Olympus via Kolowalu

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Olympus via Kolowalu is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

no dogs

A more direct approach to the Koolaus and Olympus ( Awa'awa'loa). Kolowalu is a finger ridge that connects to Wa'ahila Ridge. You gain elevation very quickly, and is quite demanding and a good cardio workout, even for a veteran hiker. A finger ridge trail that can be very mudd yand slippery. 95 percent uphill. Elevation gain 1400 feet in less than a mile. Trail ends at the junction with Wa'ahila Ridge. Continue on Wa'ahile ridge to the Koolau summit.

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1 month ago

Our route:
We staged a car at Wa'ahila state park at 7am, and drove the 10-15min to Pu'u Pia/Kolowalu trailhead. Hiked up to Mount Olympus then down Wa'ahila trail back to the park. 5.5mi, 2600ft elev, and 5hrs total, that's with multiple longer breaks as well.

The ascent is relentless, but it's really not that bad if you're in shape and the conditions aren't wet. Liken it to 3x Koko Head maybe? Very strenuous for most, but doable. No scary parts or death drops, sorry thrill seekers. But there are some stunning views, and if you're lucky enough to have a clear day at the summit, you'll want to hangout for a while!

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hiking
1 month ago

challeging hike .
Really exausting the first hour then when u Turn left to mount olympus its all about ropes and some steep ways. The views are great along the way. Make sure u bring hiking shoes otherwise it gets really dangerous. Bring at least 2 bottle of water and some food.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

One of the more challenging hikes I’ve been on, it’s almost all uphill and pretty steep at parts. Got rained on a couple times on the ridge so I would recommend checking to weather and bringing a light jacket for cover as it did get a little chilly in the rain with all the wind. Hiking up through the clouds was quite the experience, albeit exhausting. A good amount of rope sections here, and I would advise wearing gloves if you have them as some of the ropes are pretty rough on non callused hands. The actual peak itself is not in an open area, so the views from there are difficult to find, but the false summit just below has very rewarding views when the clouds finally parted. Only giving it 4 stars for the large sections that are badly eroded and a little more difficult to maneuver (more ropes in these areas could help).

2 months ago

2 months ago

Super fun and not to hard, definitely my favorite hike and the view is definitely worth it, the only hard part is the beginning which is straight up hill and the end which is another intense climb with ropes, but you can definitely feel the mana when your up there

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

First mile is a killer cardio workout. Always love doing Mt Olympus, but this the first time taking the Kolowalu to get to the main trail...great hike to do before having to go into work this afternoon.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

Absolutely loved the views from the summit! Can see all over the island. Not sure why this hike doesn't get more hype.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Great hike. Not too hard but no too easy either. A nice way to spend half a day. there are great views along the way and at the top on a clear sunny day. try to do this hike when the trail is dry, otherwise it would be pretty treacherous when wet.

hiking
4 months ago

There aren't many places where you can drive 20 minutes from a city downtown to a trailhead and be immediately in wilderness. What an amazing hike. The first mile is not fun but so worth it. It was a beautiful day, and the views at the summit were unbelievable. The highlight of my visit!