Olympus via Kolowalu

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Olympus via Kolowalu is a 6 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
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2755 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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wild flowers

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blowdown

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muddy

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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

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.

1 month ago

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2 months ago

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

2 months ago

Nice hike to the top on a clear day.

3 months ago

One of my most memorable experiences on Oahu

hiking
4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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
4 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

5 months ago

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!

5 months ago

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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.