Not too long ago, I ventured onto Judd Trail and a last minute stop to summer home of King Kamehameha. Judd Trail has been on my list for quite sometime, I read that it wasn’t to strenuous of a hike, but I guess that we made it a bit of a workout with an uphill climb.
Judd Trail is definitely added to one of my favorites because you trek through stunning pine forest,the trees are so tall and beautiful. And I’m pretty sure I’ve seen many engagement/family shoots at this location all over the internet. It’s definitely the perfect place for it.
It’s a relatively short loop trail, but we ventured up through a bamboo forest, which brought us to a little lookout with rewarding views. We ended up climbing up into a tree and killed some time. On our way up, a group of guys were on their way down, so we asked them if it was worth going up there. That’s one thing that I don’t like doing on a hike, working our way to the top to see nothing at all. The view was beautiful and different than what we’ve seen before, plus there was an amazing breeze! And breezes are always a blessing during a hike. This trail was infested with mosquitoes, which I always have repellant on hand for. After living here for about three years, they still love blood!
After some time, another group made it up to the little lookout. We ended up chatting for a bit and they eventually asked where the ‘puka’ (hole in Hawaiian) was; I got excited to learn that there was a puka on this trail. But they were looking for the Pali Puka, I had to laugh a little bit because they were a bit disappointed when I pointed off into the distance of where it was actually located. They looked a bit disappointed, but I told them that it’s a quick trek and worth seeing.
I’ll have to admit as easy as this trail is, we always managed to get off of the Judd Trail and on some unmarked trail. But that’s all part of the adventure, right?
After we made our way back down the trail and to the car, we made a last minute decision to visit the ruins that were nearby. It was a quick trip, I just walked around the the ruins and decided not to venture closer to it for personal reasons. I took in all that was there because we were among a place that Hawaiian monarch has roamed, that deserves a lot of respect in itself.
It was definitely a solid day of an adventure!