SO, I was suppose to post a hike every Friday, but as you can tell that wasn't happening at all. I'm quite happy that I have a hike to share with everyone!
I've actually done Laie Falls three times and the summit once, so you'll have quite the mix-up of pictures. I think I've gone during every season except the winter months. OK, lets cover some facts:
- It's considered to be an intermediate trail, I'm not really sure how to rate trails, but my levels are dying or not dying. We definitely weren't dying on this trail, but we hit about a mile of on and off muddiness on the way to the summit, which hindered our time by a lot.
- Hiking time was 7 hours and was 14 miles (estimate). We thought it was just a 10 mile hike, but we were quite wrong. As we told people, they were like that's only 4 extra miles ... my rule of thumb is no comments unless you've done it.
- If you read reviews on Yelp, it mentions that you need a permit, I've gone all three times without a permit. And I've always come across a few of the locals and they don't mind, just be respectful, of course. The trail is said to be closed on Sunday.
We saw a lot of info for Laie Falls, which is fine because we did take a little pit stop there and mulled over if we wanted to continue on to the summit. After the falls, we were kind of hiking blind because we had no idea where the summit actually was, all we had were the pink flags that marked the trail. We made it to the falls in about an hour-ish (I could be really wrong about that) or so, I can't remember. Had a little snack and water by the waterfall and the true journey began.
The reason why it took us a long time was because you have to go in and out of the ridgeline and gradually make your way up towards the summit. Just imagine snaking through a trail, it was literally that kind of motion, but much more stretched out. We had no idea where the summit was until we were about 5-10 minutes away. Everything just looked the same, you'll notice the various ridges, but they were nearly the same height! After a couple of hours, I made a decision to say 20 more minutes and we're heading back down, but thankfully that's when we got to our destination. The in and out of the trail, plus the mud was what really cost us time. And going back down took just as long. I definitely don't regret doing this trail to the summit, but I have no desire to do it again. There are plenty of other hikes on Oahu that are much more rewarding.
The wind was so strong at the top that it nearly knocked us over as we stood. Well it managed to knock me on my ass; I took a little video from the top!
I think this was the longest hike I've done, so it was quite the accomplishment. I'm itching to go hiking again, but it has been such a rain fest over here since Hurricane Ana came through. I already have my next hike planned, but who knows when I'll get the chance to do it. If you have any questions about this hike or looking for a suggestion, feel free to comment below!
|This is to the left of the road that leads to the Laie Trailhead.|
|One of my biggest pet peeves on hikes, everyone's need to mark up the signs! Look at the different from the top picture to this one ...|