You enter the Mount Olympus trail at the end of of the Waahila Ridge trail. You can go beyond this sign, but the trail is not maintained by the state, so be cautious.
Animals along on the trail were scarce. However we did snap a picture of a pair of wild rabbits at the beginning of the hike.
This slick slope made for the first real obstacle on the hike. We found ourselves grabbing onto the large log for support as we climbed. Someone has already left a rope in place.
An unnamed hiker in the distance.
Ohia lehua growing along the trail. The vibrant red blossoms are a popular, though difficult to use, material for lei.
One hiker's shoe didn't make it out intact.
The first of several grassy knolls along the trail, a perfect place for a water break. Diamond Head sits in the background.
A hapuu pulu ii (Hawaiian tree fern) yet to unfurl.
The back of Manoa Valley. It doesn't go much further than this.
Likewise, the back of the Palolo Valley on the other side.
Going up. Stairs were carved right into the earth by hikers.
Palolo Valley on the left. Manoa Valley on the right. Hard to believe the mountain down the middle is our path thus far.
Another small grassy knoll. Take advantage of these spots for not only rest breaks, but photo ops.
Standing at the foot of Olympus. Nowhere to go but up.
Foot space up the mountain is tight as the trail narrows drastically. You will be grabbing on to rocks and foliage as you ascend.
A thick blanket of fog rolled in that afternoon, obstructing views of Hawaii Kai and Waimanalo. Trust us, it's there.
The final ascent. The summit of Olympus looms in the foggy distance.
The trail going up was thick with native grasses and shrubs. Despite the heavy fog, visibility along the trail was fine.
Standing at the top of Mount Olympus, some 2,300 feet above sea level. Manoa Valley and Honolulu stretching out beyond the fog.