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Awesome hike. My fave place to come on my day off. Starting off with cardios/breathing and then captured amazing views. Then adventuring to the Summit is the breath-taking, picture capturing moments and great workout accomplished. Coming downhill, “pump your brakes!”

This trail was so much fun! Super muddy and slippery but that’s what spikes are for. The waterfall was RAGING today after a nice rainy weekend. We got to the waterfall around 10am (started hike at 8:30) and had it all to ourselves so definitely try to start early-ish. The swimming hole is cold but so refreshing. Can’t wait to do this one again!!!

will do the stairs tomorrow. if you wanna join me hit me up on insta made86made. see ya :)

Fun and pretty.

Really pretty hike and it’s super short. I was up and back in about 30 minutes. I will say it’s really busy, I would go around 7 or 8 am. I went both times at 9-10 am and it was packed. The falls are breath taking!

fun hike with a little rock hopping

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Went last week 3 times. 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.

Gday... looking for hiking mates...

Looking for happy peeps for this hike and Haiku stairway to heaven climb from Nov 21 to 24th..

Have an awesome one.
andre.l.frappier8@gmail.com.

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1 day ago

11/18/2018-Arrived at the guard station around 0745 (driver needs to have HI state ID, driver and passengers have to sign a waiver, and there are only 10 stalls for hikers; we were #5) and per guard, stalls on the weekends are usually gone by 0830. Trail was initially flat with some mud but then becomes more like a roller coaster with lots of small ridges to climb. The trail does become rather narrow at some points and you’ll have to weave through mini-ravine (you’ll be surrounded by 6’+ walls of dirt on either side) and if it’s wet then you’ll end up with mud on all sides of your legs. Stairs to the top was pretty taxing (I can see why it’s rated as hard) but the view was nice!

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, today for the 301st time. I’m stoked!

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!

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

sad that the lighthouse is closed. nice paved road, decent workout. no whales yet

This was my first hike in years, we took our Cub Scouts. Not hard but the incline, traffic and terrain made in a bit challenging for this out of shape mommy. But we made it to the top! It’s a nice challenge and the kids loved it!

My favorite hike but a challenging hike. Anywhere from a 3 to 6 hr adventure depending how many waterfalls you cross. Most will do all 3 waterfalls but not the ascending ridge to the summit. The ridge should only to taken on drier days because the last 1/4 mile is dirt and becomes muddy on the wetter days and at the most 3ft. wide with steep cliff on both sides dropping down as far as 200ft. (2 women has fallen to their deaths within the last 5years) So be careful.

If this will be your first time on this trial you should be accompanied by an experienced hiker of this trail. Have at least a liter of water per person and some snacks because it will be awhile before you encounter civilization again. You will be utilizing every muscle in your body on this trail so be physically and mentally prepared.

Safe journeys to all.

Hiking on O'ahu can be fun as long as you come prepared before your hike. Here are a list of suggestions and things to do before your hike.

-Hydrate 16 oz to a liter an hour before a hike
-Hiking shoes is best for this trail, you have been warned, lol!!!
-5 mile + hike, a 3 liter bladder might be a good idea (mix it up with performance flavor water)
-Plan ahead by knowing the weather
-Bring body lotion for thigh chafing
-POWER Pack battery
-Cell ph cord
-Cellphone
-Headlight (just in case) keep your hands free hiking at night
-Watch (know how long it took to reach your destination)
-Find out when the sun sets (don't get caught hiking back in the dark, I can tell you countless stories of tourist and locals stranded in the dark with tons of mosquitos)
-Pack SPAM musubi and snacks (you’re burning a lot of energy)
-Portable water purifier pump (no need to bring extra water)
-Know where water sources are
-Pocket knife
-Be courteous to other hikers
-Bring along some Aleve just in case your knees starts to ache
-Blister free crew socks or mole skin patch
-Take a buddy on a hike, aka buddy system
-Finally tell a friend where you are hiking and when you expect to finish the hike (keep in touch by text is best due to low cell signal)
-Placing your cell in airplane mode might be a good idea to save battery. On the other hand, if your hiking alone and you fall off the edge the authorities cannot GPS your location.
-Keep your hiking pack as light as possible. The added weight plus Hawaiian heat and rugged terrain will make this hike miserable. Unless your one of those crossfit buff person who luvs to burn those calories then keep that pack heavy.
-Hiking shoes is best for this trail, you have been warned, lol!!!
-Yard work gloves or Mt. rappel gloves
-High top socks or long pants to keep your sexy legs scare free
-Crampons—during poor trail conditions (muddy and slippery)
-“Leave No Trace” rule
-Hiking Trail Manner: when your hiking down a trail, stop and give way to the person hiking upward. Show some ALOHA :-)

I went up recently "the legal backway", it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Going up either tomorrow 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

Easy hike, but the humidity in there is something else! My shirt was soaked before I even got to the waterfall.
Not the most impressive waterfall but the forest leading up to the waterfall is stunning

Amazing 360 views of the city and the ocean! Not the hardest hike by any means, but the views over the city are picture perfect !

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4 days ago

Easy hike. Very busy.

Nice and easy hike with the gorgeous view from the top.

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5 days ago

Sorry, Colorado, this is my favorite hike that I’ve ever done. And one of the hardest. There are quite a few rope sections that require a fair amount of skill. But the views are totally worth it. We didn’t hike to the second or third peak but that was because we were told the first peak had the best views and we were pretty exhausted by the time we got there.

You can park on the side of Auloa road and walk to the trailhead past the guardpost for the golf club. (Just make sure not to park on the sidewalk at all! I got a 35$ ticket for my front wheel being on the sidewalk). Be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots - the trails are extremely muddy which makes it fun but not tennis shoe friendly. And bring some sandals to put on after - you’ll thank me later.

We went up today the 7th time the illegal way and had super nice conditions. if anyone needs advise about the entrance and direction and all this stuff contact me on insta made86made - enjoy guys!

Easy hike, suitable for all ages. The only downside is it's crowded.

The hike is on private property. You need a permit from the Hawaii Reserves office, which is on the way to the hike in the same building as Foodland, within minutes of the trailhead. The permits are free and good for four months. The whole process took about five minutes. (I don’t know if the need for a permit is enforced or not, but I support doing what is needed to keep private lands open to the public).

This was a mediocre hike at best. The elevation gain was slow and easy, but it’s horribly muddy (shoe sucking) and slippery for at least 2/3 of the way. I wouldn’t do this hike in bad weather, as most of the trail will be a creek. There are some fun spots—there are beautiful views in a few pockets, I loved the segment through the Cook Pines, and I always love a Hawaii hike that requires ropes. The falls were also lovely, but we didn’t swim due to the risk of leptospirosis in Hawaiian fresh waters (http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/leptospirosis/#risk_in_hawaii).

Would I do it again? Probably not. I’ve done many far better hikes on Oahu. But it was a decent way to kill some time, get some exercise, and see a part of Oahu that I’ve not experienced.

Hiked November 2018.
This trail is the best one I’ve hiked this far....for the dogs. It was well shaded the entire way and even had a few fresh water run offs for them to drink. I really enjoyed the view and the finale at the end.
Definitely worth repeating.

It’s pretty fun, and the falls is worth the trip. A couple beautiful spots for photos along the way. It’s totally muddy, but so is everything!!!!

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

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