Olomana Trail (The Three Peaks)

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Address 770 Auloa Rd, Kailua, HI 96734
Difficult, four mile round trip hike with major elevation gains.

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Hiking: Length: 2-3 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Difficult • Hiking: Major Elevation Changes
• Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Hiking: Ridge Hike
• Hiking: Rock Climbing • Sightseeing: Great Views

Matt Anderson's Take
The Olomana Trail, or The Three Peaks as it's often called, is a difficult, 2 mile long (about 4 miles round trip) out and back style hiking trail on Oahu's east side in the town of Kailua.


Getting here isn't difficult, see our directions page for pinpoint to the trailhead on Loop Road. Parking can be tricky and can change at any time.


As you get closer to the trailhead you'll see several "no parking" signs and this is an area you do not want to park. Ignore the signs and you will almost certainly get a ticket or get towed. You may need to park back on Maunawili Road.


Find a legal spot and make sure you're car is completely off the road or expect a ticket. This can add another mile (each way) to the hike, though it will be along a paved road.


The hike will start off of Loop Road (see our map pinpoint) on your left, near the entrance of Royal Hawaiian Golf Course. The guard for the golf course may or may not be able to assist you if you have questions (we've heard mixed reviews on that subject).


This is considered to be a difficult hike and someone actually fell and died here as recently as 2015. This isn't a hike for the amateur hiker. This also isn't a hike you'll want to do if it's going to rain or has recently rained as it will be very muddy and slippery and can be dangerous. On that note, be sure to read up on Hiking Safety & Essentials and don't forget to plack plenty of water for this hike.
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Dale F
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Mt. Olomana, a.k.a. "Little Matterhorn" on Oahu is located on windward side (Kailua) of Oahu. At 1,608' in elevation it can be a challenging little hike/climb. I've ascended it over sixty times in past 40 years, and six (6) ascent's of all three peaks! Several people have died on Mt. Olomana, mostly due to carelessness, e.g. recovering a friends hat, and galling 400 ft, backing up to take a photo, and falling 800 feet of back mtn., etc.

It takes approx. 45 minutes to reach the 1st summit. Hour and 1/2 for round trip, and 6 1/2 hours to ascend/descend all three peaks. I am a seasoned mountaineer, having attained all of the highest summits in N. America, climbed Huangshan Mts in China., etc. Yet, I have respect for Mt. Olomana. It is dry, steep, loose crumbly rock and gravel in many places. I always bring my own climbing ropes.

It's about 230 feet down a 40% grade to go down the back of the 2nd peak to the summit ridge; which leads to 3rd peak. I use a 180 meter rope here to assist in both descending and ascending this loose gravel slope. The ridge to the 3rd peak is solid rock; however there is one 20-30 foot section of very exposed rock face; with very little in the way of handholds. Use extreme caution here. There is a bolt in this rock face; at the top right side, where you can place a short rope for making the climb down easy.

Looking ahead at the 3rd peak looks impossible; however as you near the summit, along the ridge, you'll note that the trail goes to the right side of the ridge, then you simply scramble up a few rocks to it's summit. Don't forget to keep eye on the weather, I wouldn't want to get stuck up there in the rain.
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