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Olomana Three Peaks Hike

O'ahu, Hawai'i

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Olomana Three Peaks Hike

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  • Looking out upon the razor-sharp third peak of Olomana Ridge.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • Ascending the first rock wall (15 feet tall) up toward the first peak.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • View from the first peak looking out on the second and third peaks and the Ko'olau Mountains in the background.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • Ascending the second peak.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • Gazing on the third peak from the second peak.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • Some scrambling required ascending the third peak with the assistance of ropes.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • Rock keyhole as you ascend the third peak.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • The rock walls of the third peak require climbing with ropes.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
  • Halfway up the third peak looking out at Kailua, the first two peaks, and the Ko'olau mountain range.- Olomana Three Peaks Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Incredible views. Climbing. Beautiful landscape.
Cons: 
Subject to weather.
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Region:
O'ahu, HI
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
1,418.00 ft (432.21 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,355.00 ft (413.00 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
7.10 mi (11.43 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,784.00 ft (543.76 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
63.00 ft (19.20 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A group of three peaks stands tall in the center of a beautiful green valley on the east side of the island of O‘ahu in Hawai‘i.  Summiting each peak rewards with a 360-degree view of the Ko‘olau mountain range to the west and the beach town of Kailua nestled in a beautiful turqouise bay. While the first of the three peaks is fit for intermediate hikers, the final two require fitness of both mind and body. Rock climbing sections are aided by ropes, but sheer cliffs to either side will thwart those with a fear of heights. If adrenaline is your thing, by all means, take this beasty on!

Park before the guard station on the sides of Loop Road. Continue walking from the parking area along Loop Road and you will pass a guard station. There you can get current information on weather, tips, and the trail itself. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the trailhead.  

From the trailhead to the top of the first peak it is a consistent uphill grade through a muddy, wet forest that transitions to a pine forest. After that you will begin a fairly steep climb to the peak. There are two significant rock walls toward the top that will require some comfort in rock climbing using the ropes that are present, so be mentally prepared for that. From the top you'll have incredible views of the Ko‘olau mountains and the ominous and enticing second and third peaks of the trail.

Those comfortable with heights, scrambling, and rock climbing may continue onto the second and third peaks.  Keep in mind that each peak you climb requires a descent, and you will have to traverse the track in reverse! Give yourself ample time and bring tons of water, sunscreen, and some snacks to keep you going. The second peak is a bit lower than the first, but you'll have an unimpeded view of the razor-sharp ridge of the third peak. It's beautiful.  The grade down from the second peak onto the third is very, very steep. Likewise, the track up to the third is mostly rock climbing (with ropes) and has very sheer and dangerous drops to either side. This should only be attempted by those who are comfortable with heights, have proper equipment and training, and in appropriate weather conditions.

Please note: There have been multiple deaths over the years on this trail. When it has been raining, there are high winds, or rain is in the forecast, please choose another trail. The ridgeline can become dangerously slippery, rocks can crumble, and mistakes on the second and third peaks can cost you your life. Be safe, come prepared, and keep an eye on the weather!

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