Standing in the parking lot of the Wa'ahila Ridge Recreation Area. Massive Norfolk pines line the way into the Wa'ahila Ridge Trail.
A well-placed rope offers help for hikers at one of the trail's many steep ascents.
The path narrowed to barely a couple feet across at some points. It can't be seen here, but the trail dramatically slopes downward on both sides.
Dried "Hilo" holly berries on a tree along the way. Ripe and plump, they're a treat for the eyes. Ripe or dried, they're very much inedible.
Palolo Valley, the way it ought to be seen—from roughly 1,600 feet above sea level.
Standing at a clearing toward the top of the Wa'ahila Ridge trail. Ferns and other leafy trees frame Manoa Valley. You can see Honolulu (and the ocean) in the distance.
A more panoramic view of Manoa Valley and Honolulu beyond.
Manoa Valley once again. Diamond Head peeking out on the left.
The trail ends in a junction. Go left to descend into Manoa Valley. Go right and climb further to Mount Olympus. (I'll be posting more photos of my hike in the days ahead.)