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.

1 month ago

I loved this hike. We done it Friday morning and it was great. a little slippery in spots but not too bad. I went to the ropes my partner wasn't with it. haha

2 months ago

Wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be BUT the views were very rewarding! Love this trail and would recommend it to both novice and seasoned hikers.

3 months ago

Awesome! Difficult in places and worth the work when you see the view at the summit of Olympus.

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3 months ago

Great hike!! Don't underestimate the ones who say tough incline! we didn't make it to the rope part, as we had a time limit. The passer-goers said we had made it a bit more than half way. Still very much worth it. Beautiful vantage points! Slightly muddy, but not a "ruin your shoes" type.

3 months ago

Definitely a good cardio workout. And hardly any people! Even bettah!

hiking
4 months ago

This hike offers a beautiful view. When I hike in Hawaii I bring micro spikes with me. Bring one on this hike as well because it will help you. It can be extremely muddy all year round. Oh... do bring gloves and have extra bags and towels at your vehicles to store your dirty shoes and wipe yourself down. You probably be muddy.

hiking
4 months ago

Harder than I thought...especially when you’re not comfortable using ropes in muddy areas.

hiking
6 months 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!

@niiimz_

hiking
6 months 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
6 months 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).

7 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

hiking
7 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.

8 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.

8 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
9 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!

hiking
11 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.

hiking
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Fun and tough hike. It's pretty much a long and continuous uphill until you finally summit. This peak is a cloud magnet though, so you need to get lucky for optimal views. I went on a cloudy day and still thought the views were fantastic. You can see so much from up there such as Honolulu, Diamond Head, Three Peaks, Chinaman's Hat and a ton of the Ko'olau Range. For more info check out my blog post!

https://www.thehikinghi.com/single-post/2017/02/26/Mount-Olympus-via-Kolowalu-Trail

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nice hike to the top on a clear day.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

One of my most memorable experiences on Oahu

hiking
Sunday, February 19, 2017

If you're coming from Manoa the first mile or mile and half is all incline but after that is super easy. There are some few ropes on some parts of the trail. We went when it was super cloudy, but decided to stay at the top a bit longer and it eventually cleared up. You can overlook Kaneohe, Kailua, Waimanalo, Diamond Head, the airport runway and of course Ka'au Crater. There are 2 falls summit. Other than the super crazy incline in the beginning this hike is super awesome! Would do it again.

hiking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

definitely a good cardio workout. this peak is most often times cloudy, make sure to go on a clear day to catch the beautiful views.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Not a technical hike but definitely steady uphill, narrow path at some places which will slow you down. Make sure you bring enough water and mosquito repellent

hiking
Saturday, February 04, 2017

Great trail! It is a little muddy and be prepared to do some light climbing. Several spots to enjoy the view and take some really nice pictures of Honolulu.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Amazing trail, with incredible views at almost every corner. There are a couple of campsites and false peaks along the way, but the views from there are almost as good as from the peak. We went when it was raining and it was quite a rigorous trail, but if it's dry, it would be absolutely perfect for anyone who is relatively in shape. Bring snacks and multiple bottles of water!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Really fun hike! Tough first mile with steep uphill and a couple of switchbacks. Then make a left at the Ridge trail. Great views of diamond head, Waikiki, and Honolulu all the way to the summit. Basically you walk from South Oahu to East Oahu and are rewarded with stunning views of Kailua and the windward shore. Wind and mud adds an exciting element of danger as gale force winds try to blow you off the slippery one foot wide Ridge path and down the thousand foot drop on both sides. Washable trail runners with good traction are a must.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Awesome adventure of a hike. Went alone but was glad when I ran into some Navy guys just after the official trail ended, there was one particularly steep part where I was glad to have company. Rained off and on during the hike but still made it up to the top. I have never been muddier in my life. The ropes were a lifesaver. Not too hard of a hike but totally great adventure and worthwhile even if it's socked in.

Hardest part is definitely to Kololawu trail, once you get up on the ridge it's pretty easy if you are in any type of sh

Monday, December 19, 2016

My favorite trail on Oahu. The first hour sucks ass, but then it starts to become very fun and exciting with amazing views once the trail hits a switchback that takes you up the rest of he ridge to the summit. Tons of false peaks and two amazing camp sites. If you camp, bring a tarp and a waterproof tent.

hiking
Friday, December 09, 2016

Hiking this trail on Sunday, Dec. 11th. My friend and I would like if some company if anyone would like to join us. Email me at ianforsten@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Beautiful hike. The view at the top was worth the climb. Great mix of steep climbing and walking on the ridge.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Tough but great. The view is outstanding!

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