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Aloha! Hiking again Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this week. 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.

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 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

This was absolutely amazing. The most gnarly hike I’ve ever been on. I was terrified on the last hour to the top as it was super windy and you are walking on the ridge most of the time. Did this two days ago and I’m still sore. Super worth it but not sure I would ever do it again. This is a HARD hike and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Use spikes if you can - seriously muddy and the spikes saved my life. The way down seemed much easier after what we experienced on the way up but still sketchy. If you do it alone, guaranteed you will find some people to chat with and help you out. I suggest starting before 8am.

5 stars for the hike 3 stars for the description. this is 6 miles "each way" total of 12 miles. Great view, trail is decent and not too busy.

Great trail, though it’s longer than listed. My app said it was 5.6 miles for the loop. Starting at the lower parking lot helped.

Hiked this solo on 7/8/18. Forgot to review. Did the ridge starting in Moanalua, down the stairs, back up the stairs, then back across the ridge where I started. That was pretty brutal! 14 miles, 9 hours or so tracking on the Apple Watch. It was rainy for part of it and windy on the sketchy parts. Not for the timid.

Hiked 8/12. Challenging but enjoyable hike. Agree with earlier reviews…wear pants! It’s extremely overgrown most of the way. I also stopped at the 3.5 mile peak due to heavy cloud cover and fog. The risk wasn’t worth the gain to fight my way the additional quarter mile to the Lanipo peak. That portion of the trail is basically non existent. Plenty of flowers and creepy crawlers to check out along the way.

Completed this hike on 2018-08-07 via the "legal" way (start from Moanalua). My review does NOT apply to the Haiku Stairs. There are a lot of invitation to hike/ solicitation for guides on this review page. I'd like to provide some objective info regarding the risks and difficulty for people considering this hike.

Conditions on that day: No rain. Good visibility. Trail mostly dry, which lowered the risk factor significantly for us considering the wind (see below), but we encountered some spots that are very muddy. *Most* of the time we found a way to walk around the mud. Very strong, and more importantly gusty, wind on the ridge (~40+mph gusts). I'm reasonably fit/agile and I got knocked off balance and stumbled a couple times. Consider this with the fact that, in some parts of this trail you're hiking on a narrow ridge with steep cliffs on BOTH sides. Sometimes your margin of error is 1 or 2 steps. Yes you read that right.

Technical difficulties: Can be very muddy/slippery. Some steep climbs that require using your hands. Narrow, exposed trails. Spikes and hiking poles will make the hike easier, and more importantly, SAFER. You will encounter some loose dirt/rocks. People in my group were young, active people of average to above-average fitness. No expert hikers. Undoutedly a strenous hike, but we all completed the trail. ~3 hours up, ~3 hours down.

The risk of this hike depends heavily on rain and the wind. Both can change quickly. If the trail is not slippery AND there's no wind, this trail is manageable for reasonably agile, sure-footed hikers. However, slippery/windy conditions can make this trail very dangerous. If you want to do this hike, fully recognize the risk you're taking and use common sense - don't go alone; don't go in the dark; don't do it when you're not well rested, etc. Even then, go with the expectation that you might have to turn back if you don't feel safe. Falling off a mountain is a shitty way to die and your friends will have to have a very awkward conversation with your family.

Oh yea the views are phenonmenal, but you already know that. you get to take in full views of both the windward and leeward sides of the mountain.

I did this hike on a rainy day during a weekday, I’m sure it’d be twice as amazing on a dry day. The hike itself is a great challenge. I did it solo, it gets challenging near the end but I met a couple of adventurers already at the top who helped me along the way. It was good challenge and I’d definitely do it again if I had more time.

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lots of ups and downs and good views along the way make this a fun hike that I'll definitely do again. pretty exposed though, so make sure to have plenty of water. last portion rather muddy but not usually so for a ridgeline hike ascent. final 0.2 miles along KST has a lot of slick spots and a few portions without a real trail, which I'd avoid if you're not looking for a challenge. about 4:30 in decent weather by an experienced hiker, suggest pants for second half or so.

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.

5 things you should know about the hike:

(1) It is the safest way to reach that elevation on Oahu. Over the last 70+ years, no one has ever died falling on the stairs.

(2) There is a ton of trash at the top. Bring a folded heavy-duty trash bag to help with that.

(3) No matter what, don’t go near homes!

Think: when is the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house!"

Most neighbors are friendly, but some are aggressive and even violent. Tourist blood has spilled in the neighborhood more than once in the past year.

(4) The back way is less safe, but worth considering.

A ticket on the stairs is common and the judges have gotten tired of the case. The charge is Second Degree Criminal Trespass with these components:

(1) $1,000 fine
(1) Three dates, each about two months apart at the Kaneohe Courthouse
(2) Jail, no longer than 6 months. (incarnation is rare, averaging 1.6 out of 100 tickets)
(3) Legal fees (a defense attorney charges $800 - $1,500 for the case)
(4) Usually 60 hours of community service.
(5) Legal fees for expungement after some years of a clean record.
(6) Visa/Immigration hurdles.
(7) Impact on professional life.
(8) Return travel and accommodations to attend court, community service, etc.

The financial setback ranges from $3,000 for an average local, up into the hundreds of thousands over the length of a career for military members reduced in rank, professional licenses affected, working visas denied, etc.

Public record shows hundreds of tickets a month, but I suppose everyone standing in court started their morning hike knowing they had done the research.

There are techniques, but to be fair, everything posted online is a bit comical.

Two tips:
⁃ The guard is usually friendly and does not have the power to give anyone a ticket.
⁃ The police have internet also and are good at what they do all day every day.

(5) This is the real Hawai’i!

When I go, I approach peacefully and respectfully.

As we climb we are immersed, perhaps because we step “into” the experience 3,922 times. The activity melts our physical senses, and opens us to sense spirit. We rise from civilization to magic.

At the top, we savor hot foods and reflect for a couple hours in comfort, allowing the memory of the feeling to become part of us before the senses of civilization erase the nuances of that raw truth from our attention.

People think I go for the epic view, but along the way they recognize their own reflection in nature. They discover that they share an energetic blueprint with a land so majestic and find new appreciation for the landscape of their own soul.

They find that they climbed a mountain to see themselves in new light, so that the sunrise was the second, third or forth best part of the day.

They alway say: “I had no idea it was going to be this good.” Always with smiles, sometimes in tears.

I might skip a week or go twice a day, but even after so many times, once I start I’m lost on it again.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

hiking
9 days ago

Great running trail!

Omg, it's a killer, but it was so so good!!! I went with @mvrkb who does local tours for the low low, and we became instant friends! He's a superrrr awesome and friendly af local, and can help you out with whatever hike you need! If you decide to go by yourself, really consider the weather conditions, because I prob wouldn't have been able to do it without the spikes mark lent me.

amazing

its a very good hike especially for beginners. you can see the H3 freeway and the ridge mountain. it's beautiful

Finally did this today! Started at 630 am ended shortly after 1 pm. Went with 2 L of water (Drank maybe half) and some granola bars. While it’s long, it’s not a super difficult hike. A good portion is slippery but as long as you’re careful, you should be okay. Really isn’t any need for spikes or fancy equipment. It was easy to find and navigate.

I am hoping to find a local or hiking enthusiast would be willing to take myself and 2 other girls on this trail while there from September 11th- September 18th. Email me at emily.skelly11@gmail.com or Instagram at skellllz1

Thanks for considering!

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Aloha! Hiking Monday, Tuesday, and Friday this week most likely. Maybe other days as well. 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 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.

An alternate way without going through security is starting the hike from Wailupe valley,and climb steeply till you hit the dirt road before the start of the steps.

We did this trail up to Haiku Stairs during a rainy day. Sooo muddy out there. You definitely need gloves, rain jacket and good shoes. The trail was slippery and so windy that some ways it was dangerous. Nothing to protect yourself in case you fall, so be very aware. At the top, the view wasn’t clear because of the clouds. We decided to take the stairs to go down even if it’s prohibited, because the way back from where we came wasn’t safe. We were a little bit anxious about confronting the guardian, but she was very chill. She just waves at us and.. that’s it. It was the hardest trail I’ve been to, but worth the shot!! The view under the clouds was breathtaking!!
However, I do not recommend this trail for beginners if it’s windy and rainy. Be prepared to be wet from head to toes.
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I have hiked many trails in Hawaii and this view and trail is an all time favorite. The view I like even more then the super popular diamond head and koko head trails. You will hike all the way up the mountain where there is usually a big cloud of fog but if you go on a clear day the 360 view is just amazing. Its about 3 hours round trip if you take time to enjoy the views. When I first did the trail I was confused because the only way to get there is through a security gate in a private residential area. Turns out you need to go up to him tell him you are there for the trail, give your id and receive a one day pass. There is no other route to go to get there. It will get muddy but the path is wide enough such that if you position yourself properly you will likely just slip and get dirty as opposed to falling to your death. This is a must do trail here it should be full 5 stars.

Hi Lisa/people who want to do this trail. I live in Hawaii and hike every day I have wanted to do this one but am looking for a group to do this trail at some point. contact justindavidsands@gmail.com

Hiya, I'm an avid hiker, and I would loooove to do this trail with another soul. Anyone down?

15 days ago

Chill trail, good for running on dry days.

Parking:
Park along the western side of Tantalus Drive near the Kalawahine trailhead.

Hike:
From the Kalawahine trailhead, hike 1.2 miles (ignore the two Manoa Cliff Trail forks to the right) until you reach Pauoa Flatts. Take a left and follow along the boardwalk through the forest (ignore the Nu’uanu Trail that forks to the left) until you reach a fork. Take the left fork and continue uphill to Nu’uanu lookout. From the lookout, there are two trails. Take the one to the right to continue to K2.

A short distance along this section the trail forks. The right fork leads to the peak trail; the left fork continues around the west side of the mountain as a cliff trail. I highly recommend the left fork as the peak trail is overgrown and far more physically demanding.

There are some stunning views along the cliff trail: Nu’uanu Lookout, Kapalama Ridge, the Pali Pass, Upper Manoa Valley and far across the Ko’olaus when the skies are clear. You also get an upper-deck view of Lulumahu Falls and a gorgeous two-stage waterfall (which appears to be accessible via a side trail) near the headwaters of Nu’uanu Stream. The top 20% is always sloppy muddy. Near the peak, there are tons of convenient mud ‘stairs’ and deep trail ditches to keep you safe from falls. The view is often socked in by cloud cover, but K2 is a rewarding hike nonetheless.

Duration:
This hike should take between 4.5-5 hours.

Difficulty:
I would put this hike on the lower side of Hard (probably more accurately Upper-Upper Moderate by Oahu standards). The drops as you hug the mountainside are a little intimidating, but not too bad. The climb to the peak is pretty physical, and the span between some ‘stairs’ seems to favor those with longer legs.

Ratings:
Payoff: 7.5/10
Intensity: 9/10
Risk: 7.5/10
Wayfinding: 8/10

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful views and definitely closer to hard on the moderate spectrum but SO WORTH IT. I talked to the police officer that was there who I assumed was watching to catch people trespassing just to make sure I didn’t get detained or anything and he said the land is DLNR owned so out of his jurisdiction to enforce. So if you see state vehicles there I’d just go back another time.

on Aiea Loop Trail

hiking
19 days ago

The views aren’t super fantastic there but it’s a great nature outing nonetheless. The trail itself isn’t difficult it’s just pacing yourself to make sure you make it haha. Lots of species of plants (im a botanist so im biased) to ooh and aah at plus the trail is great for groups and dogs.

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