The trail runs along the ridge and had the most stunning view I've ever seen.
|Kalalau Canyon on the Na'Pali Coast|
I heard Japanese Bush-Warblers nearby, but never got a visual. To me, it sounded like they were saying, "It... wasn't me!" As I scanned the side of the ridge I spotted a red bird in the distance. I was excited to see it was a honeycreeper, an 'Apapane!
As we continued on the hike I saw a distant immature 'I'iwi, my target bird. It was not the brilliant red color of an adult bird and it managed to stay out of photo range, but it was still exciting. It was the only one I saw on the trip.
We managed to hike past the junction with the Alakai Swamp Trail, but stopped when it got too muddy. I had hoped to see more honeycreepers, but that just means I'll have to go back someday.
On our way down, we checked out the view of Waimea Canyon.