Happy 2017 from on top of a mountain! We tackled our first trail of the new year today. Along the crystal blue shores of Makaha you can see fishermen, boaters, surfers, sea life, sunny skies, and a little mountain known as Mauna Lahilahi.
On countless trips to Makaha we have glimpsed hikers going up and down what appeared to be crazy, jagged rocks. We glimpsed the Hawaiian flag glistening in the sun with a beautiful tapestry of blue behind it. We all wanted to take a closer look!
Today was that day. We parked in the neighborhood at the base of Lahilahi. Conveniently, the street name is also...Lahilahi. From the car to the top, we let instinct guide us. There was no clear path. This is not a state sanctioned trail and there are signs warning of danger---mostly (I'm guessing) from falling off rocks and rocks potentially falling on you.
Should you choose to throw caution to the wind and blaze a trail of your choosing up the side of this mountain, make sure to wear a hat, shades, and drink water---it was warm (not that I'm complaining mainland friends!)
There are many scenic photo opportunities as you half hike, half climb up Lahilahi. Now I know where postcard photographers must come for that perfect West Oahu shot.
Lahilahi was the perfect first hike of the new year, pushing us outside of our typical trail comfort zone. This hike is not long in length so you can easily schedule it in conjunction with a beach outing before/after.
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