OHE November 18, 1998

Date: Wed, 18 Nov 1998 13:25:33 -1000
From: MARK SHORT (MARKESHORT@worldnet.att.net>
Subject: best rainy hike??

Any thoughts on the best hike in the rain?

Been on Maunawili Demo a few times in rain hoping to see all the waterfalls. Guess still not enough rain!

Reply From: "STONE, J. BRANDON" (802005%cchpd@co.honolulu.hi.us>

I like to be in the jungle when it's raining. If you can get down into Pauoa Valley, there's a waterfall, maybe 60' high, which flows nicely when raining, but is otherwise usually dry. I've never figured out how to get to the base of the waterfall, but the trail takes you right by the top of it.

There are plenty of streams, too, which are not too pleasant when dry or stagnant, but which liven up very nicely during and after rainfall. Little Waimalu (as some people call it) comes to mind--the small stream which branches off of the Waimalu Ditch Trail. The trail into Little Waimalu Valley goes off to the right of the main trail about a half-hour from the trailhead, just at the point where the main trail descends to cross Little Waimalu Stream.

If you happen to be on the Waimano Ridge Trail during or after some serious rainfall, there's a high waterfall visible in the distance (about a mile as the crow flies), mauka and to the left as you are facing the summit. That falls is only visible, though, from a small portion of the ridge trail. I think you can see it best from the crossover point at the 5 1/2 mile marker. The falls itself is located at about 1400' next to the second 'A' in the word WAIMANO on the topo. I went to the falls one time when it was nearly dry, but the trip was almost entirely in the streambed and I certainly wouldn't recommend it for a rainy day.

There's another waterfall which only flows significantly in the rain: It's visible to the right of the trail, facing the summit, from the open area immediately before the Big Dip on the Waiau Trail. Beautiful. I don't necessarily recommend the trip, but if you happen to be there you'll be able to enjoy the view of that distant gem.

If you can make your way to the back of Waihe'e Valley on the Windward Side, there's a point on the dirt road from which we once, on a very rainy day, counted 27 waterfalls along the high walls of the circular amphitheater which surrounded us. The wraparound symmetry of the valley as seen from that point is highly unusual.

Gear tip: On a chilly, rainy winter day I once hiked into Pauoa in a shorty wetsuit. I was plenty warm!


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