Olympus via Kolowalu

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Olympus via Kolowalu is a 6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

6.0 miles 2755 feet Out & Back

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A more direct approach to the Koolaus and Olympus ( Awa'awa'loa). Kolowalu is a finger ridge that connects to Wa'ahila Ridge. You gain elevation very quickly, and is quite demanding and a good cardio workout, even for a veteran hiker. A finger ridge trail that can be very mudd yand slippery. 95 percent uphill. Elevation gain 1400 feet in less than a mile. Trail ends at the junction with Wa'ahila Ridge. Continue on Wa'ahile ridge to the Koolau summit.

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22 days ago

Really fun hike! Tough first mile with steep uphill and a couple of switchbacks. Then make a left at the Ridge trail. Great views of diamond head, Waikiki, and Honolulu all the way to the summit. Basically you walk from South Oahu to East Oahu and are rewarded with stunning views of Kailua and the windward shore. Wind and mud adds an exciting element of danger as gale force winds try to blow you off the slippery one foot wide Ridge path and down the thousand foot drop on both sides. Washable trail runners with good traction are a must.

29 days ago

Awesome adventure of a hike. Went alone but was glad when I ran into some Navy guys just after the official trail ended, there was one particularly steep part where I was glad to have company. Rained off and on during the hike but still made it up to the top. I have never been muddier in my life. The ropes were a lifesaver. Not too hard of a hike but totally great adventure and worthwhile even if it's socked in.

Hardest part is definitely to Kololawu trail, once you get up on the ridge it's pretty easy if you are in any type of sh

1 month ago

My favorite trail on Oahu. The first hour sucks ass, but then it starts to become very fun and exciting with amazing views once the trail hits a switchback that takes you up the rest of he ridge to the summit. Tons of false peaks and two amazing camp sites. If you camp, bring a tarp and a waterproof tent.

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1 month ago

Hiking this trail on Sunday, Dec. 11th. My friend and I would like if some company if anyone would like to join us. Email me at ianforsten@gmail.com

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike. The view at the top was worth the climb. Great mix of steep climbing and walking on the ridge.

2 months ago

Tough but great. The view is outstanding!

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5 months ago

Super nice view at the top. A bit of an ankle twister at first but totally worth it for the view

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6 months ago

One of the many reasons why i❤️HI...‪#‎hikingthemountainsinHI‬, yesterday we were beaten up, we climbed Mt Olympus via Kolowalu trail, a straight 1.5 miles up, 95% pure ascending with atleast 2500 ft elevation, better than stair masters!

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6 months ago

one of my fav hikes.

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8 months ago

Loved getting up here. It was a clear beautiful day. Such great views. Came via waahila.

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