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Olomana Three Peaks Trail

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Olomana Three Peaks Trail

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riverbenthic wrote a review Feb 2021
Los Angeles, California2 contributions7 helpful votes
Here's the deal - this hike is extremely dangerous. You're risking your life to get a photo on top of the first peak. Past that it get's even riskier. I read all of the reviews before my wife and I hiked it, and came to the faulty conclusion that all of the extreme danger came into play if you went past the first peak and attempted the second and third peaks. That is false. There is a section where you risk your life to make it to the top of the first peak. It is a cool hike, and you get a great workout because it's all uphill. But you end up having to make a ridiculous choice at the end of the hike. There are four or five roped sections because the incline is so steep - nearly vertical in some places. If you fall on one of these sections, there's a high probability that you'll break a bone. Of course, if you hit your head, it could be fatal. That's pretty bad, but just wait... The most dangerous section is at the very, very end. When you're about 20 to 30 feet from the top of the first peak, you have to climb a giant rock section to summit in order to get your picture. It's nearly vertical, and if you would slip and fall, you will die. There is no rope, and the fall is hundreds of feet down. You're on the knife-edge of the ridge, and you have to do short section of straight-up free climbing. It's ridiculously dangerous. Of course, you'll want to risk it to get your picture since you hiked for hours to get there, and you're just about there. And you've seen all of the pics online of the folks who have summited. And you can't get the view and picture from the spot you're in. Maybe there's even some folks coming down from the peak - they did it, so why can't you? So we scaled that section to get the picture, but the whole time I knew that it was stupid and risky. Coming down from the peak is even worse because you can clearly see that you will absolutely die if you slip even once. Your nervousness does not help. Then coming down the roped sections becomes worse too because you can see that you'll break a limb or crack your head open if you fall. The fact that so many people summit the first peak without fatal consequences must show that when your life is on the line, you will tend to rise to the challenge out of an instinctive will to live. But why take that chance for a picture? But make no mistake, you are risking your life and the lives of your family/friends/partner/etc.,... if you do this hike. That last pitch to the first peak should technically only be attempted with a harness, ropes, and a belay partner. It's true rock-climbing with deadly consequences. Obviously, we made it back o.k but I told myself that I'd write a review to warn others that you do indeed have to risk your life to summit the first peak. It's just stupid. Attempting the second and third peaks is even more dangerous. Google Olomana Trail/Olomana Mountain to read all of the stories of people losing their lives or having to be rescued with helicopters. There are other hikes on Oahu that give you spectacular views of the ocean from up high. Even though it's also an intense workout to get to the top of the other hikes, you don't have to risk death to get the picture and have a great day. I would recommend choosing one of the pillbox hikes instead. We did those too, and I think that the pictures are even better. (I rated this hike with five stars in the hope that more people would read it).
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Date of experience: February 2021
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aidanrohloff wrote a review Aug 2020
Honolulu, Hawaii13 contributions14 helpful votes
If you are a healthy, strong, and somewhat smart person, this trail is highly recommended. Hiking to the first peak is definitely fun, but not for everyone, the peaks get harder and harder to ascend and more and more risky. But as an 18 year old with no fear, that was the best hike of my life, at the top of the 3rd peak you will feel like a king. Be safe.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Donix wrote a review Apr 2020
Oahu, Hawaii6 contributions2 helpful votes
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This was by far the most challenging...yet rewarding hike I’ve ever done. Plenty of rocks to climb, ropes to ascend and descend, but the views are absolutely priceless. I’d suggest bringing gloves if you have em, spikes help for the descend.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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EllCeeMoney wrote a review Feb 2020
Boston, Massachusetts8 contributions7 helpful votes
I went on this hike somewhat reluctantly after reading the reviews, but I'm glad I did. We only went to the first peak, which took us about 4 hours (including the 0.75 mile walk to & from the car). The trail entrance is on a private road leading to a golf course, but we parked near the bus stop on the main road and walked from there. Note: we got a ticket for not leaving 3 feet of "sidewalk" aka road shoulder to the side of our car, so don't make that mistake. It starts out muddy (hadn't rained in at least 2 days prior to our hike, and it was still really muddy), and then dries out and gets pretty steep. There are multiple areas where you have to climb up 8-10 feet rock walls, and there are ropes to help you. The final rock wall right before the summit is about 12 feet high. If you have zero experience rock climbing (I have minimal experience but have been to climbing gyms several times before), this hike will be tricky and potentially dangerous. If you have microspikes, bring them! They would have made the trek back down much easier. However, the terrain, elevation, and panoramic views of Oahu make this a unique and rewarding experience that I'm glad I was talked into doing.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Marjorie P wrote a review Nov 2019
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Street parking is on Auloa. DO NOT PARK ON THE UNIMPROVED SIDE WALK - asphalt, DO NOT BLOCK DRIVEWAYS. Police will give tickets. Respect the potential dangers of this hike. Experienced hikers have falled to their deaths. DO NOT hike alone.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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