While we were climbing our way back out of the canyon, we ran into some fellow hikers who recommended another hike. They said the trail from the far end of the Pu'u Hinahina lookout was not as strenuous. Well, I don't know why they thought that. But first the lookout.
Hey! What's that over on the ridge? Is that the trail we'll be taking?
So we started out hiking through the woods. Soon we found ourselves heading downhill. And down, and down. then climbing back up and up until we came to this point.
What?!? We could have driven here?!? Well, maybe not in the rental car. So we continued to this very nice lookout point.
From there we could just see the section of the trail on the ridge. But because that would have involved another decent and ascent through a side canyon, we decided to turn around.
Diana making her way though the lush vegetation.
We were glad we didn't have to hike to see the fantastic view of the Kalalau Valley from the Pu'u o Kila lookout at the end of the road.
With the jagged cliffs and ridges of the Na Pali coast.
From there we could also see Mt. Wai'ale'ale, one of the wettest spots on earth (Or we could if it wasn't shrouded in clouds.
On the way back down, we stopped a few other places to enjoy the awesome (and I don't use that word lightly) view.
And I had to screech to a stop and snap this sign. Does anybody else think it's funny, or is it just me?
(Maybe I was just hungry after all that hiking.)