hiking
12 hours ago

This morning, my friend and I read a review that said, “F this trail I almost died” and we didn’t take it seriously. I understand now what the person was talking about. She and I are experienced hikers and climbers, I’d say, and we both have a very high — what you could call — “adventure tolerance.” This trail was, straight up, unsafe. Perhaps it was different before heavy rains, but much of the trail was crumbling off the mountain. Based on a below review we did the trail counterclockwise, which I was very grateful for, because there was a very muddy wall with a flimsy rope.....like, that was the trail. And on the side of that was crumbling cliffside. My friend and I looked at each other saying maybe we should go back, but it was nothing we weren’t used to, especially after doing Moanalua, so we decided as long as it didn’t get worse we would keep going. However, it continued to get worse, so much so that we couldn’t really go back because we were afraid we might slip down in the mud going downhill instead of up. There were several times when the trail was as wide as one of my boots. I was never not confident that it would be fine, though I can say I’ve never been happier to see stairs once we finally summited — mind you we believed we had summited several times before being discouraged to see yet another uphill ridge-line with even more slippery cliffsides. When we got to the summit, we saw a sign facing the other direction, and when we turned to see what it said it was a warning sign for a hazardous cliff. I would definitely listen to that sign if you do the trail the clockwise direction, and turn around, and I do not recommend doing the trail the counterclockwise direction after how hairy the ridge-line was. It seems as though the trail has definitely degenerated from lack of use and has perhaps begun to fall down the cliffside, on the right and the left, making it perilous to attack.