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Go early. It gets hot and the lot fills up. We parked prior to the tunnel and saved a few dollars in parking.

My girlfriend and I are looking to hike the Stairway to Heaven sometime between Oct 23- Oct 25th. We’re both from Florida and haven’t been here before. If you’re planning on going or know someone who knows it well, message me on insta: bradleyrombo

Nice easy morning hike. Tons of people on the trail, the more the merrier!

I went up recently, it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Thinking of going up 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.

Aloha, my gf and I would like to do the trail in a group this week, preferably on wednesday (24th) or thursday (25th). Would you guys like to join? Please message me on t.roth94@gmail.com

on Olomana Trail

hiking
1 day ago

This is a scenic hike that features beautiful views of the koolaus, waimanalo end to kualoa. I’ve only done the first peak but you can see the 2nd and 3rd. It gets steep on the first climb but once your up the others look decent to get to, since your on the ridge already.

First hike and it was amazing. It wasn't over crowded. We started at about 3:00 and they had lots of places to stop and rest. It does get hot and not to much wind until you get towards the top. Bring water and enjoy the view.

We did a Wednesday 5:30 AM sunrise hike on our anniversary in Hawaii.

Pros:
Beautiful scenery
Well maintained paths
A variety of terrains: pathed, rocky, multiple stairs
Challenging

Cons:
Cost $1 per person or $5 per car
A huge number of tourist, try to beat the buses ( like we did by arriving a few minutes before they opened and walked up after being dropped off by our Lyft)

For my first hike ever it wasn’t bad. Paved and well maintained. Not a lot of people at 1200 and parking was easy. Saw some people swimming in the pools but I was not about to do that hike. Very kid friendly!

This. Is. Tough. But totally worth it. It gets a little tricky after the road ends to find the trail but once you do the climb up is spectacular. Follow @jjbowen on insta for pics!

I'll be in Honolulu (November 5th to November 9th )to hike stairway to heaven if anyone want to enjoy me please email me to ds_orti@aol.com

Quick and easy hike if you have microspikes/crampons. Park at the end of the road. Follow the fence until there is an opening. from there, you can hug the fence from the inside going left, where you will eventually see the start to the trail (this is the way we came back up). Another way down (this is what we did) was following the path you see once the fence opens up. The hike down is quick, maybe 15 minutes. Some ropes to help you out, but focus on grabbing hard roots. I swam around the waterfall, but fair warning rocks are slippery so go slow, and ideally wear water shoes (switch into them when you are at the water). You can also get behind the waterfall. amazing. Spotted several rainbows while hanging out near the waterfall for a good 45 minutes. Today saw about 10-12 people in multiple groups coming in and out of the bottom. Not sure why this trail is marked closed. Must do!

Tough hike but beautiful

easy hike, great view!

I’ll be in Oahu next week October 22-23 and looking to join others doing this trail and reach the top of the stairs the legal way or go with someone that has hiked it before, If somebody is planing doing it these dates please send me a message instagram: octaviocastilloa email: octaviocastillo1995@gmail.com

hiking
4 days ago

Really fun trail and has beautiful views. Went on morning hike and it was raining the entire hike up. No views on the way up. Just rain and clouds, but the hike was still fun! Very slippery b/c much of the ground is either red clay, rock or both. It can also be very muddy. The path can be both straight or winding; uphill and downhill; muddy and rocky. My downhill trek had more views because the clouds were dispersing. I almost ran back to the top, but the summit still had no visibility. Heading downhill in the wet conditions was tough. Take your time and be careful because some parts are narrow. Was able to see the waterfalls and river on my descent. Beautiful hike with benches at vista points along the way.

Yes there is a sign ‘Area Closed’ immediately after the rockwall at the start.

closed? no way. people do this trail every day. it's super easy from the Pali lookout parking lot (bus side)

super touristy and you have to pay to get in. but beautiful views

beautiful but tough in comparison to the alternate route... aka stairway to heaven. both routes will get you to the same peak, but this route takes double the time.

It's funny to see some of the reviews on here that undoubtedly have to be tourists from acting like this has to be the best hike on the island because it's so amazing. I realize this sounds condescending, but I humble myself by saying I've only lived in Hawaii for about 6 weeks now and before I experienced some of the most breathtaking trails here, I probably would have said Diamond Head was the best hike I've ever done.

Don't get me wrong, this is a great hike and a great one to start with if you're going to do more intense (and dangerous) trails later. But in my opinion it is FAR FROM the best hike. I'm going to list some pros and cons of this hike. Now remember, it's all about preference and perspective, so my pros might be cons for you and visa versa. I'm more of a hiking enthusiast. So I'd guess that my review would resemble another hiking enthusiast's preferences. Not a family's with children with them.

Pros:
-Great views at the top. One of the few places you can see the Honolulu skyline from such an extraordinary angle.
-There's a parking lot right by where the trail starts for convenience
-Cool rock formations along the walking trail and views almost all the way up
-You get to walk through a cave like structure through the mountain at one point
-Bathrooms and water at trailhead

Cons:
-Extremely crowded. Everyone comes here. I went on a Thursday mid morning and parking lot was full and trail full of people. Would hate to see it on the weekends.
-You have to pay 5 dollars to park or 1 dollar if you walk in(like I did).
-Hardly a hiking trail. It is very well maintained/established and feels like you're walking through a line to get on a Jurrastic Park ride at Universal Studios.
-Way to easy. Dont get me wrong, still a climb, and it's a workout, but other than an increased heart rate and a bit of sweating, it's a little challenge. (560 foot climb)
-Views are great but not very high up(760 feet above sea level). Many other trails have a better altitude.

In summary, I think it's a good hike to do and check out because it's still a great hike and very iconic. It's just very different than every other Hawaii hike I've done. If you want want something more rugged and more challenging with more nature and less crowds, check out kaau crater hike. Or 3 peaks olomana trail! Along with tons more.

Paved road the whole way up with gorgeous lookout areas on the way to the top. Seasonally you can see whales migrating though they weren't there in mid October.

Aloha! I went both days this past weekend and today! It was awesome out! I will be hiking Thursday and Friday still this week. 18/19. 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. (over 100 times) 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.

I literally just finished up this trail. Went at 830 and took the road. Cut up through the woods once I got near the school gate. Walked right by and waved at the security. On the hike down I noticed the car wasn’t at the spot so I rushed down the last 15 minutes to beat him back. Met a few other hikers and said his car was parked near the school, so I took the same path in the woods back down with no issues. Total time up 1.5 hrs, total down 1.25 hours. It cleared up on the way down so I got a lot of great pics. I can see why there is security I passed about 5 different groups and all at inconvenient times and it’s very hard to pass as some of the stairs are so narrow you have hurdle on to the mountain side for others to pass. This has been on my bucket list for years, finally glad I can cross it off.

If you have any questions on the hike my Instagram handle is justin.kocak

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Good place to check out the waves, incredibly blue water, and its pretty much an extension of the China Walls. As mentioned, it's not a trail!

4/5 because it's not a trail, but I would suggest friends to check this out if they came to Oahu.

Easy to walk to the top within 30 minutes. Do not bring a stroller as the trail turns from a flat sidewalk, to bumpy rocks, to stairs and a narrow tunnel. There are a few lookouts as you go up to rest/hang out. This isn't a challenging hike, and it's not much of an adventure if you are a hiker. It's worth it to check out for the views to kill 1 hour of the day and to get a little workout in. You can park at the lookout for free before entering diamond head tunnel, or you can park in their provided parking lot for $5. If you walk in and park outside, you do have to pay $1.

3/5 because it's not an adventure, you have to pay, but it's good to do for the views.

Well, not really a trail, more of an ascent on some pavement that isn’t flat. It’s short which is nice cause it’s all up hill without rest stops. Great views from the top.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven tomorrow, October 17th, for the 292nd 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

Grab a coconut water to enjoy along the way to the observation station if you dont mind keeping it with you as there is the pack in, pack out rule. Rewarding views. Great work out!

Me with my husband did this hike last week so I just wanna share our experience. We are not really that hiking persons but we made it in 8 hours started at 7am.
Make sure that you get plenty of water with you, some snacks, waterproof jacket, extra clothes, gloves and good shoes with spikes ! Some areas on the top might be very slippery and muddy so you will definitely need them ! Don’t worry about passing through the water and mud in Moanalua Valley because on your way back you will be completely wet and dirty anyway :D The view was so beautiful !
Good luck everyone and be careful !

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