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Alejandra Mejia reviewed Olomana Trail
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Great hike, definitely hard when it gets to the rope part to climb the rocks, really pretty once you are up there.

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Nancy Chung reviewed Olomana Trail
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A lot difficult than I expected but still worth it! Bring gloves and a good pair of hiking shoes with grip

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Christian Perry reviewed Olomana Trail
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This is one of the most FUN hikes I’ve ever done and I hike a lot! If you enjoy rock climbing then this is definitely for you! If you’re not a fan of rock climbing then you can just stick to the first peak which isn’t very hard.

Best hike of my life!!! Went with @mikekaras and it was so worth it!!! If your not in the best physical shape you’re probably better off doing Koko Crater as this is a long, muddy, steep and windy hike but so worth the views at the top

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Beautiful! Not shaded so bring hat, water, and wear sunscreen. Short and rocky hike. Only a mile to first pillbox. Easier going up than down bc rocky. Enjoy!

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HikingGreat!MuddyScramble

Aloha! Fun hike. Can be very muddy like lots of the ridges out here on island. Definitely not a short one. I hike this trail quite often for almost 5 years now. Usually go up a few times per week. Weekdays and weekends. Microspikes are good to have to make it up/for traction. At minimum please wear proper hiking footwear and be prepared. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @mike.karas or my email mikekarasphotography@gmail.com if you’d like to join me for the hike (I have plenty of microspikes) or for info/other questions about the hike. I’ve done most of the hikes on the island before. Also please pack out your trash! Too many litterbugs on the island sadly. Mahalo!

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Lisa Zhu reviewed Olomana Trail
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Completed this hike today and it took us exactly 8 hours. The views are absolutely incredible but there are quite a few spots on this trail that require free hand rock climbing, steep hills that can have loose gravel, cliffs, and vertical climbing up a rope. I would recommend wearing good hiking boots (or gym shoes with cleats), gloves are good to have, lots of food and water. There were NO cops waiting at the satellite dish either (end of the hike). We saw reviews where people mentioned cops were waiting to give out citations to hikers, and when we mentioned that to some locals we ran into on the trail, they laughed and said, “We do this hike all the time and never see cops.” Overall, this hike was 8/10 sketchy.

I’ve always wanted to do this hike, heard it’s beautiful up top. I’d like to go with someone that’s done it before. Anyone game for a Wednesday hike? Message me on IG: heithosau

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Brady K reviewed Olomana Trail
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Great hike, the view was worth any sweat & leg burn felt on the way up. Just a side note as you walk up the paved road towards the trailhead, just before the guard station & main gate at the Golf Club is a single chain on your left hand side with a sign hanging from it discouraging anyone from entering. If you decide to step over the chain & explore you’ll find a whole neighborhood of abandoned houses complete with cars, a tractor, & about everything else you would see in a rural farm style neighborhood. A quick zoom in of the area on Google maps & you can see some of the rooftops. It looks as though the residents just left one day & never returned. Very interesting & probably just as enjoyable as the hike up the mountain. Mosquito repellent HIGHLY recommended for exploring the abandoned houses.

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Easily one of the coolest hikes I’ve ever done. Took us 7.5 hours round trip going up and down the legal path and not going on the stairs at all. Incredible views! Bring lots of sunscreen and water and don’t be afraid to get sweaty and dirty. Will definitely do again next time I’m back on Oahu.

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HikingGreat!MuddyPrivate property

Amazing views, muddy but not so bad if the weather is nice. I can see this trail being more challenging if it’s raining and very windy. We heard some people got tickets when they reached the top close to the stairs but I assume the cop left because we did not see anyone when we reached the top. I think setting foot where the stairs are is considered illegal but if you are in the mountain before that, it should be fine. It took us around 8 hours and a half but we stopped for a lot for pictures and to eat. Some people recommend wearing gloves but I was fine without them.

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Breanna Splawn reviewed Olomana Trail
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Not muddy today! Lots of scrambling but there are ropes

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Kirstin Byszkowski reviewed Kaiwa Ridge (Lanikai Pillbox) Trail
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Too crowded, but great views!

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HikingPrivate property

Question for the folks who recently hiked this trail. Did you get cited going up the legal way even if you didn’t step on the stairs? Also, what time did y’all start the hike & how long did it take you to reach the top?

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Celeste Witting reviewed Kaiwa Ridge (Lanikai Pillbox) Trail
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Gorgeous sunrise hike! Takes about 20 min to get up

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Stephanie Adamany reviewed Olomana Trail
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We were looking for a challenging hike and Olomana did not disappoint. This review is more for novices-not experienced island hikers. I don’t recommend parking- use an Uber or Lyft. Car breakins are abundant as well as ticketing for a number of parking violations. The first peak isn’t bad. There’s elevation gain so naturally some climbing. Right before the first peak summit you do need to climb (as others mentioned) a 30ft rock face but it’s not too difficult. Know your limits. Tip: My friend has longer arm and leg reach so going up the left side was easy for her. Me not so much so I lightly used the rope and went up the right. Going to second peak was not bad at all. Similar to the last part of reaching peak 1...lots of scrambling and mediocre climbing. Going down peak 2 toward peak 3 is where things get sketch. If you aren’t used to climbing and using your full body for extended periods- don’t go. You may get to peak 3 but then you have to make it all the way back and your muscles will be too fatigued. If you lose a hand or foothold and slip- you’re done. So know your limits. That said- it’s a great adrenaline rush. I think going down peak 2 looks more intimidating than it really is. Wear good shoes with grip and don’t rely 100 % on ropes. We never did. Some were ok but most had already started wearing out in spots from rubbing on rock and you just never know when it’ll snap. So use it as a security blanket but don’t bet your life(literally) on the ropes. Going up to peak 3 is 90percent rock climbing. And most sections are sketchy as all get out. Study the rock face and get a game plan on where you’re gonna grab and step. Also check to make sure it’s not a weak hold and is gonna crumble or pull away. There’s a geocache and log book you can sign at the top of peak 3. No pen tho so if you wanna sign it bring a pen;) Also- watch your time. We started later in the afternoon so we were coming back in the dark. Which we were prepared for with headlamps and multiple flashlights but you do NOT want to be on that trail in the dark with no light. Last thing: go when it’s been dry for at least day and there’s no chance of rain while you’re on the trail. Rain would make things 100 x’s more dangerous.

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HikingMuddyPrivate property

Police ;( Unfortunately there was an officer sitting at the satellite handing out citations - some received fines, others court dates. Unable to get anywhere near the stairs due to this. The hike is gorgeous regardless, and I would still recommend to those looking for a nice 4-5 hour hike.

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HikingGreat!MuddyPrivate property

*HIKER BEWARE* Trail is great always a fun hike. We came up from Moanalua Valley to the ridges, only to find police at the top of the haiku stairs by the satellite tower giving out tickets. This is as of Saturday April 10,2021.

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Xiao Sui reviewed Olomana Trail
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If you think Haiku Stairs legal way is hard, this is 10 times harder. First two peaks are not that bad. The third peak is no joke. Super steep. Pretty much all climbs are close to vertical. I'm glad I have some bouldering/rock climbing experiences, which is essential for the third peak. Quite a mental and physical challenge, especially for people who are afraid of height. You need to learn the rock, find secure spots to place your feet and grip, shift your weight to the right direction, coordinate with the ropes, and be calm with the height so you won't make any mistakes. One mistake, one slip, you are done. Do NOT go on a wet day. Do NOT recommend if you don't trust your climbing skills. Do NOT recommend for people don't have great physical strength. Recommend wearing hiking shoes with good grips and gloves (for the ropes).

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