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Very difficult and potentially deadly hike (there have been accidents) with limited views. Go in the morning, as it might take 6-8 hours to complete and the last thing you need is to rush back through the mud, cliffs and slippery stones to make it back before dark (as it will be nearly impossible to get out after dark and it's a scary thought to spend the night in the jungle).
We did it yesterday (the main route) with no problem. There was a guard at the base of the stairs, he warned us that we are trespassing and this is illegal and then rolled back his window and did not speak to us further. On the way back we passed the same guard, took the main route back and nothing happened.
We met about 10-12 people at the top so this is a moderately trafficked hike. One thing to note - if you have a fear of heights then this hike is NOT for you. And you must be in a decent shape to attempt this (there are about 4,000 steps, some are very steep - if you panic for any reason and let go of the rail, you will fall to your death in seconds). Also, do NOT go it alone. Find someone in this forum and go together.
General TIPS: Bring water (at least 1L), some warm layers, wear good shoes (forget flip flops!), and a warm hat just in case (it gets VERY windy at the top).
As to the fines, it seems that they are given out at random so it really depends on your luck. So, good luck!
Traveling to Hawaii with parents, who are unfortunately too old to make this hike!
Will be in Haiku from 1/23-1/27 and 2/4-2/5 and would love to cross this off my bucket list.
Anyone interested in making the hike around then and wouldn't mind an extra friend tagging along or needing an extra friend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org