I was bored today and had not done a real hike for a long time so I decided to give Manana a try since it's close to my house. It was also another wonderful day for a hike so I thought I would take advantage of it. I started after lunch at 12:20pm and figured I would go as far as I can until 2pm then turn back since I had to be back home by 4pm.
About 20 min. into the hike, I passed the familiar junction that goes down to Waimano Pools. I thought from this point on, the trail is going to get tough, going up and down. To my amazement, the trail wasn't like that at all. It was what Pat Rorie (sp) would call a "freeway." The trail was wide open and clear. There were a few ups and downs, but the accent/decents were gradual or very short and somewhat steep.
There was a junction, right before the part where Ball says, "Break out into the open" in his book, that pretty obscure. You're suppose to take a left and the all of the junctions, but I missed this one, took a right, and got a little sidetracked. The trail started decending and getting really steep. After going down about 20 yards or so, I saw the real trail and knew I wasn't going the right way. Interestingly, this trail lead to some sort of shelter covered with army camoflage and blue canvas. I don't know if anyone occupied it, as I didn't see anyone, but it wasn't run down. I didn't want to climb down, so I turned around and headed for the real trail. I found it with no problems this time and that's when the ridge open up.
I loved this part of the trail. The views were excellent in all directions. Parts of the trail here had the black "steps" for the little humps hikers have to go over. Do you know who puts these in? I did make the climb over these tiny humps easier.
After that part, I got to the grassy area as Ball mentions in his book. The trail is still wide open and easy to walk. I eventually came to this hill with a mudslide "cliff" on one side. It's a nice, flat grassy area perfect for camping resting. It also had a nice view of the Waianae range and the Mililani plains.
On I went and I eventually got to the first steep climb of the hike and stopped at the top of the knob. I believe it's map pt. E in Ball's book. >From this point on, the trail is still clear and open, but the steep accents and decents begin. I couldn't believe that I made it to this point in about 1.5 hrs. Another 1.5 to 2 hrs and I think I can make it to the summit. It was about 1:50pm when I got here. I sat down and rested, enjoying the view and quenching my thirst.
At about 2pm, feeling well rested I decided to head back before I got too lazy. Heading back was even easier since it's mostly downhill. At about 3:15, I had past the water tank and powerline tower when I bumped into 4 local guys picking some kind of plant, which they carried in plastic grocery bags. These guys were not hikers since they had no idea where the trail went and how long it was. I felt a little intimidated since they had the funky hairstyles that a whole bunch of kids have these days, lots of tatoos on their arms and backs, and outnumbers 4 to 1 incase they were aggressive. As I approached them, I said "Howzit" and told them about the trail and where it goes. One guy asked me as interesting question, "What did you do back there?" Most people usually asked me how the hike was. Well, I just told him that I just enjoyed the hike and checked the place out. I didn't bother asking them what they were picking over there, for obvious reasons. Anyway, I passed them without any trouble and reached my car at 3:20 pm. Apparently these guys were not from the nearby area since they left Pacific Palisades entirely. (I happend to follow them out.) I know the area that they were picking their stuff from, perhaps a few of us can go back there one day and check it out.
Well, that was my half-day adventure today,