Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Nuka Hiva 13 mile radio tower hike

Hiking to the Taiohae Bay radio tower

We're headed to the radio tower on top of this ridge.

 Starting around 6AM we head for the hills with packs stuffed full of water.
 View of Taiohae Bay from about 1/3 of the way up the hill.
 The landscape changed quickly from jungle to pasture.
 To cliffs
 To cloud forest
 To dry meadow
 Back to lush cloud forest
 To the towers veiled in cloud at the top
 And then the clouds parted providing this spectacular view of Taiohae Bay, Nuku Hiva
 Happy hikers at the half way point of 7.3 miles (going up via the road)
 Taking a short cut down the ridge shaved off 1.5 miles, but this would be pretty slippery if there were rain.  Since December it's hardly rained a drop. Sort of a tropical drought.
Short cut down the ridge
 Short cut down the ridge
 A random stone carving we found heading down the ridge.
 Short cut transitions back to forest

 Great views frequent on this hike to the Taiohae bay radio tower
 When you get to this sign you are about half way to the top.  Follow the arrow toward Nuku A Taha and then after about 3 miles turn left on a dirt road that passes a gravel pit on the way to the summit.

 Finger points to radio tower