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Climbed the stairs today without any problems from the guard or the police. Best advice when going up is to park your car around puoni place and loli street in the area. And in between the the two streets with be a gate with what looks like a road a car can take, this is the government secret road or whatever. You can climb around the gate through the right side By going over the one foot wall to get past the barbed wire, and then follow the road up to the beginning of the stairs where the guard will meet you. He's not mean at all, he lets you go and tells you to be careful on your way up and down, he basically just gives you a warning. Don't listen to what the locals say about the police. Also take this way on the way out instead of through the woods. Another tip if you plan on catching sunrise make sure to take a head lamp or some kind of light invade you have to go through the woods, I didn't originally park here, I parked where this map took me and had to maneuver through crazy bamboo forests and mud and then climb a rope up a muddy hill to go up the stairs and around the guard which wasted about two hours. Until we found this easy way in and out which I suggest. Anyways it's defiantly worth the trip and the risk, this day became the best day of my life.
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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.