Iliahi Ridge Loop - June 3, 2009
Just off the Manana/Waimano Falls trail is a loop hike known as Iliahi Ridge. The trail was conjured up just several years ago by the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club and is relatively new. At only five miles, the trail descends to Manana Stream from a power line, crosses Manana stream, climbs up to Iliahi Ridge, follows the ridge to a junction that descends back into Manana Valley, crosses the stream again, then climbs up to the Manana Ridge trail just before the picnic table. The hike offers great views into South Waiawa Valley and Manana Valley. The trail also offers up a workout. I don't have much to say about the hike, but I know I'll be doing it again. Just before the junction back into Manana Valley there is another junction that drops down into South Waiawa Valley. I'm looking forward to exploring that valley sometime in the future, for there are a few swimming holes I've heard of. I've also heard of a nice waterfall in Manana Stream that is located somewhere between the Manana Ridge picnic table and helipad. Pu'u O Kila in Kahana Valley is in our sights for this Thursday. Check the blog for an update.