestled just one ridge ewa of Nu'uanu.
|Trespassing begins here|
|The old water system|
Safely though the tunnel my next challenge was to try and find the old trail that roughly 10 years ago the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club had done. Dayle Turner, I believe, pioneered this route but I don't think many folks do it anymore. My first order of business was to cross the small waterfall ahead. No problem. The second waterfall isn't much further at it's a big one. I spotted a black rope and followed it. Every so often I'd catch sight of an old orange or pink ribbon. Some were easy to spot, others were coated in lichen or moss making them very difficult to spot. It took me hours to make my way up the valley. I was constantly loosing the old trail and between the camouflage ribbons and the new growth it was horrible trying to figure out where to go. There must be a HUGE population of pigs here judging by the wallows and the number of pig trails. I'd pound through the brush only to have been on an imagined trail. I'd have to back track and try and regroup. A lot of the trail is along the hills above the stream meaning there is some climbing to do too. Unfortunately, I ended up doing a lot of fruitless climbing searching for trail.
|Trying to sort through this sucks. The waterfalls block progress via the stream.|
The first waterfall looking and the second picture is looking down from the only left bypass waterfall
Frustration set in as I picked my way through the valley. I knew I was on the right track when I found an old rope and a newer rope hanging from the side of a waterfall. It was actually a pretty tough climb on a slippery wet slope to reach the next level of the stream. More frustration. Where the hell is this trail?! Up a side waterfall I spotted an old ribbon. I climbed up the waterfall and trashed around some more. Extension cord! Climbing up via the old orange cord put me onto a trail contouring the side of the valley. I spotted some orange ribbons encouraging forward but lost them a couple times as well resulting in more searching. Did I mention my pants ripped? Huge crotch blow out climbing some pig trail.
|I loved this one... it's pretty and, more importantly, the trail is obvious to the right of it (not pictured)|
One of the reasons I'd really like to get this one figured out is that I love Lanihuli but using the Na Pueo Bypass Trail and the Kapalama Loop Trail are just long. There are a couple more places I'd like to explore here and this would be a fantastic route to use for that. Today it took me four hours to accomplish one way what I did in about an hour and change on the way back.
If anyone can help me any information about this trail I'd appreciate it. Most importantly, I'd really like to know when it leaves the valley and heads up to the Lanihuli Trail on Alewa Ridge I have a bad feeling that that part is going to be very badly overgrown with uluhe and may be difficult to find from the valley below.
Not many pictures from this one, sorry.
Aloha and thanks for reading.