Olympus via Kolowalu

HARD 52 reviews

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
2565 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.

20 days ago

21 days 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

trail running
23 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

hiking
1 month 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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1 month ago

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1 month 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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2 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
2 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!

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike, might be my new favorite! The first mile or so is steep, then it evens out until you climb ropes at the summit. Would not be a good idea at all in the rain so check the weather. Did not find it to be sketchy and trails were marked with actual signs, nice! Entrance is down Alani St. It happened to be very clear when we got to the top for amazing views of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, Kailua, Kaneohe Bay and the Kaau Crater. Must do!
Oh also not dog friendly unless you do a shortened version.

4 months ago

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4 months ago