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Aloha! I will be hiking tomorrow on Sunday! We went today and it was amazing out! I have went 12 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. If you're looking to hike and want to link up or get some ideas of what this trail looks like feel free to reach out to me on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Great hike with lots of shade. The end is a bit tricky, but worth the view. We went on a day that was fairly overcast. Not for the faint of heart, be ready to climb towards the end.

hiking
15 hours ago

The first half mile or so is steep, but evens out a bit once you start the switchbacks. We didn’t cross to the spine (this time), but there are three pillboxes right before so we were good. Amazing views and scenery! Not a lot of shade, so if you need to, take a break where there is. Bring water. Lots of water.

hiking
16 hours ago

There are 2 hikes right at the Pali lookout. One is the Notches and the other is the Puka. They are on either side of the lookout. I did both on the same day. The notches was my least favorite of the two. The hike starts out right behind the parking pay meter. Goes up through a wooded area. You come out of the woods a couple of hundred feet up. From there you have a pretty steep incline with minimal ropes for assistance. Once you make it to the first notch, the view becomes incredible. This was the highlight for me. I continued onto the second and third notches. At the 3rd I was half way down and decided it was not for me. You are basically free climbing down and or using the rope for 100% assistance. The face is completely vertical and many of the rocks were loose and or already coming off the face. This is where I decided not to push my luck. If I would have been hiking with a partner, I would have probably pressed on. Since I was by myself, better safe then sorry.

Overall, the hike was short but steep. I would have liked it more if there weren’t as many loose rocks on the cliff faces.

hiking
21 hours ago

Also known as the three peaks hike. I parked in the recommended parking area outside of the golf course rd.
The hike was fantastic. I went to all 3 peaks. It was a dry and mostly sunny day with no real rain for a bit. So the entire hike was dry. It is about a mile to walk to the trail head along the paved rd. Keep going past the guard shack and eventually you will see a big white sign. You really can’t pass it.
The majority of this hike is getting to the first peak. There are a couple of rope areas but nothing to crazy. The first peak is the tallest and has the best views. Lots of people stop here.
However, if you are like me. I couldn’t pass up the 2nd and 3rd peaks. Getting to the second peak is about the same difficulty as getting up to the first. Going from the second peak to the third is where the difficulty increases by a lot. Right off the bat, when you leave the second peak, there is 100ft drop with rope use. Then the rope stops and you keep dropping for about 80 or so ft. If you make it down that, you are not home free, but you can relax a bit. In between the 2nd and 3rd is the flat rock with a large hole in it, a great spot for photos. After that you have a straight climb up the third peak. Lots of rope use but nothing harder then the 100ft drop earlier.
There is a small can at the very end of the trail on the third peak which has some small medical and paper items in it. Good to know if you cut yourself on the way.

Overall I really enjoyed this hike.
It took me 3.5 hrs with .5 hrs being the walk to and from the car to the trail head.

Best hike on Oahu! Loved the views

rock climbing
1 day ago

Holy moly!!!! i hike a fair bit and this was one of the hardest trails I've ever done. I think a large part of it was that it had been rainy the few days before so the trail was as muddy and slippery as all get out. With that said, if it hadn't been as slippery this probably would have been a bit easier, but it's still a solid, hard workout. Would have loved to hike it in better conditions, but we didn't have too much time on Oahu and I really wanted to check it out. About 8 rope climbs to the summit of the first peak, none are too bad until the last rope climb where it's a vertical rock wall lol. Still not that bad if you have shoes with good grip and some body strength. We didn't have time to go to the 2nd (or 3rd?! probabaly wouldn't have even done that if we had time) because we had a flight to catch at 11 am that day, but took us about 3 hours RT to summit the 1st peak - that includes time we took to stare at the amazing views from the top and take some pics. The 3rd peak was almost in clouds, views were still cool, but would def suggest hiking on a day with ZERO chance of rain or clouds (if thats even possible in Oahu). enjoy!!!

I went up the other day, it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Thinking of going up tomorrow Saturday or Sunday. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top.

Hi there! I will be attempting this hike with me myself and I next Wednesday on September 26th. Is there anyone out there who would like to join me in this hike? Contact me through ig: instantlinda or email me at lindahasanewemail@gmail.com

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A lot of people saying don’t hike when it’s been raining, I say don’t hike when it hasn’t! Anyone who has been there on a week of great sun will tell you the pools can get stagnant and turn brown. Definitely kicks up the difficulty when it is raining since you’ll be climbing and descending on a layer of mud! But I guess it just depends if you are highlighting the falls and swimming or just worried about the hike. Just the hike, go when it’s sunny, falls and a quick dip, wait for a decent amount of rain.

So so so worth it. Did this trail today at 0800. Took us until 1530. You need spikes on your shoes, 2 L of water, and prepare for muddy conditions. The views are incredible.

Great trail. Beautiful waterfall.

trail is great. I have been a few times a day haven't regret it yet. when you go make sure you jump from the high point on the waterfall (the left if you're looking at the fall)

hiking
4 days ago

Super hard, but worth the rewarding view!

Beautiful hike, not much signage, we took a wrong turn once and had some difficulty finding the falls. We went after there had been a lot of rain so the waterfall was flowing hard and we did not attempt to get into the creek, although the rope swing looked fun.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 286th time.

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

6 things about stairway:

(1) It is the safest way to reach the summit. People die every day falling downstairs at home, but in 70+ years no one has died falling on the stairs. There has been one death - a heart attack.

(2) I clean the stairs every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to pack trash out, bring a trash bag so you don’t soil your bag.

(3) Please dont poop anywhere on the mountain - even off the beaten path. Squat over a one-gallon ziplock bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, double bag it and pack it out - just like a kid’s diaper.

(4) Take it easy on the neighbors.

When was the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house"...?

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year.

(5) Plan your hike and hike your plan.

The most common Haʻikū Stairs story is:

“We went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 2am and tried to get in. We got caught by police before we reached the stairs, so we went back to the hotel and slept. We really wanted to see the stairs up close, so we decided to try the ‘back way’. It was harder than we expected, and when we got to the top we decided to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

a. The ‘back way’

If you are considering skipping the magic of the stairs and going the legal way, it only makes sense to choose companions who can manage the challenges of retuning down the back way as well. You can get the ticket going down the stairs.

Legal access hours to Moanalua Valley Trail are 7am - 7pm. I recommend starting right at 7am because it’s reckless to rush on the mountain. It’s common for people to get lost a few hours, and some don’t find the summit.

If you want sunrise, I recommend beginning at noon and spending the night. As long as you don’t sleep inside the railing or access the trailhead out of hours, you’ll be legal. The mountain is usually cold, wet and windy, so prepare accordingly. The ground is especially cold - bring an insulating mat.

I recommend hiking cleats (‘good’ hiking shoes are insufficient), a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy this day of your life, rather than just survive it.

Note: keeping the stairs illegal endangers the public. Tearing them out, as currently proposed, permanently removes our ability to channel traffic safely. If the stairs were legal, Daylenn Pua would still be here.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback can be anywhere from $3,000 to the loss of a career. I recommend handling this decision carefully.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for some advice there.

(6) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go, they slowly begin to recognize their own reflection in nature. They resonate with the energetic blueprint of a place so majestic, and discover new light to admire in their soul. As we climb, energy begins to grow in us and melts our physical senses, opening us to sense spirit. We become immersed, perhaps because we’ve stepped “into” the experience 3,922 times as we move from civilization into a little heaven

After a while at the top, our group fades into shock (in a good way) and stays that way for the rest of our journey. Like a broken record, every time I hear: “We researched it, but we could have never guessed it would be so good. ‘This’ makes it so much more than a hike.” Always with smiles - sometimes in tears.

Most visitors get to the top, take photos, and head back down. I suggest staying for the ‘main event’. The magic begins when you settle in with comforts, and look back on your work while still in the environment of it.

We create space with good scents and music and soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, share our stories and sit on memory foam eating French Toast with warm maple syrup.

If you leave the top and start down right away, the noise of civilization drowns out your senses and erases the fragile nuances of new truth you found along the way - before those memories have time to settle into your heart.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of this priceless experience. We change lives up there. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we start up again, I’m lost on it too.

Dm me for a video of what we do at the top.

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

hiking
5 days ago

Going on Saturday morning starting at 7a from Moanalua

Great hike. Very difficult. Suggestions for people going on this hike. Don't do it if you're hungover you won't make it and if you do you wont enjoy it as much.

Waterfall was great. Hike past the waterfall was an adventure

Aloha!

Going to be in Oahu Sept 19-26 and wanted to give this hike a shot! Was hoping to link up with some people so we can motivate each other and less likely to get lost. If anyone is available, please email me at yanseung@me.com or DM me on instagram - yanleslie.

Thanks!
Yan

Hiked Sept 2018,
This hike was pretty much a walk in the woods. There is plenty of tree coverage so it’s good to do on a hot day or in the middle of the afternoon. It’s pretty dog friendly so if you have any four legged children they are going to have the time of there life.
The trail starts at the back of a residential neighborhood. This is both a good and bad thing because it’s a pretty upscale neighborhood so you don’t have to worry about your car being broken into while you’re immersed in the woods, but bad because finding a place to park can be a pain in the ass on a packed weekend.
There is plenty of natural beauty surrounding you on the way up and you’ll be zigzagging your way through the woods for at least an hour and a half, if you’re in no rush and want to take I. The sites along the way. There will come a point on the trail where there is a break and the valley is to your left with the ridge line continuing on your right. If I were you, I’d finish to the summit first and then back track to see the valley. I say this because the stairs are pretty brutal toward the peak and you’ll need those legs to reach the top. All in all I definitely plan to come back to this trail a second and third time. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

I highly recommend this hike. It rained on us a bit early, but even with that, was a fun hike. It does get rough when it gets muddy, but definitely nothing too crazy. The views are stunning. Complete panoramic views.

Don’t be scared by the “hard” rating: You can get close to the arch with an easy hike. Just the part up the arch is tricky. Went there after a rainy night, good grip from the rock.
If you want to go under the arch go left (seen from below) before the steep incline. Much easier than the right side!

AMAZING HIKE! I would totally recommend this hike to anyone who isn’t afraid of heights and is in decent shape. Went to all three peaks. The first peak has amazing views and the next two peaks are just a fun adventure!

This was such an amazing hike, we went the wrong way, ended up going down the waterfalls instead of up. So happy there were ropes and vines to hold onto. It was very muddy, but well worth it!

hiking
7 days ago

I will be on Oahu from Maui the first week of november. I will be hiking the pali notches and others. dm me on instagram if you would like to link up. find me under matthew kmak or mtheorydrums@gmail.com

Hiked Sep 2018
I’m not sure if we just got lucky and hiked on a day that the trail was pretty calm, or if this is always a pretty calm trail to hike but Pu’u Ma was definitely a nice stroll through the woods. It’s a nice tame walk through the Forrest and seemingly ideal for a hot or humid day since you’re surrounded by trees the entire way up. It’s also a great hike to take your dogs on.
There isn’t much of a view of anything but woods on the way up so it’s definitely a time to just be in the moment. Three fourths of the way up you’ll see a root pathway that actually looks like something you would find in an enchanted forest and that’s when you know you’re almost there. After the sign on the top, the view opens up to...
Well, I have to leave something to the imagination don’t I? Check it out.

Challenging, but a great experience. You meet other friendly group of hikers who are willing to help you out-especially at that point where you need to use the rope to help you ascend this steep/wide gap in the stairs! This is worth the hike!

Started from Halona Blowhole and all the way to the rim of Koko Crater. Super windy today. The plants are greening up post Tropical Storm Olivia. Weird to see pools of water along the way as this place is always arid and parched. For me, coming down seems easier than going up.

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