This Trekking Tuesday brought me to my new favorite place on Oahu since starting Oahu Hikers.
I really don't have many words to explain the beauty witnessed here.
The most general access to this falls would require you to tresspass. To avoid trespassing requires a much longer and more difficult hike.
It is not open to the public. Hike at your own risk.
I thought it would be a little risky driving up the trail, but Heather wouldn't listen. Women! Always having to show off their new cars!
Brand new car and one of her hoses sprang a leak. Next time she'll listen.
Because I'm old I'm only "pretty sure" this lovely lady's name is Cris. That might be Christina, Chrystalyn, Kris or Krystina, but if I asked the spelling of her name upon meeting her, wouldn't that be a bit odd?
All names aside, this is a bit slippery and muddy going down. On a rainy day, a death trap. 2 years ago my family attempted this and there was all kinds of ropes to help you down. That was 2 1/2 years ago and we didn't think the kids, ages 3, 7 and 11 at the time, would make it without breaking something. Someone thinks less ropes equals less people. Unfortunately, it just means more people at risk of getting hurt.
First view of NaOahia Falls
Time to break out the tripod and get some amazing images. Above and below some of my favorite images I have ever taken.
Playing around for a minute. The black and white looks pretty amazing here.
The pulled back view. I could stare at this all day. My camera just inches above the water; the tripod completely submerged for this angle. LOVE it!
I put on a longer lens. Not really enough room, but I do like the results here as well.
And one more before we go.
My hiking partners for the day. Thanks for joining me, Heather and Cris!
Time to climb back out of here. Climbing out actually much easier and faster than coming down. You'll rarely ever hear me saying that about climbing anything :-).
FMF (Fat-Man-Factor)(FMF is a difficulty scale from 1-10, from an out of shape, fat, white guy's point of view): 3 Calling this a 3 simply because depending on how you access the hike, it may or may not be legal to hike here. There is definitely potential for bad things to happen here. Whether it's sliding down the mud and breaking a limb or jumping into a pond that isn't deep enough, if you're coming here, do your research and be safe.