The Olomana Trail, aka the Three Peaks, on Oahu takes guts to hike! It's not for the faint of heart and definitely isn't for inexperienced hikers. (In the past four years, three people have died on the trail.) Nevertheless, if you're careful and sure-footed this hike offers views and experiences that you won't soon forget.

Named Three Peaks for obvious reasons, this spine-tingling trail allows you to hike as far as you want (picture above is the view from the 3rd peak). Don't feel comfortable about continuing? You can turn around any time. (Just remember that there's no easy exit - you have to go back the way you came.)

It takes about an hour-and-a-half to get to the top of the first peak, and, when compared with scaling the next two peaks, this portion of the hike is the easy part (i.e. not too dangerous).

Hiking to the top of the first peak is pretty straight forward. There's one clearly marked trail that you follow to the top. However, along the way, there are a few spots where you'll see hanging ropes. They're not totally necessary, but can definitely help hikers up or down some steep rocky sections.

A Note on the Ropes: There are often several ropes to choose from in a given section. Use your brain and give each rope a few good tugs before continuing to see which one is the strongest. From our experience most ropes seemed safe to use, but they're not maintained and are placed there by other hikers. Just know you're taking a risk any time you grab one.

Pack List

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Plenty of water (perhaps a Camelbak if you have it)
  • Snacks or a light lunch
  • Rain jacket or some type of warm clothing, as the weather in Hawaii is very unpredictable
  • Camera (if you're into that sort of thing)
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RT Distance 6 Miles
Elevation Gain 750 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Expert
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Scenic

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All Three Peaks Are Worth It!

This is on the sickest hikes I've ever done! I was a little intimidated that do all 3 peaks at first because of how dangerous things I've read made it seem but it is a totally doable to do all three peaks. Honestly I thought the first peak was the hardest and most strenuous! Don't get me wrong, IF YOU AREN'T AN EXPERIENCED HIKER, peaks 2 and 3 can be dangerous, but I wouldn't consider it sketchy. There aren't really any sheer drops. There is some "room for error." It's nice to have the ropes there just in case but you really don't need the ropes and one rope did snap on us so don't trust them completely. The views are unreal between 1 and 2 and between 2 and 3! Overall, one of the most epic hikes ever, completely worth doing all three peaks!

Not For Everyone

If you don't do a lot of hiking, rock climbing or hate exposed heights, probably not for you. Apparently a few people have died here. The first peak is honestly probably the most sketchy because of how slick it was with a little bit of mud on our shoes and scrambling rocks. The first peak was not exposed at all until your up top. The second and 3rd peaks were a little more scary-looking but pretty easy climbing (the exposure is what makes people think it's harder). Like everyone else says,don't trust the ropes just use them for a back up if a rock or something was to give out. I would totally do it again! Definitely bring some water and on your way down at the 4-way stop, go left! We went right and ended up at an abandoned homeless city in the middle of nowhere.

almost 2 years ago

Beautiful And Dangerous

A favorite with it's incredible views, and how it keeps you on your toes. Be warned, Olomana has a history of serious injuries and deaths. Hike safely and respectfully. I've hiked to the 3rd peak at back 6 or 8 times, and a few times just to the 1st and 2nd peaks. 3rd Peak: Advanced hikers/climbers only. Give yourself 4-6hrs, depending on fitness level and size of group. My first time I took me over 7hrs! 1st Peak: Moderate difficulty level. Some with a fear of heights have trouble higher up on the trail with the steep scrambles and climbing. Give yourself 2-3.5hrs. This might be the easiest part of the hike but it's physically demanding, there's some good elevation gain in a short distance. Can get very muddy. Tips If you can't check a ropes integrity, never put all your weight on it. You do not know if it was tied securely, or what its anchored to. Don't trust it just because someone else does. Past the 1st peak there's a lot of exposed trail, it gets really hot out there. Bring more than enough water and some food. Visitors: Climbing is different in Hawaii! Our rock is often waterlogged and crumbly. All it takes it pulling in the wrong direction and big rocks can come loose. Check those hand/foot holds, practice three points of contact, don't bring more than one foot or one hand off the ground at a time. Pick up your trash. Pick up others trash. Respect the land.


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