Owing to yesterday’s Hanakapi’ai Falls hike, waking up this morning was incredibly hard. Is this another sign of aging, where we can’t do back to back 8-mile hikes anymore?
Since we only have 2 more days of hiking on the island, I decided to push the agenda. I have 5 trails on my hike list. All 5 located in the Waimea and Koke’e State Parks. However, I really didn’t nail down a must do hike. So I was still trying to figure it out on our way there. I needed to take Joe’s ankles into consideration. Too ambitious a hike will spell trouble, and unfortunately, I only know ambitious hikes. So I opted for the least strenuous hike with the option of turning around early without missing much, i.e., a dramatic view or towering waterfalls. Pihea trail it was. It leads to a swamp often enshrouded in fog. Nothing to see there.
On the way to the trailhead, we stopped at a couple of vista points.
Finally, we reached the Pihea trailhead at the end of the Koke’e road.
This was actually a blessing in disguise, as we were both tired from the previous day’s hike and were in no shape to do a full 7-mile hike. So we happily turned around.
This is one of those hikes that’s not so much about the destination, but more about the journey. For a baby hike of 2-miles round trip, it was packed with unexpected scenery and interesting terrain. Not a bad hike at all, not bad at all.