HTMC was supposed to do Tripler from Moanalua, and so I drove there and waited, and waited, and waited. One other guy was there waiting. And then Steve Brown showed up and said the hike's been changed to Maunawili. I was incredulous, but Steve appeared serious, so, we drove back over Pali Hwy to the hairpin turn. I saw the other guy turn from H-1 on Pali, but never saw him again; maybe he didn't know what the "hairpin turn" is.
Trail is very much the same as 4 months ago when I did it last, except the bee warning sign is gone; maybe the bees are gone. There is nobody at the trailhead, only some unrecognized cars parked there, and so I hiked alone; which is fine, as this is such a wide-open, easy trail.
I thought I would catch up with some Club hikers, or some would return already, but no one I recognize. There is one British guy with an Asian woman, one guy without shirt, and a bunch of Boy Scouts, and nobody else.
Time passes fast when the trail is so easy. Soon it was noon, and I was near to the Waimanalo-side saddle. I thought that it would be neat to get to the saddle, and then walk down the Government Road into Maunawili valley and then walk back to the hairpin turn, but I don't want to do it alone, for I'd like to at least tell somebody, and I was becoming convinced that no one was on this hike; maybe "Steve Brown" was a phantom?
On the dot at noon it started pouring. Solved my dilemma: I am going to sit down, have lunch, and turn back. Which I did uneventfully. Many gullies up the Pali became beautiful waterfalls on the way back. I stopped more often to admire the scenery and so was actually going slower on the way back. About half-way, the leader Dave Sanford and friend caught up from the rear. Seemed that there _was_ a hike.
Got back to the hairpin turn about 3, and the guy with no shirt (who now has a shirt) says to me that he went down to Waimanalo to wait for the British guy and friend, who said they wanted to hike one-way to the end and then get a ride back, but he waited and waited for an hour and no one came out. I figured that British guy was slow, and could take till 3 pm to come out. Since I could go home via Waimanalo anyway, I decided to drive to that other trailhead and see if I can help. Last time we came out one-way at Waimanalo and had quite some difficulty getting a ride back, and so I'd like to help people in a similar predicament.
Down there I drove, and no one came out or was waiting. There was one lone car parked there. I hung around a few minutes, and decided to check out the Bear Claws Ridge that Fred Dodge did, and that Dayle Turner claims now has several white sheets way up.
Took Waikupanaha its entire length. Seems like there is one white sheet on the western ridge, and two sheets on the eastern ridge. Got to the end, and talked to one friendly resident, and he said a neighbor put those sheets up, and that one can go up the eastern ridge by a road nearby. I immediately checked that one out, and yes, it seems to go. I also checked access to the western ridge, and it seems that a water tank affords access.
The eastern ridge looks doable, about the same sort of difficulty as Ohulehule southeastern ridge (guess who? is interested), while the western ridge looks slightly more formidable, as there is a near-vertical section, which, however, may be bypassable on the side.
So, Pakalolo, when are we going to check these Bear Claws out?