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Aloha! I will be hiking tomorrow(Saturday) and possibly Sunday too. Went 11 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.

rock climbing
17 hours ago

Holy moly!!!! i hike a fair bit and this was one of the hardest trails I've ever done. I think a large part of it was that it had been rainy the few days before so the trail was as muddy and slippery as all get out. With that said, if it hadn't been as slippery this probably would have been a bit easier, but it's still a solid, hard workout. Would have loved to hike it in better conditions, but we didn't have too much time on Oahu and I really wanted to check it out. About 8 rope climbs to the summit of the first peak, none are too bad until the last rope climb where it's a vertical rock wall lol. Still not that bad if you have shoes with good grip and some body strength. We didn't have time to go to the 2nd (or 3rd?! probabaly wouldn't have even done that if we had time) because we had a flight to catch at 11 am that day, but took us about 3 hours RT to summit the 1st peak - that includes time we took to stare at the amazing views from the top and take some pics. The 3rd peak was almost in clouds, views were still cool, but would def suggest hiking on a day with ZERO chance of rain or clouds (if thats even possible in Oahu). enjoy!!!

I went up the other day "the legal backway", it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Thinking of going up this weekend. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com Make sure to bring plenty of water and food and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top

hiking
3 days ago

Super hard, but worth the rewarding view!

Aloha! My partner and I are looking to do this hike on either the 27/28 Sept.

Reading up on the reviews it does look as if the 'legal' trail is far more dangerous than doing the stairs itself. We are visiting from Australia and was wondering if anyone would care to join?

Shoot me an email at m.dionisio04@gmail.com

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 286th 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

Aloha! I will be hiking Wednesday and this weekend. Possibly Thursday or Friday too. Went 9 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.

We did this last September and I forgot to write a review! We really enjoyed this hike, and braved climbing the falls, even though we were JELLY by the top. This was the first time I've ever climbed anything like that, and it was scary going up; a bit easier coming down. The views at the top were just gorgeous, and we saw lots of little critters!

AMAZING HIKE! I would totally recommend this hike to anyone who isn’t afraid of heights and is in decent shape. Went to all three peaks. The first peak has amazing views and the next two peaks are just a fun adventure!

I'll gonna go tomorrow
I'm not sure if I go at night like 3-4am to catch up the sunrise or at daylight.

It's my first time to go at haiku and I got some instructions with 2 different opportunity to not gettin caught.

If smn wants to join
just pm me on instagram : simonmatthewss

Aloha! I will be hiking tomorrow. Possibly Sunday too. Went 7 times the last two 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 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.

Hey guys, my husband Joe and I are planning on doing the hike Thursday or Friday (Sept. 12 - 13) ..reach out to me on IG if your interested in joining it would be awesome to get a small group together

IG: missalissssss

Muddy the entire way up which makes it super slippery, a fun hike though. Weather changes pretty fast, it was too foggy at the top to see the peak or sea level.

hiking
12 days ago

I absolutely loved this hike. Definitely challenges your endurance of elevation. I only did the first peak, but it was tolerable and not too difficult (granted it wasn’t too muddy).

hiking
13 days ago

5.5 miles, hit all three peaks. 08 Sep 2018, perfect weather. Out and back took about 4-5 hours.

First third is arguably the hardest. It takes a while to get up to the first peak. Fair amount of mud and flies until I got up to about 500 ft. From there, the incline increases rapidly. I would agree with some of the other reviews saying that the best view is from the first peak.

The route from the first peak to the second is probably the easiest, although it is a very narrow trail. The beginning from the 2nd peak to the 3rd is a bit harrowing, though. I wasn't sure if I'd be comfortably with it at first, as it is literally just a couple of ropes hanging over the side of a cliff. After checking it out, though, it really is NOT as bad as it initially seems. The climb down from this is the longest rope section. I'd estimate it to be about 50-100 ft. For most of the other rope sections, I would not say they are necessary, but can be convenient. It is incredibly difficult to scale this part without using the ropes, though. It isn't a sheer cliff, but it is close.

The 3rd peak requires a bit more rock climbing, but at no point did I ever feel in too much danger or at risk. Wearing appropriate hiking shoes and keeping aware of your surroundings is really the most important thing...I'm by no means a professional hiker, but I was able to get along just fine.

Awesome trail. There and back with a few side trails to diversify. They call the trail 'primitive' as there are some overgrown spots and steep trackside drop offs. We took the main trail out and hit Chave and Gaskill side trails on the way back. Clocked in about 21 miles and 8 miles at a brisk hike rate with a few snack stops.

on Beaver Brook Trail

hiking
16 days ago

Varied terrain and deep enough in the canyons to block the traffic noise and visual pollution.

My favorite hike on Oahu. Amazing views from peak 1. Peak 2 and 3 are really sketchy in places.

Beautiful hike!

19 days ago

I am 5'3" and I would say I am in pretty good shape, I loved this trail! it had just rained when my dad and I hiked it so it was a bit muddy in spots and some of the tree roots were a bit slippy but if you take your time and step carefully it isn't a huge problem. The biggest difficulty I had was the last rock climb before the summit because I am shorter than most but I was able to get through it without too much trouble. The view was fantastic and worth the climb! I would definitely recommend this trail to any experienced hikers who were visiting Hawaii!

Anyone hiking Friday August 31st contact me on IG at jenali29 thank you

Aloha! Hiked last week and weekend. Hiking today, this weekend, and possibly other days 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 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.

We hiked the Stairs about a year ago. New to All Trails so I figured I would do a mini review now. We started at 4am and went through he main gate. Loved every minute of it. From driving in with the lights off to sneaking around the gate and past the guard. We hiked through a rain and windstorm but made it up and down in about 4.5hrs or so. That was taking our time at the top and each platform to rest for a minute and take pictures.I'll try and load some of pictures on here later today.

Anybody experienced going the 30 or 31 of August? HMU please lol

hiking
24 days ago

-Weather-
The conditions were perfect: sunny, hot, clear sky, and most importantly DRY. The allowed me and my new friends to make very good time up to the first peak (about a 20 min pace). We consumed quite a bit of water though so make sure you bring some!

-Difficulty-
I am 5'8'', weigh 135 lbs and am in relatively good shape overall which gave me the stamina I needed to keep the above mentioned pace and have some in the tank at the top of peak 2. I am also a beginner hiker. This was by far the most strenuous trail I have ever done!

The first half to 3/4 up to peak 1 was not too bad. It starts very mellow with little major grade changes but as you get about 1.5 miles in, you will be pressing on your legs to help get you up the man-made steps in between the roots of the surrounding trees. This is also where the ropes come in. There are about 5-8 I think to get to peak 1. There were only a couple sketchy/narrow climbs to get up to the peak.

From peak 1 to 2, the descents are really the worst parts but you have plenty of width. I honestly felt pretty safe (but also staying cogniscent of how dangerous a fall could be). Seriously though, do NOT be careless when traversing these peaks. There is not a crazy amount of room to mess up and be okay. Just be careful if you are a beginner and this is your first major hike. There is one pretty long ascent up at the end of peak 2 but I didn't need the rope as the rock faces were almost steps. It was really fun running up that last bit in my opinion.

To peak 3: So I only went most of the way down the long scary looking rope that starts the descent down to peak 3. My group and I decided not to do peak 3 for a multitude of reasons. One, one of our members was heavy, inexperienced, and tired and we didnt want to leave him behind. Two, the rest of us were starting to get tired as well and were low on water and food. If you are going to do peak 3 I recommend that you are nowhere near exhaustion. I cannot atest to the exact difficulty but I know that there are plenty of ropes (a horizontal one a guess which seemed nuts!!) and plenty of narrow elevation. In dry conditions these are all most likely very achievable but consider the way back. When you are fatigued, you make mistakes and can easily trip. When you have a steep droff off into......nothing.....seriously falling off a cliff, its not worth it to push yourself that much.

-Views-
The best views of any trail I did while here. You could see everything!! From the clear beaches of Kailua and south towards Waimanalo. It is breathtaking and at the same time extremely humbling. For me, I live for this stuff as I am sure you the reader does too! I felt very at peace up there.

Be safe my fellow travelers!

hiking
25 days ago

we loved this trail, absolutely NOT for beginners. Especially right now after hurricane Lane, everything is still wet. Although it's almost guaranteed that you'll get hit with rain a few times on this trail. highly recommend if you do this trail to do so in a group. Map, directions, and parking instructions were perfect and we did not receive any parking ticket for parking on the shoulder.

rock climbing
26 days ago

First half hour of the hike is easy but very muddy if you go on a rainy day, which makes it slippery. It doesn’t seem too scary until you climb up the rock wall close to the top of the first peak (~1.5 hours in). That’s when you realize how far the drop is on both sides! Went a little farther until I turned around at the part where you scale a rock wall with a 2 foot wide pathway. Seemed doable but just wasn’t worth the risk. This is not for anyone scared of heights!

My favorite Rocky Mountain National Park hiking destination by far! Exceptional views throughout the hike.

Aloha! Hiked Friday and Sunday. Hiking again Tuesday and this upcoming weekend. Possibly other weekdays too. 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 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.

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