Hiking Oahu--MoOle Falls 1-3

January 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I'm not sure if this was my 4th or 5th time hiking in Mo'Ole Valley, but I do know I have never ventured past waterfall #2....

Until today...

 

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Today was a day Oahu Hikers and Hiking With Keiki got together.  Yeah, I don't mind the kids so much when I'm not responsible for them :-).

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Plus, the little dude in front probably could out hike me on most trails.  Kid is a beast!

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Look at that concentration.  He fought me for the lead position the whole way :-).

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The always beautiful scenery in the valley.

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Of course we have to stop for a smoke break once in awhile.....Ok, not me and actually not smoke.  Amy is simply posing per my request and that is vapor, not smoke :-).

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This just after exiting the mud-filled tunnel.  I don't even wanna think about what is in there, but we sure did walk through it.....twice.

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And again....cuz...ya know...why not?

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No sun shining through to make this web pop, but I think they're cool looking.  You can see the creator of this web in the middle.

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Same web with falls #1 to the left.

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I thought I took a group pic with everyone looking at me.  Guess not lol

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Starting the climb above #1, on the way to what I thougth was #2.

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The baby-wearing mamas decided to go back from here.  Since I got us lost, it was a good decision on their part.

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This is standing at the top of falls #3.  Yeah, about half way to 3, I realized I had skipped by #2.  Didn't have time to go back, but glad we continued on to this one.  A beautiful and peaceful place back in the valley.

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Heather and Shannon on the other side of the falls.

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And the above, of course, the aforementioned falls #3.  #2 is much bigger and I hear the biggest of the 7-12 falls in the valley (I've heard 7 and as many as 12.)  One day I'll figure it out :-).

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The pic above really doesn't do this view justice.  It's kind of a mini falls between 2 and 3.  3 would be behind me in this pic and the pool you're looking at is the top of #2.  And of course the view out into the city.  Next time I'll go on a vog-less, clear day and I bet this shot is even more amazing!

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Back to that lovely mud-filled tunnel...

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And the end.  Easy from here....or it should have been anyway.  Got a little lost, but nothing too bad :-).

The final stats....

FMF (Fat-Man-Factor)(FMF is a difficulty scale from 1-10, from an out of shape, fat, white guy's point of view): 5  This one gets a 5 cuz I'm fat, but if I hiked here every week, I wouldn't be for long.  The hike to falls #1 isn't much of a workout; mostly flat.  Had we went to #2, that's not much either, but the trip to #3 is uphill and quite the workout.  Plus, at nearly 6 miles, my dogs are still barkin several hours later.
Great hike though.  The tunnel makes it a unique experience if you have adventurous kids you need to get motivated to get out of the house :-).  


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