|Walking along the ridge overlooking Windward Oahu|
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
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.
Pali Puka is an awesome hike. Through and through. It doesn’t bullshit around with a long approach and gets down to climbing as soon as you walk through the bamboo covered “trailhead.” This entrance is pretty cool because you can’t see it unless you’re looking directly at it from the front. Felt like a superhero hideout, or somewhere in a treasure hunt story marking something very very bad. So up we went.
|Looking up at our hike ahead|
|The "trailhead" next to the bus parking lot|
|Jeremy and the windward window|
Climbing the super vertical rock face looks daunting, especially without the proper equipment. Legendary Chuck Godek did it decades ago, but he was also insane. Now, climbing up the left side in the trees looks absolutely doable, and would be the most efficient way to gain the ridgeline, which eventually leads to the top of Pu’u Lanihuli. I’ll have to add that to my to do list.
|Disneyland for the insane|
|Wilson Tunnels cut into the mountainside|
|Clear view of the Pali Lookout|
|National Geographic worthy, or a Geico commercial reject|
|Height perspective of the cliff face blocking my access to Lanihuli|