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Not for the faint-hearted, or anyone who isn't very confident climbing. We did the saddle trail, and it was a big mistake. Starting from the park and following the stream takes you to a flash flood sign about 2 or 3 miles into the trail. DO NOT TURN LEFT DIRECTLY AT THE FLASH FLOOD SIGN. I can't emphasize that enough, unless you're ready for extreme climbs and tiny ledges with huge drops. My group took this route and regretted it after following the flash flood sign directly left. It took us another 2.5 miles to clear the jungley parts and get onto the ridge. From there things got very dicey with a tiny trail with huge consequences on each side. We scaled a ledge and realized we couldn't do it, and my group was all very experienced hikers. Look up the article from unreal hawaii ( http://www.unrealhawaii.com/2011/07/moanalua-saddle-to-haiku-stairs/) to see if that's what you want.
Take the left about 20 feet after the flash flood sign to have a safer hike.
Hiked this with another family, between us we had 5 kids who hiked the whole way and two 1 year olds who were carried most of the way. The rock climbing was a bit tricky at parts but definitely doable, my 3 year old rarely needed a helping hand and was actually more fearful of the crashing waves than the rock climbing. We started by heading to the left when approaching, climbing up the side a bit and then descending down and around to the other side. This hike should be a loop! It was awesome, great views. There were a couple homeless camps set up so be respectful as you traverse through and HAVE FUN!
Agree with most other reviews - easy downhill, moderate to hard uphill; would add that going later in the day (starting at 2 pm like we did) helps a lot. You start to get some benefit of shade downhill and get some breezes on the way up without the relentless heat and sunshine. At the end of the trail you can drop right in to snorkel - just keep and eye out for sea urchins and kayak companies launching in and out - otherwise perfect for kids and beginners. Lots of fish to see. If you head to the trail on the left it's a short few steps to Captain Cook's monument and the inner bay. We saw dolphins out further and it was definitely not overloaded with other snorkelers, tour boats or kayakers in later afternoon.
Pretty easy hike. Did it with our 8 year old son. Wear good shoes, there might be some pretty good mud on the hill straight up. There are a few ropes to help but some have been broken. Pillbox was nice and so were the views. It was a pretty nice afternoon hike. This hike is also listed under the name of Kammiland Trail.
This was a pretty good hike. It seemed to take quite a while to get all the way to the top. TONS of switchbacks and when we went the stairs were nice and dry due to no rain for 2-3 weeks. Amazing views at the top and crazy chilly breeze at the top to cool you down! Wear good shoes and bring water and a snack. Parking is in residential on the roadside and no potties, so enjoy the wood line.
Did this with a friend while the kids were at school. We parked on the lot at Dillingham and hiked to the picnic table and sat for a few minutes and then continued on all the way up the access roads. It's a serious booth burner but nice and shades and quiet. Bring water and snacks and wear good shoes because you are walking some pretty good inclines up those access roads!