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Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Hiked three times last week. Hiked today and will be hiking this upcoming weekend Dec 15/16. 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.

I’ve hiked the Moanalua valley trail a few times now to the top of the stairs, I try to do it once a month if time permits. If you don’t have crampons I’d suggest getting them for the more rainy days. I’ll be doing this hike again the week of Christmas. My favorite view and hike on the island

hello my name is maximilian, I'll be heading up to the stairs on Monday early morning 12/17/18 if anyone would like to join. I live on island and have never tried heading up the back side to the stairs if anyone is interested in tagging along dont hesitate to direct message me on Instagram (:
@m.aa.x.x

I went the other day, it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Going up this Sunday the 16th. 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.

I will climb the Stairway to Heaven with some others on Saturday the 15th for the 308th time. “Haʻikū Stairs v.308”. I can’t wait! :)

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

amazing beach, absolutely worth it

very nice hike, the hike keeps on giving with the bamboo forest and waterfall at the end

Trying to do this hike on Monday December 10th if anyone is planning on going. As of now I’m going alone going to start around 7am

hiking
4 days ago

A stunning hike. Parking is $25 (credit card only) but that buys you a three day pass to Haleakalā National Park, including the summit. If you have a National park pass or military ID, bring it for free admission. We arrived by around 12:00 and seemed to have beaten the crowd. The lot was packed by the time we were heading out, and the trail seemed to be getting pretty congested on the way down. After passing one dry waterfall half way in, we were worried that the higher falls would be dry also. They were not. Keep going — it’s worth it.

Tried going today (12/7) and the entrance gate is locked. Heard of others hopping the fence to go out but did not attempt.

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Hiked today and will be going again this weekend on Sunday as the weather for Saturday does not look good. I will also be going next weekend Dec 15/16 and possibly during the week as well. 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.

Awesome hike. We did all three peaks and it took us 5 hours. It was very difficult but worth it. We are in our 50’s and in good shape. No parking near the trail. We have hiked Alaska, Utah, Washington and this ranks way up there with our favorite. It was a little like Hawaii’s Angeles landing.

Excellent trail to see the haiku stairs. I ended up being more impressed by the trail than the stairs themselves. Weather was a bit intermittent through the passes but with spikes it was fine. I did see some people on the trail in regular runners but I would not recommend it.

I’m afraid of heights, so it was slightly challenging to get to the top of the second peak. I decided to skip the third entirely because of my fear. If you’re an avid hiker I’d give it a 6/10 difficulty the rocks made for easy stepping points up. If you’re inexperienced, proceed with caution.. climbing is fun and amazing, but you need to be careful of your footing and be aware where it is slippery. With that being said, some thoughtful hikers just put some new ropes up, I didn’t need them but they are great tools if you don’t hike much. I had a great time and the views were AMAZING! 10/10 will go back for the third peak.

A group of 3 (relatively fit) looking to join someone that is a little more experienced! Hoping to attempt this between the 8th to 12th of December. @jaasoonl is my instagram!

Hi, we are looking for someone who has already done this hike before to do it with us tomorrow...
Thanks

Challenging, fun. Some rope sections that don’t require climbing experience but some upper body strength.

very easy hike. dog, family, and kid friendly.

hiking
10 days ago

Also known as Three Peaks. I recommend bringing a friend if going past the first peak for safety. There is rope to help descend down and to get back up the back of the second peak. Fun hike but a little dangerous past the first peak. Third peak is also difficult but is my favorite spot for pictures on this hike.

Lots of fun with some great views. But beware of this trail can become extremely slippery if it has rained. The trail was muddy and it had not rained in two days.

Hiked all 3 peaks dec 1. First 45/60 min was very muddy with very slippery mud. Recent rain. If you can make the 1st peak, the 2nd shouldn’t be an issue. The 3rd is extremely visually intimidating from the 2nd. If you commit to the 3rd, the first descent to it from the 2nd looks sketchy/challenging and straight up scary. The going down part is the trickiest. The actual climb up the 3rd is not as bad as it appears from the 2nd peak. If fear of heights come into play or it’s extremely windy, I’d say stop at the 1st peak. Also, this took me 5.25 hours and I did empty my bag (as did many others) to continue to the 3rd. ALSO. If you have a drone, i couldn’t launch due to mag interference on the top of all 3 peaks. I have Mavic pro and carried it the entire climb for nothing. Perhaps launch from lower altitude??? Be safe !

Will be in Oahu for 4 more days. Had my companion from Germany, but she left a few hours ago, if anyones down to meet up, dm me @joshuavillegas_

*if anyone has a mavic air charger please message me!!”

Trail has awesome vieles, the swamp is so beautiful, very unique. Trail is very muddy, put on good shoes.

hiking
13 days ago

This hike was tough because of how slippery and muddy it was. The weather in the winter is just unpredictable but it was simply epic... go to the end, even if it’s a bit scary.

Wear hiking shoes or trail runners ... some people were wearing crappy running shoes and were sliding all over. One couple was barefoot and that seemed way better than bad shoes.

But the view from the edge is insane. The clouds would roll in for a few minutes and then open up to see the Napali Coast.

We really wanted to do the Kalalau trail but it’s closed. This was the next best for sure!

I’ll be here 12/16-12/22!! If you’ll be around and want to do this trail/want to link up/have other recommendations message me!

Instagram: @alexalbertine

Thinking of doing a sunrise hike this Saturday. If anyone is interested in tagging along text me 909 843 5500

May 2018- such a unique, otherworldly hike. We started at 730 AM and it took us just under 5.5 hours total. It was pretty muddy in sections. Some of the boardwalk section was damaged so definitely wear good hiking shoes. We saw nothing but fog at the end, but it was still 100% worth it! A must do.

Can be tricky in some parts but we saw children and adults in sandals completing the hike-take your time and you should be ok. Really enjoyed it! That being said, if it had been raining I would have avoided this hike that day.

Did this hike for the second time last Tuesday. Great hike for sure. I’ve done it alone both times and wasn’t worried about safety on either one, in case anyone out there is thinking of doing it alone. Only danger you may face is that the wind can get VERY strong towards the summit where the trail is narrow. Happened to me and I just lowered my center of gravity and moved slow and all went well. After the service road ends, it is just constant uphill climb to the summit. Couple roped sections that are pretty steep but not bad at all as long as it isn’t super wet. I don’t recommend hiking this shortly after a rain. When I went it was quite dry, but can certainly be muddy if a recent rain came through as it was the first time I did this. Views are amazing all the way up and even better at the summit. I wore old tennis shoes (terrible traction) and had very few problems with traction so as long as you’re relatively well balanced, you should be fine as well. MAKE SURE YOU DON’T ASCEND THE WRONG RIDGE: at the end of the service road, the trail very obviously slips into the woods. Less than 100 yards into the forest, there is a trail to the right. TAKE THAT TRAIL. Continue straight and you begin to hike up the wrong ridge line. Learn from my mistakes. Highly recommend this hike for a solid workout and great views. Took me 5.5 hours with occasional short breaks and 30 minute lunch break at the summit. If you’re lucky, you might even see some wildlife like a Chameleon or field mouse as I did.

Aloha, I am on Oahu 12/06 - 12/16.

Let me know if you want to hike this (legally) with me!

Instagram: jamesperriman
Email: jperriman@hotmail.co.uk

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