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Mount Olympus Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail

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Wa'ahila Ridge State Recreation Area

Mount Olympus Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.2 miles Elevation Gain: 2,047 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Starting from Waahila State Park, it takes about an hour to reach the Kolowalu junction to the left and the ridge to the top on the right. For the most part the trail is very well graded even past the unmaintained section. Mostly a ridge hike. Can be windy most of the time. Heavily eroded sections but they do not pose extreme danger. Some rock scrambling but very doable. The hike starts off pretty simple on a wide path the just keeps going up. You soon get to a junction where you go left and from then on the hike starts going up and down over the ridges. There are some rocky sections that involve small amounts of climbing up and down but other then that the hike is pretty easy. Once toward the top you get great views of Manoa Valley and Palolo Valley. At the end of the trail you meet the Kolowalu trail which is a steeper hike that will take you down into the back of Manoa Valley. There is also a trail past the end of the trail sign. This goes to the top of Mt.Olympus and should not be attempted by novice hikers. If you do choose to go past it be aware the trail gets a lot skinnier and has numerous rope sections that you will have to climb to reach the summit.

hiking
5 hours ago

Great trail! Beautiful and fun. My friend and I had a great workout!

hiking
11 hours ago

One of my favorite hikes. Variety of terrain, great work out, spectacular views, some uncovered portions but majority shaded. Admittedly, I have not extended to the Mt. Olympus leg yet, and have only made it to the grassy plateau beyond the ‘end of trail’ sign, but definitely on my to do list. (I couldn’t locate the specific trail to leave this comment.)

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2 days ago

Straight forward, follow the signs. When you reach the Kolowalu Sign mid way through the hike, go past it to the right to continue Mt.Olympus. I'm an athlete, and this was more challenging than I thought. This was closer to 6 miles from the trail head parking lot. 6.5 if you start from the parks entrance. There's a massive difference when you hike and it's dry vs wet - it was freaking wet today. Had some experienced hikers turn back along the way because they didn't feel comfortable with the rain and 2nd half of the trail, we kept going at a cautious pace- ton of ropes, slippery, thin walking areas near the cliffs. Although there were some flat stretches, a billion wet roots/tripping hazards which require watching your step. Had the Ground give out a couple times, watch your steps if you get caught in the rain. Trail goes up and down, it ends with two mega steep stretches. Use the ropes. Highly recommend some good gortex boots, and long pants - do not do this with sandals, or low grade shoes. Hard to predict weather especially since you're in Manoa. Bring plenty of water and snacks. I unfortunately misjudged the toughness, didn't intake enough calories and didn't hydrate enough - got light headed towards the end. It was pretty awesome, but just come prepared. Take your time, be safe, and you'll crush it!

hiking
5 days ago

Fun, beautiful, great workout.

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5 days ago

I love this trail! You do have to go beyond the “do not go beyond” sign but it is actually a pretty flat and easy trail. There is only one or two parts at the very end that this is a steep incline but the ropes help with that. Was not that difficult at all. Views- are crazy worth it. You can see the koolau ridge and also ka’au crater! If you have any questions feel free to DM me @thehikingPomeranian or check out my highlights I have pictures about this trail on there!

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9 days ago

Well marked trail no fear of getting lost. Beautiful sights in the beginning of town and more rainy towards the top but the abundance of ropes made the muddy climbs that much more fun

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16 days ago

Incredible views, you can keep going after ending the trail and it connects. Best to go when it’s dry as the narrow parts get slippery and muddy

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22 days ago

Solid hike, wide range of views of windward and south shore. Reach out if you want to hike sometime!

hiking
22 days ago

Just tried doing this hike and the state park gate is closed.

Was sketchy at after the first rope course was very narow and to windy had to turn back I do this when it wasn’t windy

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27 days ago

Parking- it’s limited right now so you need to make sure that you’re not parking in any of the no parking zones in the neighborhood also preferably not in front of anyone’s mailbox . Trailhead- it’s easily marked just continue down the road and you’ll see the marker for the mountain. Hike- this hike was fairly easy there was a couple of rocky places where you had to watch your step. Overall there wasn’t a time where I felt like it was dangerous. The trail is easily marked you have to go past the “do not go past this sign.” It took me about three hours and it was raining. Quite muddy but the view was totally worth it. There is one super steep part as you get near the summit but the ropes are very helpful. If you have any questions feel free to DM me @thehikingPomeranian or check out my highlights I have pictures about this trail on there!

Excellent hike, dry with a gorgeous view of the Ko’Olaus and Ka’au crater.

Definitely recommend! Took us about 4 hours round trip. Go past the sign that says “end of trail.” Ropes used near summit but definitely doable. Wear spokes if you want, recommend during the rain though. Gorgeous view of town and Windward side.

Worth the trek and mud was at a minimum. Views of windward side and Diamond head were amazing. Quite a few people on the trail, but all at a safe social distance : )

Second time going to mt. Olympus peak. This is probably the best view for minimal amount of hiking on Oahu. Trails like tripler or moanalua ridge have just as amazing views but are way more challenging. This trail is good for moderate level hikers. A lot a short steep up and downs but you can get up and back in 4hrs and still have the rest of the day to do other stuff.

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