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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 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

Great information on this thread. Thank you to everyone.

I will be in Oahu from Nov17-20 and would appreciate if an experienced hike would like to show the way.

I have homes and rock climbed most of my life. This is the only thing on my bucket list ( I don't believe in having bucket lists- just do it! - lol)

my name is Matt and I can be reached at matt99walker@hotmail.com or Instagram : matt99walker.
Aloha!

amazing hike!

hiking
23 hours ago

Very good hike, pretty vertical and the railroad ties and worn and slick when wet. Try to step between the ties. Great views from the top.

my friend and I want to do either way up this monday. we are both good hikers. is anyone that has done this before willing to come up again.

If you don't hike often, PLEASE warm up and stretch before you attempt Kokohead! My friend and I were pretty out of shape when we did Kokohead and for 3 days we couldn't go up or down slopes and stairs without excruciating pain, which really sucked because the pain affected all the other hikes we had planned for our short stay in Hawaii. So don't make the same mistake we did!

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!!!!

This hike is amazing and will test you! I’m a ex football player currently in the military. I would like to see them replace some of the ropes that are used to climb some of the steeper inclines. For example, some of the ropes were too thin to grab without cutting the circulation out of my hand. However where the ropes are that thin. You might not even need to use them, depending on your shape and physical ability. I will suggest getting the spikes for your shoes. If not you will slip all over the ridges, some areas are challenging due the the wind, amount of space to maneuver, and mud. There also multiple streams that you will have to cross that you will not be able to avoid getting your shoes wet. Suggest bringing an extra pair of socks and shoes. Other than that the panoramic view was defiantly something to write home about. Bring a jacket if your an islander and acclimated to the tropical environment. I was cold after I stopped moving at the top but hikers from colder environments were shirtless. I will suggest this hike to everyone, but go with someone who has been, if you are looking to go anytime soon just shoot me a comment on this thread.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 300th time. It will be a special anniversary climb. 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

New to hiking??? Know this rule. When hiking down and you see a hiker coming up, stop and give right of way. That hiker coming up is not looking up but looking down at his footing where to step. That person will not know your heading down until your a few steps away, unless your one of those hikers who has a boom box speaker disrupting the peaceful natural nature sounds. When in Hawaii, LIVE ALOHA!!

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 300th time. It will be a special anniversary climb. I’m stoked!

A little compare and contrast:

Kokohead Crater Trail carries more of an in-moment thigh burn than the Haʻikū Stairs, partly because the hand railing on the stairs enable you to disperse the work between arms and legs.

The post-hike soreness between the two hikes is about the same.

If you were able to walk (rather than crawl) across the ‘bridge’ on Kokohead, then you are prepared to enjoy the sense of elevation on the Haʻikū Stairs.

Kokohead is more dry, the stairs are more lush.

Kokohead is a great high, but second to the Stairway to Heaven.

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.)

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

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

Very tough but good workout. Bring water!
Rail ties are worn out throughout trail so have a good balance coming down.

hiking
3 days ago

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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.

Aloha,
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?

Hike was awesome but when I finished the cops were given out citations at the trailhead said it was illegal and off limits.

I loved this hike! Definitely bring shoes that u dont care for since it will get super muddy. Bring bug spray because there are LOTS of bugs. I got bit everywhere. I’d recommend starting the hike around noon or early afternoon the latest. Make sure u dont stay there when it gets dark because it’s easy to get lost. The waterfall is nice and there’s an area you can jump from. Also, make sure you bring covers for your car and/or extra clothes so you dont get your car ruined or muddy.

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

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

Fantastic views. Light showers the day we went so definitely slippery/precarious in spots. Cooled you off though! Rehydrated and rested at the second pillbox for a while to enjoy the amazing views and breezes.

Saw some parents bringing their toddlers, which definitely made me a bit anxious on their behalf.

As others have noted, the ridge does have some drop offs, can get super slippery/muddy when it rains and has ropes in spots to help you climb up. A couple of the ropes look like they’re on their last threads though so test before putting all your weight on those.

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

the trail itself was very difficult to find and it was quite apparent that many hikers found different ways to get to the falls which were well worth it!

Absolutely amazing views. Don’t let the stairs scare you. They will burn. You may cry (I was about to...) but the views at the end make every minute worth it. Take breaks know your limits and good luck!!!

Not an easy feat....as a rookie hiker I was moved to tears at the amazing view and at the overwhelming pride in my accomplishment.
Don’t quit!! It’s worth it

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 :)

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

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