Three Peaks dramatically protrude from the Windward landscape, casting a perilous backdrop to the beautiful beaches on the east coast of Oahu. There is something about the peaks that give this hike a mysterious but thrilling vibe.
Advanced Hikers Only
1 Hr. per Peak
5 Mile Round Trip
30 min. Drive From Waikiki
Three Peaks Hiking Trail:
The trail begins along a paved road, shared with the golf-club next to the trail entrance. The beginning of the ‘real’ trail is marked by a small wooden sign marked ‘Olomana Trail’. From this point on the incline is quite unforgiving and reminiscent to the pain of Koko Head Stairs. The incline is manageable but definitely a calf-burner.
The path is often muddy and can be overgrown in some sections. The trail requires you to amble over tree roots and climb up and over boulders. This is no walk in the park.
Halfway up the first peak, stepping out of the dense foliage you will find beautiful views of Waimanalo as you continue the journey upwards. Birds and butterflies flutter around while the humidity inside the tunnel of trees will have you dripping in sweat by now. After about 30 the first peak is almost within reach. The last step is to use a rope to clamber up some steep rocks.
After the little section of intense concentration needed to rock climb, and use the ropes the perfect spot for a break is atop the first peak. Views over the Koolau Range spread across from left to right. In the other direction, the white sand and azure water remind you of the paradise you are lucky enough to be enjoying.
That is the easy part over! From this point forward the trail narrows significantly. There is a short stretch to the second peak before a 90-degree drop to reach the third peak. This stretch of the hike shouldn’t be taken lightly as several hikers have come into trouble in this region before.
Ropes, good shoes and a sense of adventure are all necessary to get to to the third peak. Once you are finally at the third peak a sense of completion will wash over you as you feel on top of the island.
Three Peaks is a hike for moderate to experienced hikers and should be attempted in fair weather only. It is a 4-5 mile round trip but has extreme incline, which is why it takes several hours. Bring plenty of water and good hiking shoes.
Where To Park:
There is free street parking to access the hiking trial. You’ll have to park at the bottom of the road and walk up the street to the trail. You’ll pass a guard shack and they’ll let you know where the trail is if you feel lost.
Click the “Open google maps” button to get directions for parking.
Best Times To Go:
Earlier the better! You’ll want to arrive before 9am because street parking fills quickly.
This is a challenging hike and you should only attempt the hike in good weather conditions.