The trail starts near a trailhead on top of a ridge. Basically, the hike consists of a hike along the ridgecrest to a spectacular view. The hike is about 6.5 miles round trip. Since the starting elevation is about 4000 feet, it was blessedly cool
Lots of lovely ferns on this trail.
It rains a lot in Kauai. In fact, not too many miles away is supposedly the wettest spot on the planet, a mountain top that gets over 400 inches of rain a year. We never saw the mountain because it was cloudy up there all the time.
OK, so it was raining on us just a bit. The dirt can get very slippery, so one needs to be careful. Carrying a trekking pole helps bigtime.
But the rain formed a nice rainbow over the jungle canopy. Maybe this is why a rainbow is a symbol of Hawaii: it rains a lot, followed by sunshine.....
These look like Lantana camara.
As we descended, the trail became drier.
Susie surrounded by flowers.
We could not identify these, but they were lovely and seemed to be the underside of leaves or petals getting ready to open.
This is one of the valleys into which one can look when you get to the end of the trail
Of course, the quiet is likely to be shattered by these giant insects. The Na Pali Coast seems to be a great place for them to hang out.
You feel like you are flying, looking straight down into this valley and the stream running to the coast.
There was a charter school group that had hiked about the same time we started, so we shared the trail with youthful enthusiasm. We took some group photos for them.
A red topped Brazilian Cardinal visited us. We had seen some before, but had not been able to photograph them. Like most animals in Hawaii, they were imported by humans.
Susie drinking in the view has we head back. The trail has a high point near the start of 4050 feet, and descends to about 2200 feet, so it is a climb up on the return. But certainly worth the effort.