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I went the other day, it got pretty muddy and wet towards the top. If you have crampons that will help. I'm going up the "back way" this Sunday the 19th. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q. Make sure to bring food and water and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top

Aloha! Hiking again today and this weekend.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 supplied 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.

In town until the 23rd and would like to do the stairs. If anyone is going up between now and then please let me know. Best way to reach me is 503-313-4486

Someone going to the stairs today? Right now??

4 days ago

nice trail. good cardio. if you like to venture using the 'shortcuts' do so with caution. many end up putting you on a mud slide. this girl learned her lesson, after falling about 5 times.

Quiet technic but ok ... super place to see ... we enjoyed it . Not for raining days at all ... our 9 walked easily to the fall but he is used to .

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5 days ago

Humid but not hot due to tree and then fog cover. Occasional fantastic views. Muddy, trail runners are okay. Overall great!:)

Anybody trying to do this hike tomorrow sat 11th August anytime hmu I’m trying to do it but I’m hoping to tag along with someone that knows the way lol thnx

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Monday, August 13th, for the 278th time.

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

Here’s some helpful bits:

(1) The stairs are the safest way to reach that point on Oahu. Every year thousands of people die falling on the stairs in their house, but no one ever died falling down the Haʻikū Stairs.

(2) You are able to just walk right past the guard.

The security guard has two jobs: to remind you that you are trespassing, and to write down the number of hikers going up and coming down.

Those numbers go to the security company who compiles a report for the Board of Water Supply, the current land owner.

There are 3 regular guards. Two are friendly, one is not - be friendly anyway.

(3) The police have an independent strategy for issuing tickets.

Since August of 2017, the Board of Water Supply provided additional funding to station police on-site. This has been much more effective, but some people get through still.

(4) Every game has elements of skill and luck.

Because this is your first game, a win is beginners luck. The police play this game once an hour for months. If they win, that is skill. You have some technique, but mostly luck, so before the hike I recommend identifying the level of risk which is right for you, and sticking to it so you are comfortable knowing you’ll be okay either way.

(5) Use your spidy senses.

Make your own plan, and do your own thing. Don’t try to be like everyone else - the police read blogs too.

A review on Stairway is like a review on Russian roulette. Yes, he set down the vodka, held the revolver at a 15° angle, squeezed the trigger ‘really slow’, and yes it did go ‘click’. But no, that’s not the trick to it.

You down hear from the guy when it goes ‘boom’.

People standing in front of the judge facing 6 months in jail just want to be forgiven, they are not online reviewing or incriminating themselves.

(6) Don’t increase your level of acceptable risk mid-hike.

For instance: most of traffic goes up the back way and down the stairs. This doesn’t make sense from a planning perspective. The magic is in the ‘up’ portion of the stairs.

But everyone is suffering the long walk up the back and then goes with the risk of cops for an admin-style descent to the base of the stairs.

These people would have skipped the hike entirely instead of facing the police. But they did feel comfortable with the sound of the legal route. They saw pictures of the beauty and brought equipment appropriate for the stairs - but dangerously inadequate for Moanalua Valley Trail.

They reached the top having survived the day, but can’t say they enjoyed it. He was going to propose to her, but now the girlfriend is shaking and crying and talking to some Hawaii Mountain Man. I hear: “I’d rather get the ticket than die”. So they go down the front, and by that point, they have chosen all the lesser rewards and faced all the greater dangers possible for that experience.

The better way was to set a realistic plan and stick to the plan.

For the same principle, don’t start with accepting the risk of a ticket, and then run if you see a cop.

You are boxed in by mountains and those officers grew up trespassing there before they were cops. They know where you’re going. Running moves your risk from a ticket to a second criminal conviction (evading arrest).

Its better to take the ticket than to sit in the back of the cop car thinking: “I didn’t mean for this to go that far.”

Another ‘trick’ is to give a fake name. You wouldn’t be the first. That becomes false report to a Police Officer and identify theft - a felony charge. No hike is worth a felony. This is supposed to transform your life, not ruin some years of it.

(7) The nuts and bolts.

There can be a few court dates. In the first, the judge will ask for your attorney, and because of the possible imprisonment, won’t allow a plea until you have counsel. It’s smart to show up to your first court date prepared to proceed.

The total setback ranges from $3,000 for a local with the time off work, the thousand dollar fine, community service and defense attorney for their initial case and a motion to expunge after a couple years of good behavior. It’s appropriately $5,000 for a visitor with the cost of flying back on the days required. And of course, the impact on visa/immigration and professional life is unique to each individual.

In summary, to lose this game feels like your house got broken into so march to the beat of that perspective.

(8) We can change this.

Its disappointing that walking somewhere healthy and safely (and hopefully respectfully) garners extreme disapproval from the court, but it does. Hopefully with our smiles and stories of the epic life-changing m

Hello!
I've been wanting got the longest time to do this hike! Can anyone tell me how to access it from the back side, the legal (and long) one?
I would appreciate it! Mahalo!
clawdia_jimena is my IG.
(claudia jimena my name)

I’m in Oahu looking for a hiking buddy to do it. Anyone ? Hit me up

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7 days ago

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

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9 days ago

A new fav! Loved the inclines to include the 196 stairs at the onset. Added a new rope near the completion point/summit.

Elevation gained 1624ft.
Distance to turn, 2.10 miles

Be advised, several areas are shear like along the ridge with a narrow margin of trail. Also, you'll acquire some friends in the way of burs that stick to your clothing.

Great ridge trail. Challenging, but much safer than others I have hiked. Not a great hike for small children, but everyone else can enjoy it. It was muddy today, recommend hiking boats or trail runners. Tennis shoes might not cut it for some people.

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12 days ago

It's a great hike, it's a little more than 4 miles though. With the few times I lost the trail the app logged me at around 10 miles in 4 hours. once you get near the middle of the course the app shoots of in all directions (assuming it uses courses other people recorded) so use the app but expect to do a little pathfinding, also wear long pants there were leeches in the river.

Awesome hike. According to my GPS it 2.3 miles each way and all uphill. My five year old was a trooper and did it, but she has been building up to these hikes. l carried my three year old in a kid carrier and l would highly recommend a good walking stick for coming back down the summit stairs. All in all one our favorite hikes on the Island.

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13 days ago

Fun Trail, lots of up and downs. Would not say it's Olomana 'hard', more like moderate+. Park on street, be respectful of driveways and you'll be fine. fyi, We did not see one other person when we hiked it. So, after water-tower go right-ish...not right along fence, to open paperbark tree area. Short walk thru, then left down big hill...it will look like a trail. Rest is pretty well marked from there. You will get your shoes or feet wet crossing the stream (you cross it twice). Bring suit to jump in. Toward middle of trail, there is a pink ribbon indicating the trail goes right down a hill. This is not the trail, but rather a nice place to swim. The trail goes up hill...even though there are no markers for a bit. It gets really muddy near stream when raining. Watch out for hidden roots under leaves. There was fire a bit back, so you will see evidence of that. Have fun!

Wow. Ok. Worth the trouble for sure. Beware the cops and guards. Sack up and do it. Incredible! Make sure you check the weather, the rain was a little crazy to hike in the dark, and coming down as well. You’ll miss the sunrise if it’s too overcast. Bring lots of water, a light windbreaker, and a whole can of whoopass.

Hello! I’m coming to O’ahu with my friend in September, curious about the Anchor Church entrance point if anyone has any info on it! Radiantrunner87@gmail.com

Kinda muddy but over all it’s a great hike!

This hike about 8 miles, round trip. Took us about 4 hours total gettting there and back. There is barely anyone on this hike, however I wouldn’t do this hike again. The waterfall wasn’t worth the hike and we couldn’t even swim in it. You have to go right when you get to the bottom of the mountain and then cross the stream 8 times and you’ll see the waterfall.

Did this hike 7/26/2018 arrived at 1pm. I wish i checked the weather bc the whole trail was muddy going up. When I got to the stairs at the top there were no views because a cloud had taken over everything. As i was coming down it started to pour fairly heavily. That being said i’d do it again on a clear day

the trail head starts near the end of the paved/ dirt road, which has many no trespassing signs. the warning signs are marking private property on both sides of the road, not the road itself. the trail is easy to navigate and is frequented by motorcycles. the top of the trail is muddy. the hike/ run is better than the falls which are small. don't expect waimea.

all in a great run.

Planning to hike this sometime between sept 20-30. If anyone is interested or know of a guide, let me know at ktgozalka@gmail.com thanks!

The best you'll love all the guava and all the different kinds of trees.

Comparatively speaking, in terms of other Oahu hikes, this hike was only average. But, that’s just in terms of what my perception is of the payoff at the end, and my subjective judgement about other trails’ payoff. If you like rope swings into small swimming areas at the end, you may be totally inclined. And, for only being about 3 miles round trip, it gives you a pretty intense workout coming back. This is what I would call a reverse hike; down and in (to the valley), back and up (to the ridge, or start). The trail is very muddy in some parts, along with some moderate rocky areas where you’ll have to slightly climb. So, slippers if you dare. Even on a moderate day, like today, you’ll sweat going downhill. Bring or wear swimming trunks, or a bathing suit because you’ll need to jump into the icy mountain stream to cool off before heading straight back up the ridge. If you’re on Oahu vacationing and your hiking choices become limited due to weather or travel, or live here, but want to do something new for exercise, then yes, I’d recommend it. Otherwise, I’d try and pick something else that wasn’t nearly as strenuous for the payoff at the end. Other Recommendations: Olomana (Three Peaks), Hawaii Loa Ridge, Crouching Lion, Tantalus, Manoa Falls, Makapu’u Lighthouse, Hanauma Crater

don't leave oahu without doing this hike!

A very nice a quiet waterfall. The hill back up is for sure like a stairmaster. It can be steep, just be cautious.

mostly uphill hike, trail in pretty good condition for most of the way although some may struggle on a few muddy portions/climbs. views on the way up of west side well worth the hike even if summit is foggy. at a good clip for an experienced hiker 4 hours round trip. fair number of people on trail after about 10am on a weekend

Before deciding to take this hike make sure you do it early in the day! The forest gets dark very quickly and can get disorienting at night. The trailhead starts under the big water tower right behind a smoky the bear sign. This trail is challenging and you can get lost rather easily. Our 3.7 mile trek turned into 5 miles. Over the course of 3 hours we were the only ones on the trail a rarity when hiking in Hawaii, Lightly trafficked indeed! Make sure and bring the all trails app along with you so you can follow this 3.7 trail. Have fun and make sure and stop for a swim in the fresh water!

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