Olomana Trail

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Olomana Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 4.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,738 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Please note: There is no parking area at the trailhead - the map shown here will direct you to street parking and you can walk to the trailhead from there. Users have reported that there are towing operations in the area. It is not clear where the legal parking is, so park at your own risk. Located in Kailua, on the windward side of Oahu, Olomana Trail (three peaks) is a strenuous hike with amazing views if you can make it to the top. The trail can be accessed from the intersection of Maunawili Road and Auloa Road off of Pali Highway. The first peak, Mount Olomana, is about 1.5 miles up with steep drop-offs on both sides and takes about an hour and a half to get to. Toward the top there are some rock climbing elements. The top of the first peak offers 360 degree views. It is steep on the downhill slope towards the second peak. The next peak isn't as challenging but still has an excellent view. The last peak should only be tried by experienced hikers in good shape and requires ropes all the way up. To return to your car you must go back the same way you can. This a favorite hike in Oahu, however can be very challenging with all of the up/down.

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1 day ago

absolutely amazing! did this on 26 Feb on a cool but pretty windy day. muggy and humid in the first section for most of the climb up to the first peak. you'll definitely get your cardio in! views from the first peak are amazing. second and third aren't as difficult as everyone makes them out to be but good hiking shoes are an absolute must. significant rock climbing and ropes used on both 2 & 3, if you have rock climbing gloves I would recommend. such a fun hike, can't wait to be back on Oahu to do it again!

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1 day ago

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1 day ago

Used to live here and one of my favorite hikes. Took brother-in-law for his first time. Make sure you go to 3rd peak. Well worth the views! Highly recommend!

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1 day ago

Epic - Hit me up on instagram if you wanna hike some trails @steveomeyer

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muddy
6 days ago

So worth the pretty views. Some parts are definitely scary and not for you if your scared of heights. The first half is super muddy the after that it gets very steep.

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6 days ago

Aloha! Fun hike! Can be muddy but you don’t need microspikes for this one. First and second peaks are about the same difficulty. Third peak gets more sketchy. At minimum please wear proper hiking footwear though. Bring plenty of water for this one. Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram @mike.karas or my email mikekarasphotography@gmail.com for info or other questions. 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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7 days ago

Excellent hike. I wish I did all three notches, but there is always next time. A few bits are over grown so make sure you stay on the right path!

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8 days ago

One of the coolest hikes I’ve ever done. More crawling/climbing than we expected but it was fun, just wear good shoes! Hiked on a Tuesday morning and only saw a couple others on the trail. Pretty windy at the top of the first peak, and absolutely stunning views! Only hiked to the second peak but could see some people on the third. Wish we had brought more food/water for sure.

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11 days ago

Beautiful trail! We were only expecting to do the first peak but we ended up doing all three. The first and second peak are equally challenging. The third peak is pretty difficult and it looks extremely sketchy when you look at it, but it was easier than I thought it was going to be. You need to have some skills with rock climbing and be comfortable pulling yourself up with a rope. It’s sketchy but it’s doable. Go on a clear day when it hasn’t rained. It was definitely worth it!

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11 days ago

Best hike I’ve done in Oahu. This is not for kids or dogs. Some lady had to call in an airlift because her dog refused to climb down the scrambles. There are roughly 3-4 good size scrambles with rope assist. The first half of the hike is pure mud, just embrace it. The last 1/4 of the hike is along the ridge line and has straight drops on both sides. Not for the faint of heart. The last few hundred feet to the first peak are pretty narrow and rocky, but the views are so incredible you have to give it a go. Honestly the second peak is just for bragging rights, I felt the views were better on the first peak. DO NOT PARK anywhere but at the entrance of the neighborhood, on either side of the road. If you park on the left as you enter, understand that unkept paved area is a sidewalk. If you have so much as a tire tread on it, the cops will ticket you, as they were 1 car when we parked. Park all the way to the inside of the sidewalk.

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11 days ago

Great hike that requires proper footwear! The third peak is only for those who are in good shape and sure footed. It’s no joke. The views from each peak are incredible and this has definitely jumped to the top of my favorite hikes list. Bring some water and snacks if doing all 3.

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11 days ago

One of the best hikes on Oahu!! Also one of the most dangerous ones :)) Worth doing it!

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11 days ago

This trail is definitely worth it if you are up for the challenge. Being in great physical shape is key in order to make it to all three peaks. Wearing proper hiking boots or shoes is a must. Take snacks and plenty of water if you plan on completing all three hikes. I took 50oz of water and paced myself with my intake, but my camelback was empty once I made it back down to the beginning.

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muddy
13 days ago

Definitely a good workout and somewhat technical of a climb. If you park across from the bus stop, LEAVE AT LEAST THREE FEET OF SIDEWALK, or you’ll get a $50 ticket :) Learned the hard way.

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muddy
14 days ago

Awesome hike, does start off pretty muddy. Be prepared to pull yourself up a few times. Overall, awesome hike and a great workout! Also, totally worth it for the view at the top!!!

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20 days ago

Great trail with a great view. I did all three peaks and all of them are worth it. I parked across the bus stop, like recommended by others, and honestly just doing the first peak is totally worth it. Dare devils can do the other peaks just to do it but becareful! There are ropes to guide you to the other peaks but if your uncomfortable or don't like heights turn around. Also i forgot to turn off my record when i drove off so disregard the last long stretch. Thanks and Have fun!

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23 days ago

Park across from the bus stop. Walk on pavement until you get to the Large and Obvious white sign that says Olomana Trail. The hiking was great. Constant pace had me leaving the top of the third peak and back to the first peak in 30 minutes. First 2 peaks anyone can do, the third is more involved and if you have a fear of heights might not enjoy it as much as the first 2. Don’t attempt with rain in the forecast.

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