|Beyond the notches|
TOTAL TIME: 2 hrs
PARTICIPANTS: “The Optimist” Jeremy, Me
REHIKE VALUE: 8
This one was Jeremy’s idea. He wanted to do a hike before he had to work at 1500, and suggested Pali Puka. Since it was so short, I decided to combine both Pali Puka and Pali Notches hike. Both begin at the Pali Lookout.
Hah! No parking fee this time. Kama’aina mofo. I learned from the last time I did this hike and saved myself three bucks. Boo-yah!
We took some pictures at the lookout, doing the tourist thing and enjoying the wind. After that, we strolled down to where the eleventy billion trails were to begin our ascent to the Pali Notches. Then, BAM! BAM! BAM! Twenty minutes later we were at the notches. I love this hike. No warmup walk. No slow start. No Mickey Mouse horseshit. Just a straight up climb and you’re there. That’s how it should be.
|Climbing comes quickly and furiously|
|Done with the initial climb|
|Newly installed ropes help the descent|
|A look at the nub and beyond|
|Navigating the second notch|
|The trail beyond the notches|
|Windswept ridge leaves dry branches|
|Contemplating at the nub|
|Making our way down to the Pali Lookout|