After our meeting with Bill, we continued east along the trail, soon crossing his excellent trail work at the exposed Chivalry Point section. After that, we hiked up more Bill Summers-stabilized switchbacks and crossed into wide and shady Hanakoa Valley.
Jenn on 'exposed' section
Brian on 'exposed' section
In order to reduce weight, we once again had only partially filled up our water reserves when we had started off, and it was now time to replenish them. We stopped for a long break at Hanakoa stream to filter another six litres of water - enough to get us back to the Kalalau Trailhead.
Helicopter and Hanakoa Falls
Soon we were heading east out of Hanakoa Valley. We started to get a few intermittent showers, possibly a result of us moving back east towards the more rainy windward side of Kaua'i (Or possibly the weather had simply become more rainy all on its own). In any case, we were again treated to a successive sequence of beautiful rainbows.
Back at the eastern entrance to Hoolulu Valley, we once again reached the highpoint of the Kalalau Trail at Space Rock. This time we took the extra effort to walk around to the seaward side of the rock and were rewarded with an awesome perch eight hundred vertical feet above the turquoise-hued waters below.
As we approached Hanakapi'ai Valley, the trail once again started to revert to slick, slippery mud. And once at Hanakapi'ai, we met the crowds again. Only a fraction of the people who start out from the trailhead go past Hanakapi'ai, that's for sure.