Olomana Ridge Trail consists of three peaks rising dramatically from the Koolau Ridge: Olomana, Paku’i, and Ahiki. We only climbed Olomana, which is the first and highest peak, offering stunning 360-degree views from the top.
The trailhead is a short drive out of Honolulu, located just inside the Luana Hills Country Club. Although not a long hike, it is quite strenuous and not for the faint of heart. Steep and narrow at times, it also includes rock scrambling and a 15-foot vertical rock ascent near the end to reach the peak.
The friendly guy in the guard shack at the entrance to the country club told us to be on the lookout for wild pigs, which will normally run from humans; however, if there happens to be a dog nearby they can get aggressive, because they think they’re being hunted. We did see one pig along the side of the road as we headed toward the trail, but none on the hike itself. We made plenty of noise as we walked so anything in close proximity would hear us coming.
Pretty vistas along the trail offered great stopping points for water and short rests, and the trail itself is full of diverse and lush vegetation.
We made it to the top–and back down again–without incident. If you find yourself on Oahu and looking for adventure, this is a great hike! Use your best judgment and know your limits. The trail can be dangerous, especially in wet or windy conditions, and it consists of many narrow pathways, cliff edges, and rocky ascents.
Distance: 3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation: 1, 644 ft. (501 m.)
Terrain: Steep, narrow, rocky; requires some rock climbing and scrambling.
Difficulty Level: Advanced