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I went up recently, it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Going up Saturday or Sunday. if interested send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com for details. Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top

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It took almost 10 hours from the start to end of the trail and back to the start.

Check Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club hike schedule for the next Waimano Ridge hike. The trail will be somewhat cleared after they hiked it.

The other two hikes with similiar end view are Manana Ridge Trail and Waiau. Waiau is probably the most difficult. Another possible hike is via Waimalu Ditch but it is very overgrown.

My friend and I are planning to walk up the backway tomorrow, anybody interested in joining us? Instagram: anna_helenaa

Aloha! I will be hiking tomorrow/Tuesday and possibly Thursday as well. I typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Went 3 times last week. 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 (including microspikes) 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.

Looking to hike this way on Thursday 11/15/18 if anyone else is interested. Feel free to reach out at robynavila1@yahoo.com

Taking the route this morning around 7-7:30 am after I get off from work. I have tried the back route twice and it is unbelievably easy to get lost but I believe I finally trial and errored the correct path this time around. I always come accross groups that just turned around because they couldn’t figure out the right path to the stairs. I will also be going on the stairs then returned back through the legal route. is probably too late but email justindavidsands@gmail.com if you are interested.

Anyone going up the stairs In the next 3 days?

Trail was a lot of fun. It took me about 3 hours with some stoppage for breaks and pictures! The first mile and a half was pretty standard although expect a lot of incline walking. Once you reach the staircases you’ve got about .75 miles left but it’s mainly uphill from there.

This was my first time hiking this trail and I really didn’t expect to literally be climbing up the side of a mountain. It was a pretty dry day and on the way up I was definitely glad that I had worn hiking boots (a bit of grip) cloud cover came in so it started to rain on my way down and my boots were a godsend!

great hike. go the legal way down the illegal way (stairs) 3/4 then turn around before u get spotted by the gaurds/cops. youll never get in trouble. have fun

Beautiful nice and long - and rugged.
Pretty difficult at times, but fun!

As my time is almost coming to an end in Hawaii, Im trying to knock out my bucket list before I leave. Going on Sunday the 11th. Wouldn't mind the company acm0312@gmail.com

Hey All!

I will be in Hawaii soon and looking do the hike while I am there. I am available to the hike between 11/28 and 12/1. Let me know if anyone wants to guide my buddy and I, or wants to hike with us! Instagram: tony_arguelles

hey hiking ohau fans. I am looking for people who would like to join me on that. I will be in Ohau from the 8th until 21th of November. Hit me up on Insta @made86made. Would be amazing to meet some nice people and enjoy the hike - Marc

Excellent trail. After a couple miles you’ll hit the ridge and it’s all fun from there. I went a few days after a storm and it was extremely muddy - I didn’t have a chance of making it up without being up to my shins in mid or water at least a handful of times, but it was worth it. Spikes were crucial in these conditions. If conditions are similar I’d recommend bringing them if you don’t want to slide all over the mountain

I went up yesterday at 6am.. The sky was completely cloudy.. after 1.5 hours it started to rain a bit. Whole path was pretty muddy and really slippery.. On top it was really windy.. I reached the top in less then three hours. On top there was nothing to see.. only clouds, but after 30 minutes 'heaven opened its gates!'.. What a view!
Back trip down was not too bad, cause the weather was pretty.. not much wind anymore, only mud and slippery.. I reached the parking in about 3 hours..
Really loved this hike!!
But go up prepared! Hiking shoes / 1 stick / gloves / plenty of water and food / good mood :)

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this morning for the 299th time.

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

5 things about stairway:

(1) It is illegal, but not unsafe.

In 70+ years there have been no falling deaths on the stairs. Compare that to 54 air rescues on diamondhead last year. By total death count, the Stairway to Heaven could be Oahu’s safest trail. (Although it still deserves caution.)

(2) Contribute to what you love.

I clean every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to carry trash out, bring a bag so you don’t soil your pack.

Poop: bury it or squat over a one-gallon bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, tripple bag and pack it out like a diaper.

(3) Take it easy on the neighbors.

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year. You cannot be too careful.

(4) 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, but got caught by police. When we got back to the hotel we slept. We really wanted to take a picture on the stairs so we decided to go the ‘back way’. It was harder than we expected, and when we got to the top we decided we needed to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

If you are considering going the legal way, choose companions who will be willing to return down the legal way also. You can easily get a ticket coming down the stairs.

Except under special circumstances, I normally do not guide the ‘back way’. There is another guide who provides equipment and coaching for that experience.

a. The ‘back way’

Legal access hours to Moanalua Valley Trail are 7am - 7pm with the same ticket as the front way if you’re caught after hours. I recommend starting right at 7am because it’s safer to not rush on the mountain. If you think you’re lost, take the only certain way out - which is to turn around. It’s easy to find yourself in a life-threatening position on the trails behind Haʻikū Stairs.

If you want to see sunrise or sunset, I recommend beginning at noon and sleeping over. The mountain is usually cold, rainy, misty and windy, so prepare accordingly. A good insulating mat is a must if you plan to spend the night.

‘Good’ hiking shoes are NOT sufficient. I recommend soft rubber ‘hiking cleats’, a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy your activity rather than merely survive it.

Ask me for detailed ‘why’s behind shoe criteria.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for the legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback usually begins around $5,000 depending on legal fees, travel expenses, fines. If there is any impact on professional life it can be 100x that. I recommend handling this decision carefully.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for advice there.

(5) Linger in the mountain.

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.)

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!


Hannah, I’m planning to go...early! Lindsey.toews@gmail.com

anybody going tomorrow? fun flight attendant here, I'd love to join you!

Planning on Going up the legal trail November 14 looking to join others who have done the trail before or who want to meet to go together. Pm me
IG kilika2014
Or email kilika2013@gmail.com

I’ll start off with saying ‘you have to go through hell to get to heaven.’ Thank you to all trails, I was able to hike with somebody so I wasn’t going alone. I don’t recommend going alone. We had a pretty crazy hike up I had microspike shoes and lend my hiking partner my extra crampons. The mud was pretty bad to be honest, it was horrible, it took us way longer to go up as it was beautiful the first two hours and then the weather changed and got bad really bad up there. You will get wet and muddy you can’t avoid it. It was so windy and then we got poured on and had no choice but to keep going as there’s no coverage. We waited out the high winds then moved. Have something for your feet you can’t make it through in regular shoes. I personally think the wind and weather made this hike hard as if we had sun the whole day we would have done it quicker. And make sure it doesn’t rain the day before as there were puddles which = extreme mud. We had plenty of water, snacks, rock climbing gloves (it kept my hands clean and was nice to grab on to roots and branches also had to repel some areas where there was rope it was wet and slippery) change of shoes, socks, rain jacket, microfiber towel, hat, all trails map pulled up when we weren’t sure (there are two turns where I think people usually get lost), and sunscreen(even tho we didn’t need it up there since it was so overcast). There’s one particular area that was really scary I was on all fours because there was no side just drop off on both sides and it was windy and muddy not something I would have stood to walk through. It was so overcast we didn’t see the tower at all until it was right in front of us. So be very careful of the path you go on and be sure which way to go. Going back down the legal was was not an option at this point as that was far from safe. Doesn’t matter what anybody says that wind and how slippery it was is not how I needed to die. We went down the stairs. It’s so doable and we had no issues. Locals going up told us where to go when leaving. So I wouldn’t rate this hike as hard I would just say be mindful of weather changes, having the proper gear, and being respectful. Pack out what you bring in, don’t shit on the path for the love of god, and enjoy the view. Start time 6AM end time 230PM. Btw woke up this morning and my arms were devoured by mosquitos going through the bamboo

It took us less than 3 hours to complete the trail and we would definitely recommend it. We really enjoyed the views and especially hiking on the ridge of the mountain. The trail is really muddy. It gets a little challenging at some point but not that difficult.

This was a calm, relaxing walk. It is a forest type setting with quite a few stream crossings, which were nice to intermittently wipe the mudd from my feet (I wore chacos, which were nice for stream crossings). Areas were pretty muddy and it was buggy, so bring spray. I turned around after three miles in because there was no change in view.

Pretty good hike! Up hills through tall grass! Bugs swarmed in the thick trees. Hoping to go back when the grass is trimmed so we can see where we walked! Nice views.

9 days ago

People are getting multiple hikes at this location confused. We were thinking we were hiking the 2.2 mile loop hike and ended up taking the upper ridge 14 mile hike! We started the hike around 3:45 and ran out of daylight while on the side of the mountain towards the end. There were lots of dark scary tunnels and two stream crossings. We had to use the rope to climb along the edge of the cliff. It was very muddy and slippery! The trail was overgrown in parts so you couldn’t see the ground! There are many parts of the trail that the ridge has a treacherous drop off if you loose your step or slip! This one you definitely want to start the hike early and in good hiking shoes and bring insect repellent! This hike should definitely be rated “”hard” not a moderate!

Anyone going up 11-5? Based my trip around this hike and some plans kinda fell through. Would love nothing more than to have someone to go up with and someone to point me in the direction. If so please get ahold of my Instagram _harls32 thanks!!

SUPER muddy, wet, slippery hike. Easy for the first mile +, then lots of washed out stairs. Worth every step and fall through the mud once you reach the 360 view at the top.

Expect to get super dirty. I’m not sure how bad it is when it hasn’t rained in a few weeks, but some spots are all mud due to no sunlight through the trees.

Go to the top peak. Make it up the steep straits and use the ropes. It’s worth it!

BE CAREFUL GOING DOWN! Super slick. Expect to fall ALOT. Awesome hike as long as you’re okay with being muddy :)

anyone want to make the hike 11/7 or 11/8

Logs by order of Mountain Ray.

Went up today, super muddy and I fell at least 7 times. This trail is not for the faint of heart! Takes a lot of work and motivation to get up there but you’ll be glad you did! Great feeling of accomplishment when it’s all done.

Hello, I plan on hiking this for the first time, 11/14 (wednesday), weather says intervals of rain and sunshine. I was looking to go with someone that has done this before but also don't mind for eager people as well! DM me at insta: kpxklee or email: kmoonlee63@gmail.com


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