Wa’ahila Ridge Trail to Mount Olympus

Trail to Mt. Olympus

Mount Olympus is one of the prettiest hikes town side on Oahu. There are two ways to reach the summit. The first trail begins in Manoa valley and the second trail begins on the Wa’ahila Ridge Trail in St. Louis Heights. I’ve done both, but I think I enjoy the latter trail best. The hike takes about 4 hours round trip and is ~5 miles long.

Honolulu Views

Honolulu Views


Getting there:

Driving through St. Louis Heights you’ll take Peter Street pretty much all the way to up until you reach the corner of Ruth and Peter Street. Take a left and park in the Wa’ahila Ridge State Recreation Area. If you go early enough the parking is ample.

Or just plug in Wa’ahila Ridge Trail into your GPS and it will get you there all the same. OoOh technology. 


The Trail:

Trail Head

Trail Head

The trail entrance is a few feet from the parking lot. Begin by following the Wa’ahila Ridge Trail signs for the first mile or so. This hike is usually muddy but this particular day it was beautiful and quite dry. You’ll reach a graffiti sign within the first 10 minutes of the hike. Follow it down and continue on the trail until you find a fork in the trail.

Trail Marker

Trail Marker

A sign will point to the lower Wa’ahila Ridge Trail on the left. You can continue down this to finish the loop if you’re tired.

If you want to push through to Mount Olympus take the trail on the right and go up.

Trail to Mt. Olympus

Trail to Mt. Olympus

Mt. Olympus Peak

Mt. Olympus Peak

NOTE: This trail is no longer maintained and has extremely steep inclines. You will use ropes to help in some of the eroded areas. Please take caution if you continue, especially on a muddy day!

Climbing up the ridge to Mt. Olympus

Climbing up the ridge to Mt. Olympus

Resting at the summit

Resting at the summit

Hope everyone enjoyed! Please feel free to comment if you have questions. Mahalo Nui!

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