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howzitboy hikes:Wailupe to Wiliwilinui to Wailupe

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Published on Sep 6, 2013

Yup, got lost again! Wanted to finally try going up Wailupe ridge (the ridge on the east side) so checked my older video, saw the trail I had to take and off I went!
Trail is pretty easy to follow but there are a lot of side trails, I followed the trail till I reached a fork with a big rock in the middle, thats the trail that heads to the east ridge. Followed that thru the trees, across the cool bridge and thats where I took wrong turn. I didnt notice that you was supposed to cross the stream and go that way, I followed that main trail that looped back around towards the west side of the valley!
From under the forest, you really couldnt tell what direction you were heading and once I started heading up, I thought the ridge on the right was the east valley wall lol.
My jaw hit the ground when I came out onto Wiliwilinui's trail!! Nothing to do but head off towards the Wiliwilinui summit.
Met few people on it and when I reached the summit, it was partially socked in...The trail along the KST towards Wailupe is about 1/3 mile or so (according to my GPS). Only had one section that was pretty tough. Down a slippery slope and I swear there was a rope here before. going down I held onto the only tree that when my foot slipped and I fell!! glad i had a good grip on that tree lol. Wish I had some micro spikes or was wearing my new hiking shoes! I wasnt planning on doing a ridge walk today.
Made it back to Wailupe's summit, kissed the ground and headed back to my car. On way back I looked at where I got off track and saw the stream crossing I missed.
I'll have to come back and try this one again, the correct way!! But coming down that ridge, its gonna be a killer hike up it!

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