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I did this hike today on January 22nd 2018. When I went, there was no guard or police officer posted. However, other hikers I saw along the way said there was one when they went by. Anyways this hike took me about 2 hours up and the views were amazing. They’re were rescue helicopters flying around up there and will come very close to the stairs. Make sure to go on a non cloudy day. Otherwise your views will be blocked at the top.

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no shade
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scramble
1 hour ago

I started from the main trail head , up the pillboxes, and continue until I got off the hills next to Kamahele St.

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week and have been doing so for almost 3 years now. Went up 7 of the last 13 days. Had an awesome time out hiking today! I will be going again on Wednesday morning and this weekend Saturday and Sunday. Possibly other weekdays this week 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 (microspikes and gloves) 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 been going every weekend. this past Saturday it was very cloudy and muddy. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this Saturday the 26th the legal backway. In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
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

I was more annoyed at having my pace set by the 8,000 people ahead of me than I was thrilled about the views. There are better less crowded views on the island.

so pretty!!!!! and long!!!

I highly recommend going through and returning the way listed on this map. We parked just down the street at around 4am and easily climbed through the hole in the fence to the right of the main gate.

We made the mistake of returning through the other gate, where we encountered the guard, had to crawl under the gate which was within feet of an angry pit bull, and were bombarded by angry neighbor verbal assaults, video recordings, and threatening up close encounters with the neighborhood dogs. Use the main road it’s way easier.

This is a workout, you will sweat your ass off in the beginning, then freeze up near the top. Bring an extra warm shirt or jacket in case you get too soaked like I did.

We expected mud, but man, it was MUDDY! The reward at the end was well worth it. My 12 year old jumped off of the larger cliff while my 6 year old jumped off of the waterfall. Bring at least a change of shoes and water to wash off with at the car. Took five of us about 1.5 hours going out, 1 hour at the falls, 1.5 coming back, with frequent stops.

Beautiful views. Wear comfy shoes & bring lots of water and sunscreen. The sun is brutal and there is no shade anywhere. Our first time and we saw whales. Awesome experience for our family.

20 hours ago

beautiful hike, so worth the view at the top. easy going and people are friendly.

went on a Sunday it was extremely busy. nice view at the top.

22 hours ago

It was 6.5 miles and takes about 6 hours. When you get to the fork, make a right so that you can climb up the waterfalls. Bring gloves because there’s a lot of rope climbing involved and it gets very muddy. The crater trail doesn’t have much cover so bring sunblock and at least 2 liters of water. Do the full crater hike past the water falls because the views of the entire island are worth it. Otherwise, you’ve wasted a long amount of time just going to the waterfalls. If you start before the sunrise, bring a headlamp because the hike starts with an immediate climb down.

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23 hours ago

This may have been my favorite hike I've done on Oahu so far! It's pretty tough (nearly uphill the entire time, some steep and hot parts at the top) without being dangerous like some of the other ridge hikes. There are people on it without it being overwhelming. And the vegetation changes to the top are fascinating. The view is unbeatable. You are looking down into Waimanalo over to Bellows and Kailua, and you can see south all the way back to Koko and even Diamond Head. It's not an easy hike, but so worth it!

Have to find someplace to park about 1/2 to a mile down the road. Not very many people go so it's not too hard. Pavement walk after you get around fence and then just one decline down with ropes to help to get you to waterfall.... worth the risk and just an easy walk

Like all the other reviews said, be prepared to get muddy. It was very slippery in some areas, so be careful. It took us just under 3 hours out and back at a leisurely pace. It is a well traveled trail so expect to pass people in both directions. Cross the stream at least four times. Beautiful hike. Well worth the mud.

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muddy
rocky
1 day ago

this trail is STEEP, so wear shoes with good tread.
a little muddy in places but not too bad.

i only went to the first peak; unfortunately i didn’t have time for all 3. the view from the top is gorgeous; you can see all of Kailua and then some.

there are ropes, but they are old. if you can, try to freeclimb the rocky parts.

overall, if you are in shape, this is a super fun trail and i will definitely be coming back to it.

if anyone is looking for a hiking partner I would love to go this week (21st-24th). please just email me @ hannahmariermt@gmail.com

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muddy
washed out
1 day ago

Lots of reviews mention that this trail is muddy but I don’t think I was prepared for exactly how muddy it turned out to be. We went the day after some rain and the trail was shoe-sucking muddy from the very beginning until the end. You WILL be caked in it by the time you finish. We had planned to take the loop back to the beginning after the 3rd waterfall but missed it somehow as it was raining and there was very little visibility with the fog/vog. We ended up doing the crater ascent in this and it was pretty unnerving. Everything was incredibly slippery/ impossible to avoid sliding and there was one part in particular that I needed a boost from a military dude behind us to get up because there was literally nothing to grab onto but slick clay. Considering we had no view because of the fog it probably wasn’t worth the ascent but it was too treacherous to turn back. The slow pace caused about 5-9 of us to end up doing it in a group which made everyone feel a lot safer and we had a great time. Overall, didn’t need to do the summit but it definitely made for a very challenging and memorable hike. Planned to take about 4-5 hours with short loop back but it ended up taking us almost 7 with the slow pace. Our watches showed about 7 miles instead of the 5 listed here but with the elevation change it sure felt like more than that.

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rocky
scramble
2 days ago

If there was an extra hard, it would be this Hike. Come ready to rock climb, because there’s a ton. Totally worth it! The view is amazing and the hike is challenging.

absolutely stunning views of oahu at the top. wear a hat. bring water. the sun is hot and unrelenting. the pathway is paved for a little and then becomes uneven rock. i definitely would recommend it to anyone. my handicapped dad didn’t go to the summit but was able to walk up to about 700ft elevation.

It's uphill, but paved so seems more trail than hike to me. Regardless, beautiful views from the top.
Hiking down the "secret" trail to the tide pools definitely increased both the challenge and the adventure.

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scramble
2 days ago

One of my all time favourite hikes. From jungle to clay slopes and steep rocky scrambles, this trail has it all. Amazing views to be well deserved after a challenging climb.

First of all, the parking! Wow!! can't do much about it, but when when you get a spot your good. The trail is paved all the way and you are in a moderate incline. Worth a morning stroll as we were fortunate to see a few whales early noonish!

A beautiful but technical and treacherous hike. We hiked anti clockwise to the third waterfall then took the path to the right to circle around the crater ridge. The path around the crater was extremely muddy and slippery (I fell a few times). The ascent to the peak of the ridge was very steep and some parts were difficult even with assistance ropes (good upper body strength was required). The views of the crater and the beach and buildings were great. Once we completed the crater ridge we descended via a different path (not via the waterfalls). It took us about 8 hours (going at a slow pace). The All Trails app says the hike is 5 miles (including the crater ridge) but my gps watch recorded 7 miles.

If I were to hike this again I would skip the crater ridge as I felt that the effort was not worth the view a second time. Instead, I would take the path to the left at the top of the third waterfall to connect and descend via the non waterfall path.

Tips:
- If you normally wear glasses, wear contacts. My glasses kept steaming up due to the moisture in the air.
- Do not wear quality pants and socks. They will get extremely muddy from the trail, the climbing and where you have to slide down the path because it is too muddy/slippery to walk
- Hiking poles would have helped
- We carried 3L of water per person which was too much. 1.5L would have been enough as the trail was cool (we went in Jan - temperature of Honolulu was 80 Fahrenheit) and the path was well covered (except for the crater ridge)
- Go with a group, on the crater ridge, having a helping hand or a boost up the muddy, steep ascents was very helpful
- Leave a change of clothes and plastic bags for dirty clothes post hike.

Lots of people but well worth it with the views at the top. Plus the bunker walk through is a trip to the past.

Short, paved walkway. Beautiful views at the top. It’s more of a uphill walk than a hike, but certainly still enjoyable.

This’s a decent hike. Way too many people on it trying to catch the Sunset leaving very little Realestate to call your own unless you arrive super early. Head lamp is helpful if you’re going up and it’s still dark outside. After watching the sunset we continued on and around to the other end of the trail. It’s difficult going down and so pray it’s dry or hasn’t rained a few days. The views are beautiful.... But the hike is okay and a decent workout going up and down the trail with decent views.

Upward incline the entire time with some Lookout spots along the way. Some off-paved paths that looked interesting but I wasn't that brave... One wrong foot and you could slip right down the cliffs. Not much to see along the way except cacti and scary spiders in the brush. Once you reach the lookouts to the ocean it's beautiful. Deep blue and you might catch a glimpse of a whale. We saw a little baby one playing in the distance. At one of the whale watch spots there's a steep Rocky trail down to the tide pools. Wanted to do it but it was really windy and we were already pooped as it was our second hike of the day. Heard they are a must see though. Saw tiny people down there floating in them.

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muddy
scramble
4 days ago

steep stairs at the end, quite slippery roots when wet, best when dry conditions. spectacular view from the top! definitely don't bring dogs or young kids

on Kuliouou Ridge Trail

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4 days ago

Pretty ridge hike with amazing vegetation changes. The trail is marked in places where the footpath is unclear by ties on trees or paint. The trail is easy-moderate until you pass the grove of pines and picnic tables. Avoid this hike if it rained-- descending some parts would be dangerous and undoable if slick with mud. Otherwise, this is a safe hike with no treacherous points.

The best part of the hike is the last leg, where the green vegetation, blue sky, and red dirt take on high contrast, psychedelic colors. You'll catch views before and behind you once you reach the top. We completed this hike in about 2.5-3 hours. No crowd on weekdays. Overall a beautiful and rewarding hike.

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