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1 day ago

Amazing views, well maintained trail. Gets 4 stars instead of 5 because this is the portion of the Na Pali Coast that has a lot more foot traffic. If we had more time, my wife and I would have done the entire 11mi coast and camped out at the end. Since there are handfuls of people who only go out to the first beach and back, you're bound to get caught up in a couple of spots behind slower hikers or have faster ones get caught up behind you. Overall, well worth it!

4 days ago

Stunning. Not really a trail though, just a short path to a beautiful view.

My girlfriend and I would like to do this hike on 5/6 or 5/7. If their is someone available to guide us that is familiar with the hike, we will be open to paying. Email me at onefastcobra@gmail.com. Thank you.

Aloha! I do various guided hikes with photos on Oahu. I hike often/weekly. Likely hiking this Tuesday and this weekend. Possibly other days as well. Feel free to check out some examples of photos on my instagram @mike.karas. You can message me there or at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com

This post should take away many of the rumors you might have heard with this hike!
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7 days ago

Very easy and accessible for any age,heavily trafficked. However,mostly on the weekend,and holidays. Rather rewarding waterfall,and lagoon at the end.

I’ll climb the stairs Wed, April 11th for the 239th time.

The most recent post on my Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt will give you an idea for an impactful photo perspective.

5 things you should know about the hike:

(1) It is the safest way to reach that elevation on Oahu.

Over the last 70+ years, no one has ever died falling on the stairs*.

(2) There is a ton of trash at the top.

Bring a folded heavy-duty trash bag to help with that.

(3) No matter what, don’t go near homes!

Think: when is the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house!"

Two people have recently been shot on the street by a high powered air rifle fired near the intersection of Kuneki and Makena. That was wrong of the shooter, but also not surprising.

(4) The back way is more dangerous, but worth considering.

Near the base of the stairs, there is one unmarked Honolulu Police Department vehicle roaming to catch hikers.

After the November 12th escape of killer Randall Saito from the mental facility behind the neighborhood, security is on best behavior using off-road vehicles to apprehend hikers.

On a usual morning, a roving HPD officer, a stationary guard and two roving guards secure the area.

The penalty has some variables, but here are the components:

(1) $1,000 fine
(2) Jail, no longer than 6 months. (incarnation is rare)
(3) Legal fees (a defense attorney charges $800 - $1,500 for the case)
(4) Usually 80 hours of community service.
(5) Legal fees for expungement.
(6) Visa/Immigration hurdles
(7) Impact on professional life.
(8) Return travel and accommodations to attend court, community service, etc.

The setback ranges from $3,000 for simple cases, up into the hundreds of thousands over the length of a career for military members reduced in rank, folks who lose their security clearance or a professional license, etc.

Going up the front way, as amazing as it is, is not worth playing Russian roulette with the penalty, so don’t “just risk the ticket”.

Have a plan


‘Three routes through the bamboo forest’ would be where I’d be if I were looking to catch you. Just saying.

Scenic trail. Well maintained. Brought our 7 month old along without a problem. River was too high to cross, but saw the whole beach from other side of river no problem.

14 days ago

Did the trail on a sunny day after weeks of rain before. It was still very wet especially in the morning. As others have mentioned it is very slippery and the descent is steep. Fell once and had many close calls in first 2 miles that are in the in jungle. It took us significantly longer to go down than come back up because of how slick it was. The last mile or so towards the lookout opens up and is dryer but still steep. The views are incredible and saw a total of 10 people, we were the 2nd car in the lot, arriving just after 8am. I would suggest waiting for the trail to dry out to avoid mud and slippery slopes.

looking to hike the stairway from 5-11th April. Anyone going who has been before and know how to avoid problems?

26 yrs old, physically fit, photographer. give me a message if you want to join! FB: Lliam clayton....

A hard and beautiful hike. I would not suggest this as a day trip in and out to anyone other than a really serious athlete. Also, so lovely at the end, why not stay a night? My perspective-Although an active person and in medium shape, I don’t do cardio (not a runner or really... anything other than climbing and light hiking) so this hike was challenging for me! By the end of the hike in, my calves and knees were jello. The “z trail” section as well as the last half mile are challenging, but the middle, although more flat, is a series of 10 descents/ascents. The trail is muddy of the “gushy” variety at least 30% of the time. Other times it is less gushy but muddy, sometimes very slippery, and occasionally lovely pine needles. The initial z trail going up switchbacks was quite an endurance hall, but made MUCH better by going early before it was full sun. We started the trail at 6:30 am and I wouldn’t recommend starting much later than that if you don’t want to be baked by the time you finish the first mile. Descending this is easier on the way out than ascending on the way in. The middle section is described above. The last part is descending some pretty slick terrain- steep, wet, covered in slippery leaves. I found ascending this on the way out easier (although tiring) than descending it on the way in. We used walking sticks (each had one) and it helped tremendously with the descents. At the beach campsites- two annoying things are the helicopters flying over and the mongooses/cats trying to steal your food.
Additionally, on the hike especially near streams... lots of mosquitos! Long clothing is best if you have some for sun protection/ warm weather. I wore a tank top and had 30 bites (even with deet) on my arms and back alone. Saw no boars but lots of signs of them.
So... with all these challenges, is it worth it? I would say absolutely. The waterfall views are truly beautiful, and of the 4 hikes we did this was the most rewarding. The beach at the end is great and has lovely scenery. Things we did right- bringing a water filter, walking sticks, and a hammock. Things I would do differently- wear long sleeves, not bring binoculars, maybe start even earlier on the way in.

Aloha! looking for someone to hike with today or tomorrow. Let me know! ig: @emma.716

It is amazing, breath taking, gorgeous and one of the most beautiful places on earth... This hike will be full of adrenaline and a bit of fear but it’s worth it!!! You have to do it no matter what :-) Remember be kind to OUR Mother Nature and if you took anything with you - take it back!!!! Do not leave trashes in Mother Nature’s house !!! If You will be as lucky as we were You will not meet security officer on the beginning of your way but be careful on your way back... He will be there waiting for you and your

looking for a hiking buddy for the stairs sometime in the next three days! Im a laid back 21 year old dude from San Diego. let me know if anyone is down! ig: tonypiana

Do this before you die. The view will all be worth it. Be respectful to the neighbors and don’t make to much noise. And be aware of police patrol.

Doing the stairs next week hopefully! Already done it once, but looking for someone to lead a few of us! Message me on IG for date & time B___morse

I want to do the stairs but have no one to go with as of yet. I’ll be here until March 26th if anyone’s going and wouldn’t mind me tagging along pleae let me know! Message me on IG: chris_paini

The fact that this climb is verboten makes it more appealing to thrill seekers, miscreants, and those who believe no trail should be off limits and that hiking is always at your own risk. Clearly this makes it a big problem for the neighborhood and it's a shame there isn't a better resolution than posting cops and security. How much does it cost to employ the police and security? How much money is actually made off of the steep fines? How much would it cost to just gate the community? How much would it cost to build a small parking area and charge for permits? How much does it cost every time someone has to get air rescued? I'm not directly involved in these politics, hopefully Friends of Haiku Stairs can sort it out.

Upon entering Haiku Village, you will almost certainly be greeted by an unmarked police vehicle wherever you decide to park. Perhaps the officer will politely tell you that hiking here is illegal and that there have been acts of violence from the locals and vandalism to hiker's vehicles, and then tell you to be safe and respectful before driving away. Be sure that more cops continue to lurk around waiting for you to take one trespassing step.

My friend and I did not enter through the most common route, probably the second most common, and started at 8am, not 3am as so many seem to recommend. This made it much easier to find the way since we weren't familiar enough to find it in the dark. Entering with more than 2 people will greatly increase your chances of being caught, but will also give you extra hands to pick up THE INORDINATE AMOUNT OF TRASH on the way to the stairs. Normally I bring a trash bag or at least fill my pack with all the unwanted gifts left behind on a trail: no need for that here! The highway above just rains unused contractor bags to fill. This was a dream come true for us. Much of the garbage is debris from the highway (gardening tools, tires, tons of plastic sheet), but a lot is clearly from adventurous hikers who were just too tired to carry that water bottle.

We spent a couple hours filling bags and stashing them before even getting on the stairs. Sadly, there is a lot of trash on each side of the stairs that is unreachable with out some sort of telescoping prosthetic limb. Perhaps that's how the couple ended up getting air rescued the day after we hiked; they saw that Powerade bottle that someone took one sip from then decided to see what it looked like on the side of a mountain, and went for it. :/
Should an air rescue be charged to the hiker or the taxpayer? Hmm...

Expect many people at the top, mostly those who went the legal way. 2 hours on actual stairs to get to the top, less then one down, and then 2 more hours of picking up trash on the way out. Some strangers who hiked the legal way asked us to show them the illegal way out, which we said was a no, and we'd be busy picking up trash anyway. They were extremely excited to pick up trash, so then it was a yes, hired. It was disappointing to only have collected over 3 full contractor bags each weighing about 40 pounds, but it's all we could carry. Navigating muddy sliding hills, bamboo forest, thick brush, complex root systems, trenches and fences while carrying a backpack and giant bags of trash felt like a training scene from a martial arts flick.

Altogether thoroughly satisfied with the little we could do in one day to help keep all the fine human made stuff we produce from ending up in the ocean, even if it's a losing battle. The stairs were just OK.

we went through the back end of the stairs, the legal way on 2/26/18.. it rained on us, it was windy and muddy.. definitely hard and challenging...but rewarding once you make it to the top...not for beginners.. be prepared for a long hike with a little rope climbing... thanks @mike.karas on IG for hooking it up with guidance on how to get there, spikes for our shoes and gloves.. I highly recommend going through him if you've never been there

A beautiful hike! Able to see the coast line, which is one of the best parts of the island. It was a bit muddy when we went in March, but with careful footing it was not too bad. Would recommend this hike.

Very easy, the whole walk is clearly marked and paved. Lovely scenery and such lush vegetation with botanical signage AND historic Hawaiian sites with bits of interesting history for those interested all along the walk to the falls. Bathrooms at the beginning and end, not very crowded in March.

Looking to hike the stairs for the first time on Saturday March 10th! We have a group of 4-5 so far. If anyone wants to join or lead, email me! laurenpark15@gmail.com

Or if anyone has another car. We’re thinking maybe we’ll go up the stairs, and down the longer (legal) way. And we’ll need a car on that side to use when we’re done!

on Waimea Valley Trail

1 month ago

It was a quick and easy hike. Any age can do it and they provide life jackets to use for swimming near the waterfall. Must pay $17 to enter.

1 month ago

Great trail that is accessible but quite muddy in rainy season. Plan ahead and bring lots of water and wear proper shoes. The diversity of the panoramas is fantastic. Enjoy

Went through moanalua ridge at 3am and hiked till 6:45am. It’s rainy, misty,slippery and walking through a cloud with High wind blowing. It doable but tiring

scenic driving
1 month ago

More of a path than a trail which leads you to the lookout. Incredible views on the drive up and you won’t be tired of them yet by the time you get to the lookout.

anyone doing this between 4th and 6th march..email me at sharath49u@gmail.com

It’s anyone down to hike with us on the 13th of March, if you do dm me @born2die_traveling

me and some friends are planning to go this weekend, between Feb 24 to 26.. we've never been and really wanna experience this amazing hike.. anyone interested in joining us, especially someone who's been there.. pls email me .. sherms777@gmail.com

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