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I highly recommend going through and returning the way listed on this map. We parked just down the street at around 4am and easily climbed through the hole in the fence to the right of the main gate.

We made the mistake of returning through the other gate, where we encountered the guard, had to crawl under the gate which was within feet of an angry pit bull, and were bombarded by angry neighbor verbal assaults, video recordings, and threatening up close encounters with the neighborhood dogs. Use the main road it’s way easier.

This is a workout, you will sweat your ass off in the beginning, then freeze up near the top. Bring an extra warm shirt or jacket in case you get too soaked like I did.

40 minutes ago

I think this trail should be rated hard lol. I'm an army officer and have hiked all over the world and this one was a doozy. The descent down to the stream after you leave pu'u pia trail is BRUTAL. Super slick mud, no ropes, and 60 degree incline. It's doable though. Also, there are no signs for the falls and the trails aren't marked. I got lost twice. you really need to plot the location on a good device or use the map on this app, which I did. There is some really creepy caves by the first big pool (Queen's bath) I suggest looking into. There's random pipes and concrete through out the hike in the middle of dense rainforest which just adds to the mystery. It was a fun hike I'll remember forever. The pools was the most refreshing swim I've ever had, no lie. I started my hike around 2 pm and had them all to myself. Bring extra water, you'll need it.

We expected mud, but man, it was MUDDY! The reward at the end was well worth it. My 12 year old jumped off of the larger cliff while my 6 year old jumped off of the waterfall. Bring at least a change of shoes and water to wash off with at the car. Took five of us about 1.5 hours going out, 1 hour at the falls, 1.5 coming back, with frequent stops.

Anyone interested in going before Feb 14? I was 1 mile from stairs last time and need to get to the stairs before I leave tbeviskand

It was 6.5 miles and takes about 6 hours. When you get to the fork, make a right so that you can climb up the waterfalls. Bring gloves because there’s a lot of rope climbing involved and it gets very muddy. The crater trail doesn’t have much cover so bring sunblock and at least 2 liters of water. Do the full crater hike past the water falls because the views of the entire island are worth it. Otherwise, you’ve wasted a long amount of time just going to the waterfalls. If you start before the sunrise, bring a headlamp because the hike starts with an immediate climb down.

Like all the other reviews said, be prepared to get muddy. It was very slippery in some areas, so be careful. It took us just under 3 hours out and back at a leisurely pace. It is a well traveled trail so expect to pass people in both directions. Cross the stream at least four times. Beautiful hike. Well worth the mud.

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week for almost 3 years now. Went up 7 times in the last 13 days. Had an awesome day out today! I will be going again Wednesday and this weekend Saturday and Sunday. Possibly other weekdays too. I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. (over 100+ times) It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (including microspikes and gloves) which are 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.

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week and have been doing so for almost 3 years now. Went up 7 of the last 13 days. Had an awesome time out hiking today! I will be going again on Wednesday morning and this weekend Saturday and Sunday. Possibly other weekdays this week too. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (microspikes and gloves) 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

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muddy
rocky
13 hours ago

this trail is STEEP, so wear shoes with good tread.
a little muddy in places but not too bad.

i only went to the first peak; unfortunately i didn’t have time for all 3. the view from the top is gorgeous; you can see all of Kailua and then some.

there are ropes, but they are old. if you can, try to freeclimb the rocky parts.

overall, if you are in shape, this is a super fun trail and i will definitely be coming back to it.

if anyone is looking for a hiking partner I would love to go this week (21st-24th). please just email me @ hannahmariermt@gmail.com

Hello.. planning on starting stairway early morning Tuesday January 22. Looking for people to go with. Message me on IG @andres_diazign if interested.

really good I love it.

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muddy
washed out
1 day ago

Lots of reviews mention that this trail is muddy but I don’t think I was prepared for exactly how muddy it turned out to be. We went the day after some rain and the trail was shoe-sucking muddy from the very beginning until the end. You WILL be caked in it by the time you finish. We had planned to take the loop back to the beginning after the 3rd waterfall but missed it somehow as it was raining and there was very little visibility with the fog/vog. We ended up doing the crater ascent in this and it was pretty unnerving. Everything was incredibly slippery/ impossible to avoid sliding and there was one part in particular that I needed a boost from a military dude behind us to get up because there was literally nothing to grab onto but slick clay. Considering we had no view because of the fog it probably wasn’t worth the ascent but it was too treacherous to turn back. The slow pace caused about 5-9 of us to end up doing it in a group which made everyone feel a lot safer and we had a great time. Overall, didn’t need to do the summit but it definitely made for a very challenging and memorable hike. Planned to take about 4-5 hours with short loop back but it ended up taking us almost 7 with the slow pace. Our watches showed about 7 miles instead of the 5 listed here but with the elevation change it sure felt like more than that.

I enjoyed this hike but it really kicked my ass! I’m out of shape and my husband (who has done this before) pushed me, he got told off several times LOL, but once I made it to the top I could see why!! The trail starts off relatively easy but the higher up I got the steeper it got too. The trail is paved for the most part and you have good views from the top.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

If there was an extra hard, it would be this Hike. Come ready to rock climb, because there’s a ton. Totally worth it! The view is amazing and the hike is challenging.

hiking
1 day ago

Made an attempt but Whitmore Ave then along to Center St. there's military style fencing blocking the drive. Will have to consult another entry point.

I've been going every weekend. this past Saturday it was very cloudy and muddy. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this Saturday the 26th this legal backway. In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
If interested send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com for details. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food

I've been going every weekend. this past Saturday it was very cloudy and muddy. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this Saturday the 26th the legal backway. In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
If interested send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com for details. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food

on Mount Kaala Trail

hiking
1 day ago

The last few rope sections were muddy and somewhat sketchy. Otherwise, a very fun hike.

This was one of those trails where you think you’re gonna be done 800 times but it’s never ending. It’s super slippery. Lot of rope climbing. My watch recorded that it was over 5.2 miles. This hike took a total of 8.5 hours (there and back). So bring a lot of water and leave early. P.S there are wild boars within the first 2.5 miles of the trail. Be careful. Stairs are amazing but honestly if I ever go again it’ll be illegally cause that hike is not worth it!

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scramble
1 day ago

One of my all time favourite hikes. From jungle to clay slopes and steep rocky scrambles, this trail has it all. Amazing views to be well deserved after a challenging climb.

A beautiful but technical and treacherous hike. We hiked anti clockwise to the third waterfall then took the path to the right to circle around the crater ridge. The path around the crater was extremely muddy and slippery (I fell a few times). The ascent to the peak of the ridge was very steep and some parts were difficult even with assistance ropes (good upper body strength was required). The views of the crater and the beach and buildings were great. Once we completed the crater ridge we descended via a different path (not via the waterfalls). It took us about 8 hours (going at a slow pace). The All Trails app says the hike is 5 miles (including the crater ridge) but my gps watch recorded 7 miles.

If I were to hike this again I would skip the crater ridge as I felt that the effort was not worth the view a second time. Instead, I would take the path to the left at the top of the third waterfall to connect and descend via the non waterfall path.

Tips:
- If you normally wear glasses, wear contacts. My glasses kept steaming up due to the moisture in the air.
- Do not wear quality pants and socks. They will get extremely muddy from the trail, the climbing and where you have to slide down the path because it is too muddy/slippery to walk
- Hiking poles would have helped
- We carried 3L of water per person which was too much. 1.5L would have been enough as the trail was cool (we went in Jan - temperature of Honolulu was 80 Fahrenheit) and the path was well covered (except for the crater ridge)
- Go with a group, on the crater ridge, having a helping hand or a boost up the muddy, steep ascents was very helpful
- Leave a change of clothes and plastic bags for dirty clothes post hike.

I'm just coming down from the trail January 19 2019... the hike up there was amazing, it had awesome views but unfortunately it was very cloudy at the top. if you plan to do this hike obviously like any other be careful, there are some sketchy spots but hold on tight and look at every step you take. The stairs are a beating but worth it!!

hiking
2 days ago

Wow that was hard but also amazing!

hiking
2 days ago

Awesome trail. Not very challenging, just long. The further portions of the trail can get pretty muddy and slippery, but the view at the end is worth it.

Another great hike in Oahu. I wouldn't recommend it after rain because some sections of the trail are very narrow and may get dangerous when slippery. Other than that well worth it hike with nice views.

Wasn’t marked very well. The all trails map saved us!!

Great kayak trip

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muddy
4 days ago

Nice trail

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