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steep, beautiful. no coffee when I went.

Awesome hike. My fave place to come on my day off. Starting off with cardios/breathing and then captured amazing views. Then adventuring to the Summit is the breath-taking, picture capturing moments and great workout accomplished. Coming downhill, “pump your brakes!”

Fantastic view. Tough stairclimber hike. Don’t give up. It’s worth the sense of accomplishment.

fun hike with a little rock hopping

2 days ago

Amazing views, very difficult. Challenging “steps” of varying size and height, super steep. One slightly scary bit where you walk on RR ties with nothing under you if you misstep. You will feel like you did something and earned your dessert!

Easy hike with nice views: Kahana Bay, ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Gonna bring the drone next time

It’s easy, but beautiful scenery is waiting for you. You can go take a child. It was muddy when I went. The scenery is waiting if you are careful.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, today for the 301st time. I’m stoked!

A little compare and contrast:

Kokohead Crater Trail carries more of an in-moment thigh burn than the Haʻikū Stairs, partly because the hand railing on the stairs enable you to disperse the work between arms and legs.

The post-hike soreness between the two hikes is about the same.

If you were able to walk (rather than crawl) across the ‘bridge’ on Kokohead, then you are prepared to enjoy the sense of elevation on the Haʻikū Stairs.

Kokohead is more dry, the stairs are more lush.

Kokohead is a great high, but second to the Stairway to Heaven.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go upstairs 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 have ‘stepped into’ the experience 3,922 times, as we move from civilization to 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 their best photos, and head back down. (I suggest studying which photo angles make the best statements before you hike.)

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

When you get to the top, don’t leave quickly. Lean back and enjoy the main event.

The magic begins when you settle in with comforts to look back on your work - while still in the environment of it.

We create space at the top with good scents and music to soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, revel in the story of this day, and relax on memory foam pads inside clean fuzzy jackets tasting wine paired to warm Vermont maple syrup on nutmeg French Toast.

If you start down right away, the noise of civilization dominates the fragile nuances of truth you uncovered along the way, before they have time to set into your memory.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of the experience. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we begin up, I’m lost on it too!

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

sad that the lighthouse is closed. nice paved road, decent workout. no whales yet

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3 days ago

Also check out Pupukea-Paumalu track to connect up with this hike. The upper Paumalu-Pupukea segment is much nicer ( and drier) than the lower sections or in the valley ( Lilikoi Section is a mud fest).

hiking
3 days ago

Gorgeous views!

harder than it look but awesome view of the city

Great hike to get your heart rate up and sweat a little. Slight rain slowed us down a bit. But we powered thru it

Hi! If anyone is down to do this hike the week of dec-10-14 please reach out to me! I’d love to do this but would rather do it with a buddy! @lifewithstef on IG!

Beautiful views the whole way. Will do this one again!

nice little hike & you can go on top of the rock -> when you arrive the hole, you can go on the left :)

Great views !

Very good hike, pretty vertical and the railroad ties and worn and slick when wet. Try to step between the ties. Great views from the top.

If you don't hike often, PLEASE warm up and stretch before you attempt Kokohead! My friend and I were pretty out of shape when we did Kokohead and for 3 days we couldn't go up or down slopes and stairs without excruciating pain, which really sucked because the pain affected all the other hikes we had planned for our short stay in Hawaii. So don't make the same mistake we did!

Had a great time on this hike. Beautiful and a good challenge. I definitely recommend it.

Nice paved road up to the top with excellent views!

Very tough but good workout. Bring water!
Rail ties are worn out throughout trail so have a good balance coming down.

Great hike and beautiful views!

Hike was awesome but when I finished the cops were given out citations at the trailhead said it was illegal and off limits.

The hike to the lighthouse made for some amazing views. But the best pet was the alternative trail about half way up that led down tot the blowholes and natural pools that were at the shore line. People say it is crazy dangerous, but as long as you use common sense and take your time you shouldn’t have any problems. The water is amazing down low, and the views from the lighthouse were awesome. Easy hike to end the day with.

Fantastic views. Light showers the day we went so definitely slippery/precarious in spots. Cooled you off though! Rehydrated and rested at the second pillbox for a while to enjoy the amazing views and breezes.

Saw some parents bringing their toddlers, which definitely made me a bit anxious on their behalf.

As others have noted, the ridge does have some drop offs, can get super slippery/muddy when it rains and has ropes in spots to help you climb up. A couple of the ropes look like they’re on their last threads though so test before putting all your weight on those.

Hot, sweaty, Achilles’ tendon challenging walk if you struggle with plantar fasciitis. Gorgeous views and so worth it.

Easy? For all levels? No.
It's a really cool hike through the canopy, up root systems, on bare edges with a fatal drop. Come prepared and be able to climb wet roots, mud, and rocks without putting your faith in used ropes that have been hanging out there for who knows how long. Other than that, Loved it!

Great easy out and back paved hike. Steep but the lookout pull offs make you really not notice the climb. Great views at the end!!!

Absolutely amazing views. Don’t let the stairs scare you. They will burn. You may cry (I was about to...) but the views at the end make every minute worth it. Take breaks know your limits and good luck!!!

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