Enjoying the wind on my face.
There’s this great little hike that shoots off the Pali Lookout. It’s short and sweet. In just 20 minutes after you park, you’ll be up on a narrow ridge over looking East Oahu. The hike is less and a mile round trip. It’s the perfect trail for those days when you wake up late but want to get out on a ridge. This was my first time checking out this trail and I would definitely come out here again.
Drive up to the Pali Lookout and park in the lot. It’s free for Kama’aina and military folk.
This is the bus lot. The trailhead is here. The trail goes up to a puka (Hawaiian for “hole”) in the ridgeline right under the peak you see there.
The crumbled section of the wall here is the trailhead.
The trail takes you through a bamboo forest at first.
Then you head up to the ridgeline.
Step out onto the ridge and you see this view.
The ridge is narrow but the trail is safe. It goes around the back side of the ridge on certain parts where you’re less exposed.
On the back side of the ridge you can use the roots and branches to make your way up. This would be easier than climbing up crumbling rock on the exposed ridge.
But the exposed parts of the ridgeline are better because of this view.
When you get here you’ve reached the end of the trail and you’re probably standing above the puka. Look down to your left and you’ll see a short path that leads you down to a platform of sorts.
And then you’ll see this, the Pali Puka.
It’s like a wind tunnel so be careful.
But not too careful.
Now simply make your way back down the same way you came up.
There’s no ropes here so watch your step.
That’s the Pali Lookout parking lot.
And don’t forget to look South to take in the view of Nu’uanu Valley.