Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2000 07:05:00 -1000 From: DaKine900@AOL.com (Tom Cress) Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject: Manana Trail
Going on my New Year's resolution to not give up too easily on things, I thought a good test would be to complete Manana Trail. Manana is an awesome hike. You can take a leisurely stroll along the first section for an afternoon hike, jog, mountain bike, or just whatever. It also provides access to Waimano Pool. Over the past 5 years I've never made it all the way to the summit, but I've poked around just about every side trial along the way. I always gave up when things got tough. After trying several other hikes around the island, I decided this was it. I WAS going to do it, no turning back.
I started my day at 4am, gathered my gear and got to the trailhead just before 5am. It was still dark but, using my flashlight, it was no problem. It's an interesting trail by flashlight. The skies were clear and the moon was in full form, showing off its crescent. The wind was calm, making this a very tranquil event. After several hours, the sun started coming out. I made it past the rope sections with no problems. The fear of the ropes had been subdued a few months ago when I first tried them. When I got to the middle portion of the trail, I cleared out a few overgrown spots. I only did this for about a mile, deciding that I wanted to save my energy for the rest of the hike.
I passed the spot where I have turned back many times before and became excited as to what lay ahead for me. The trail was clear, then overgrown, then clear, then overgrown (etc.â^À¦) and then mud, mud and more mud. There were a few steep climbs to small peaks and clearings that gave good views of the adjacent ranges and valleys. Beautiful scenery back there. After a few more miles, I finally got to the summit (2660 feet). I was a little disappointed because there is no end of trial marker. Just a mile marker that says "5". I usually snap a picture of the trail markers, but not this time. (If anyone can obtain an "End of Manana Ridge Trail" sign, I'd be more than happy to take it up there!)
The summit was locked in by clouds, but I could tell I was at the apex because of the Ko'olau Summit Trail going left and right. The steep drop-off in front of me gave it away too. I think it took me 3 Â½ hours to get here. I waited for the clouds to break, and they did for about a minute. It was a little chilly and the wind was strong. I decided to take a nap. I slept for about an hour, hoping that the clouds would disperse by then. But it was still fog city. I waited a while and they eventually broke for a few minutes. Just long enough to snap a few pictures. Beautiful views of the east-side of Oahu and Ka'alaea Valley. I decided no to go to Mt. Eleao, even though I wanted to. (prior commitments, Monday night football at Cheerleadersâ^À¦)
On the way back I was rewarded with excellent views of Pearl Harbor and the Wai'anae range. An excellent overall hike. Next time, its up Manana and back down Waimano! Happy hiking!