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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 !

Aloha! I went both days this weekend! It was awesome out! I will be hiking wed, thurs, fri this week. 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.

Aloha! I went both days this weekend! It was awesome out! I will be hiking wed, thurs, fri this week. I have went 12 times the last three weeks. 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 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.

My husband and i are in Oahu today 10/13-10/20. We want to do this hike, but with someone who’s done it several times and knows how to get around security! We are willing to go any day between 10/14-10/20. Please email me if interested! Leyla@nezamfar.com

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3 days ago

Not really a hike but a fin side excursion if you are doing some of the other hikes (Koko Head, Makapu'u, Diamond Head) in the area. The sitting cave is awesome.

Aloha! I will be taking people hiking this weekend on Saturday(tomorrow) and Sunday. I have went 11 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.

Hello! My girlfriend, brother, and myself are looking into hiking the legal trail when we go to Hawaii next February. We are novice hikers but are in shape. We know this hike is dangerous but we would like some more safety tips? The dangerous side of it is what’s holding us back...

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven this week 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

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven this week 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

Very pretty view of the surrounding rocks and ocean. My wife and I spent a good amount of time just looking at the ocean and listening to the waves. Not a hike, but the path leading to the rocks is hidden behind a dumpster, but is clearly marked. Be careful when it rains, water runs down the path and could be very slippery. Few handholds to help you, but if it’s dry you’ll be fine.

Very challenging! Scary at times! I went in March last year. The weather was great. At the time when I did this hike my prior experience with a trail with heights was angels landing in Utah. This was much more scary and more demanding. Be prepared to get muddy several areas of the trail had mud. There are streams you have to pass though so wear water proof shoes. This took 7.5 hours to complete. The ropes are helpful but I would try not to depend on them because who knows who installed them and after getting to the top of some I noticed that they were tied to branches that might not have held much more weight. The ropes get progressively worse as you go more steep and with more exposure. Bringing gloves could benefit as the ropes are very tough on the hands. Once we reached the stairs the views were stunning! Bring a jacket cause it gets windy up there! We left back down moanalua valley trail because we didn’t want to get in trouble for being on the stairs, even though honestly I think the stairs would have been much easier than the back side of the mountain, and taken less time. Bring snacks, water, good hiking shoes, gloves, jacket and camera!

Fantastic hike! I started at Makapu'u and yes there's signs everywhere that say no hiking. There was an unmarked cop car at the entrance to the parking lot. I just walked across the street from the parking lot to the beginning of the hike and never looked back. It instantly goes uphill with you climbing mixture of rocks and sloped meadow. Once you get to the top of the first hill, you basically begin a ridge hike. it's undulating, narrow and windy. 1 hour in, you get to the puka. You could stop the and go back if you would like.

I continued. There are two jump off points (wooden platforms) along the way. One of them covers up the old Dead Mans Catwalk. The ridge continues on, past a private property area with antennas and stuff. There are cameras mounted. there is also a cool stairway to nowhere on the south side. A few peaks later, you get to where there's two big power poles. that's where you go down.

The descent is rocky, but not too crazy or difficult. just watch your step. not all the rocks are solid, some crumble underneath you. TEST BEFORE YOU STEP! The trail ends at Manawaiola St. There's a fence being built. It's a neighborhood, so don't be an asshole or disruptive.

5.7 miles, 4.5 hours.

Hello there! I will be visiting Oahu next week, and would love to hike this trail, only problem being it would just be another person and myself. We were looking for a person or multiple people that can help us out and lead the way a bit, I promise we don’t bite, the bigger the group is the better. I will be arriving October 14th and leaving the 20th. Please email me at evelynnisabella@gmail.com. Thank you!!!

Awesome hike. The views are great.

We started out about 7:15am and took us just over 8 hours round trip. We went on a rainy day, it rained pretty hard as we approached the top so it was a bit cloudy and diminished the views a bit but still a surreal experience when at the top looking straight down the cliffs at the highway. We saw a police helicopter at the top. The rain made things slick so we took our time along the path. Definitely the most difficult yet most rewarding hike I have ever been on. Being in shape helps. Bring gloves, good hiking shoes, snacks, water and camera. Well worth the time and effort and would like to go again someday!

Aloha, I will be doing this trail this morning arriving at the park entrance around 7 am. I hike every day after work but this trail I have only scouted to find the right paths so that I can complete it, go onto the stairs, and camp out to watch the sunrise. I have learned the hard way which trails to take/avoid but if you catch up to me by the end of the trail we will likely be in the same boat. I will be using gps navigation but it is far from perfect and I could use some extra people. Email me at justindavidsands@gmail.com if you are along the trail or plan to hike this. Also, I will be checking the accuweather forecast and neglecting to go if it is going to be raining.

We did this yesterday, 10/5/18. This was my third or fourth hike and absolutely loved this. It was fairly difficult for me as well as my friends but challenging difficult not danger difficult. The stairs are plentiful and the trail itself is well kept. Some of the stairs are difficult for short legs. All in all it was 100% worth every min!!

Will be in Oahu from november 2nd to the 6th. I am going to do this hike but would really do it with a group or a local. please feel free to reach out to me if youre interested! Thanks!

Email: Mavsnow23@gmail.com

Will be in town October 4-9, 2018 and looking for people interested in hiking this with me! . If any experts on this hike is willing to accompany me, let me know! You can also email me: kristinapdecena@gmail.com

We tried to hike this morning and saw three hikers ahead of us get arrested by plain clothes policemen with a dog. We hid until they drove off and made a run back to the fence. We are terrified to do this on our own. Can someone take us without getting us caught? sammie.nguyen87@gmail.com

Completed the hike no little to no visibility because the rain. Very difficult hike in wet conditions without cleats but still a highly recommended hike.

The hike is a great workout! About 3 miles uphill but so worth the views. Children might have a difficult time with this hike unless you take them in a stroller. Bring snacks so you can picnic at the campground. It’s very peaceful there.

I will be in Oahu November 13-18, 2018 and looking to join others doing this trail or go with others that have hiked it before.
Contact me if anyone planning to go at this time.
Kilika2013@gmail.com
IG: Kilika2014

I will be travelling to Hawaii ( Waikiki ) from the 14th March - 24th March 2019.

I want to hike this track ( The legal way ) to see some awesome views, if any locals or anyone travelling those dates send me a message and we can hike together. (Rather hike with someone incase of getting lost)

Insta: Jasonraymondsmith
Snapchat: Jase_raysmith
Email jason_smith_97@hotmail.com

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14 days ago

Went with some friends about a month ago. It was a bit of a challenge due to some rain, but when we got to the top, the clouds cleared for a minute, and the view was amazing. It stared raining on the way back down, and we were a mess of mud. Really fun trail.

Incredible ridge hike. Great way to get back from the Haiku Stairs without having to deal with the guard.

Best hike I have ever done.

Aloha! I will be hiking this upcoming weekend (Oct 6/7) and during the week too. I have went 9 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. 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.

Beautiful views and gorgeous greenery. But long pants are an absolute must. About 2 miles in the trail becomes severely overgrown where oftentimes you cannot see your feet. My the exposed part of my legs were shredded by the sharp ferns which made for an uncomfortable return trip. Aside from raw shins, this hike was enjoyable but not really comfortable.

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