Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Short Hike on the Na Pali Coast

We took Gary's advice and got on the road early our first day for a short hike on the Na Pali coast, starting at Ke e Beach.   

The road was just opened that morning after being closed for six days due to rain run off damage.  We were told that it rained 45" in one week.  I don't know if that is true, but you could sure see that there was a lot of damage.

Our morning started with a sun shiny day, and we were bummed to come to the trail head and see the trail was closed.  There was also a hand written note that said that there was a fatality at Hanakapi'ai Creek crossing 6 days earlier. ( Our destination )

We had heard the beach was one of the 5 most deadliest beaches in the world, but we were not planning on swimming, just hiking.
So, after a little discussion we realized what our friends Mike and Lowry would do on a sunny day like we were experiencing.  We looked both ways, and started our hike which quickly rose above the beach to a stunning view!
The views down the coast are amazing!
We made it to the stream crossing and found these signs warning about the dangers.  There are 82 hashers signifying fatalities.  I don't know if this is an accurate count after looking latter on the internet.  However, there are many and I found it was sadly true that a woman was washed away at the stream crossing 6 days earlier.
The day was sunny, the stream was managable and we scampered across with almost dry feet!
There was cool stone art on the stone beach above the sand.  There was also wicked wave action that we watched with awe and did not go down to the sand portion of the beach.

There was also really cute feral cats hanging out in the rocks, and I spent my time trying to coax them over for some quality time verus getting their pictures.
We canceled our plans to hike the 2 miles up to the waterfall.  The trail was still too muddy from all the previous rain.  So, we enjoyed our hike back along this beautiful coast looking forward to the rest of our vacation.

1 comment:

  1. You, two, don't do anything easy do you!