Olowalu Petroglyphs

EASY 16 reviews

Olowalu Petroglyphs is a 1.1 mile out and back trail located near Wailuku, Hawaii and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, road biking, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
167 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

private property

scenic driving
24 days ago

The petroglyphs were really neat to see, but as others have mentioned no "real trail" involved unless you count the road. So I uploaded a pic of the entry for the trail near the barracade.

If you choose to drive to the petroglyphs location inside the cultural reserve, use Luawai St. which is the road before the noted directions in All Trails. Follow the road about a mile down then turn left at the cultural reserve and then follow the gravel road to the right about 500 ft. The petroglyphs will be up on the right and there is a stationary info placard below them.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Not a trail if you take the Southern road off Olawalu Country Road. Drive up to the dirt side road. Cool petroglyphs not a foot off the dirt road about 100 yds west of the actual site and “Do not cross” signs. Those glyphs are about 100 ft away from road.

trail running
1 month ago

Worth it to see if you have some time! I was running nearby and took a detour. Go behind the store and up the paved / rocky path for a while. You'll eventually see the Olowalu Culutural Site sign. You can't get too close but can clearly see from the road.

2 months ago

The petroglyphs and associated rock formations were great. I’d hardly call it a trail though. It took a couple pass-bys with Google maps to even figure out where to turn off. We were never able to find an actual trail (or trailhead marker), unless the gravel road is considered a trail. An interesting quick stop to be sure. However I was more excited by the nearby pie shop/restaurant: turn R as you get back on the main road.

5 months ago

To see the petroglyphs is really fantastic, but if you follow the posted signs you have to stay back from the cliff face and they weren’t very easy to see from that far away. But there’s a lot of beauty in the area, and if you keep going and take the trail to the top of the hill there’s an awesome panoramic view from that ridge top over the mountains, Olowalu, and out across the sea past Maalaea to Kihei.

walking
9 months ago

Very cool quick stop. Once you see the small Olowalu sign to the right of a small shack (where we actually parked instead of hiking through a hot open field like the trail suggests), the petroglyphs are only about 100-200 feet ahead on the right.

Most are on the first set of rocks past a second shack while a few more are high up on the hill where signs restrict your access.

hiking
10 months ago

The original 1.1 mile trail is basically a walk in a hot open field. The only reason this is rated 5 stars is because the real hike is much more adventurous, challenging, and rewarding.

At the end of the 1.1 mile trail, keep going and make a right at every fork in the road. Go past the gate which says "keep out private property", and follow River Rd up until you hear rushing water. when you hear water, follow the water upstream until you find what looks like either an overgrown hiking trail, or a wide bunny trail. This is the path to follow. It becomes very difficult to follow at times and will feel like trail blazing, but the route is never impassable.

Trail keeps going for 2 days and an experienced backpacker may be able to make it the way. But I suggest finding a nice rest spot along the water, taking a dip, and heading back once you've had enough wilderness.

walking
Friday, February 17, 2017

More of a walk really - if you get a little adventurous and go 'off trail', you can get some pretty stunning views of the ocean and the mountains

walking
Friday, January 06, 2017

I had never seen or heard of this site before. We arrived and there were no their tourists. Not so much a hike or trail as a walk.

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

Monday, June 05, 2017

walking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

hiking
Saturday, December 20, 2014

hiking
Friday, May 17, 2013