Olomana Trail.

Beginning the Olomana ascent.“K” wanted to hike Olomana while here on vacation. None of us had been there yet. It was tougher than we expected but all of us made it to the first peak and back, without serious injury. Very good times! :-D

In hindsight it might have been better to start our hike earlier. We got to the trailhead just after 09:00. Many were already there and more than a few passed us on their way back down. Aside from Diamond Head Crater and maybe Makapuu Lighthouse, this was the busiest hike i have been on so far. We had to wait in line at the technical parts of the hike. “Feels like we’re at Disneyland or something…”, was the common sentiment.

Patience and courtesy are just as valuable as water and good shoes.

We took our time and got to the summit of the first peak at 11:30 (2.5H). We stopped there for a bit and enjoyed a snack before heading back down. But there are three peaks in all. From what i could see: second peak is relatively easy to get to and is at a lower elevation than first and third. Its actually lower elevation than first peak but third peak looks nuts! (And it is!!) Its a very steep rock climb all the way to it’s summit. Getting up there is one thing; getting back down is another…

These three were stapled to a fallen tree trunk. I don’t know who put them there but thanks for the giggles!

Nice to know we had some back up, with guns!

The dirt changed color and was more red here.

The dirt changed color and was more red here.

Nice bit of moss (lichen?) on some twisted branches.

Nice bit of moss (lichen?) on some twisted branches.

One of several steep climbs w/ ropes.

One of several steep climbs w/ ropes.

Most technical climb up a rock face.

Most technical climb up a rock face.

Once we topped the rock face there was a narrow bit of trail then a rocky ridge line that could be climbed head-on or skirted around at the base. Head-on: you felt like a mouse climbing human stairs except with steep drop offs to the valley, 1,000+ feet below you, on either side… We chickened out and went around the base. Which took us on a ledge, up some more ropes, and up another small rock face then… hey wait a minute! Haha, but seriously though, that route was much less frightening: there was a lot more stuff to hang on to.

Panorama view of Kailua and Enchanted Lake.

Panorama view of Maunawili Valley w/ third peak visible on the left.

Here we are cruising at the summit of the first peak. K on the Droid, E making weird face, and me on Galaxy Note taking pics. You can see the second and third peaks off to the left and the Ko’olau Mountain Range off in the distance. That ti leaf in K’s pack is not so much for luck but rather to leave a small offering of our food as we had brought snacks with us to eat at the summit. Superstitious? Maybe. We weren’t taking any chances.

Yay! We made it to the first peak safely.

The view from the summit of the first peak is awesome. A new perspective for me: watching the tour helicopters fly by, below us! I’d really love to get a nice 360 spherical panorama up there, one of these days. The Galaxy Note has issues stitching certain scenes properly: this is a good example. Try again next time.

Panorama view of the ocean side from Olomana's first peak.

Nice light through the canopy, well on our way back down.
We took our time back, down to the trailhead. It took almost exactly 2 hours, including our snack time at the summit. We were “back on the ground” around 13:30. I’d say a pretty awesome use of four and a half hours of our Saturday!

We had a great time hiking Olomana Trail. Some parts were a little scary but we remained determined to make it to the first peak and back. We did! Although we were not prepared to go all the way to the third peak, this time, we now have another accomplishment to look forward to. We are very fortunate. Thank you Olomana Trail!