|DATE:||June 14, 1997||WEATHER:||mostly sunny and clear, brief downpours||HIKERS:||Daryn Ohta, Grant Tokumi|
(RIGHT) - This was taken at the waterfall looking out of the valley.
I'm very sad to say that we were defeated on this hike. The trail led us up the stream. However, the stream started to disappear, and was very overgrown in areas. There were markers along the way (Mahalos to those that mark these awesome trails), but the area was just too overgrown (with those darn thorny plants) to find them all. We ended up losing the trail and turning around at that point. The trail should lead to the top of the ridge again, and meet up with the Pu'u Manamana hike.
Next time, I think I will wear long pants on this hike to protect my legs from those pokey plants. Maybe even long sleeve shirt too. And a machete. And gloves. And a map. How about a football helmet to protect my face from being poked too. The hike took us around 7 hours to complete. That includes an hour break for lunch, and around 1 to 2 hours of searching for the trail, and backtracking from places that wasn't the trail. So the Hidden Valley trail still remains hidden for us......
This hike was still a very nice hike. Its probably a tough hike since you will have to travel on parts of the narrow Pu'u Manamana trail. It gave a nice variety of hiking environments, and the views were spectacular.