08 Jun Olomana Hike – Oahu
The Olomana hike out by Kailua is not one for the faint of heart. By that I mean it will not only get your heart pumping from the steep incline, it may also be racing from the crazy heights.
Parking for the hike is before the bridge on Loop Road (any further and you might get towed). Then you walk up the road, past a guard shack for the Golf Club, and continue on the road until you see the sign above at the trailhead.
The trail starts out like many others on Oahu: muddy and full of tree roots. Not too crazy, but still easy to slip.
Before too long, you start to feel like you’re on a stair master, getting steeper and steeper. Fortunately, the path is mostly shaded.
The next phase of the hike has ropes to assist you up steeper portions of the rocks. Having watched the first part of this youtube video of the first peak, I knew that if I made it to the top, I would probably be too freaked out to go back down. So I waited while Jedd continued on up the steepest parts.
Here are some of the views from climbing the first peak. It is about 1.5 miles to the top, with steep drop offs on either side. There are actually three peaks total if you continue along the ridge trail. The second is supposedly pretty easy and the third is much more technical. One was (more than) enough for us.
- Watch a youtube video of the trail to make sure it’s something you can manage before you get stuck up there.
- Park before the bridge on Loop Rd so you don’t get towed. Do not leave valuables in your car as break-ins have been reported.
- Bring a change of shoes and plastic bag to put the muddy ones in (unless it hasn’t rained in a long time)
- Consider looking out for a walking stick for the slippery parts- although you won’t be able to take it up the ropes
- Bring plenty of water and some bug spray
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