Olowalu Petroglyphs

EASY 10 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

1 month 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
5 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
6 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.

8 months ago

walking
9 months ago

hiking
Saturday, December 20, 2014

hiking
Friday, May 17, 2013