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While on Vacation decided to go check this hike out. At first it was scary to go on this hike seeing evidence of how some people didn’t make it back... This hike is not easy to go up and down but it’s all worth it! The views on the top is Amazing! Going down had to mostly crawl down and hold on to the ropes... If I have to do it again? Definitely I will!!!

It’s good to see, but it’s overly crowded and difficult to get a good pace going when your in a “Congo line” going up the whole trail. It’s also hard to get a picture without getting some randos in it

Pretty disappointing to be honest. Sure it has nice views at the end, but these views can be found at most summit or ridge trails on Oahu. This was most certainly more of a trail or nature walk vs a hike. Not hard at all, just hot and exposed. We arrived at about 8am and there were already droves of people walking up and down. There was a wait for any view as people were taking turns with pictures. I would recommend taking the steep set of stairs immediately to the right after you exit the first tunnel. It's not much of an effort and gets you straight to the first observation deck which isn't as busy and has almost just as nice views as the very top one immediately above you. Nice for families or just people who was a quick walk to a view and don't mind TONS of people. For any hiker or someone who wants a bit of solitude, this is not for you.

Heard lots of island chatter about this hike and decided to conquer it. The trail head is very close to the K-hwy and there are 3 entrances, take the one to the far left.
It was dry when completed but if rainy and wet it would be much tougher. There are a few ropes and straps on the tougher incline spots, but very frayed and thin, so be wise.
The views atop are amazing and there is direct evidence that the cliffs are no joke. Tread carefully!

Aloha! I will be hiking weekend. Possibly Thursday or Friday too. Went 10 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I've done this hike likely more than anyone else on the island. 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.

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.

1 day ago

I do this hike regurlarly and constantly see people who shouldn't be on this trail. give aways:

1.) Wrong shoes: you really need something with grip. If you want to hike in Hawaii, invest in a good pair of hiking shows. the situation can quickly become hazardous if you are wearing flip flops, running shoes with worn grip, etc.

2.) This shouldn't be your first Hawaii hike. I've seen people on this trail, nearly each time, who are clearly terrified yet soldier on. There is no point in being a superstar on Hawaii trails. If you can't handle it, turn around. Dont put yourself or others at risk.

3.) Don't put all of your weight on the ropes.

And lastly:

4.) Know something about this area before you go. It was the site of the final stages of the Nuuanu Pali battle. 800 people perished on these cliffs. This is a sacred place. Take your trash home with you.

Very easy walk but uphill the whole way. Gorgeous views the entire time! Paved and perfect for families (lots of pregnant ladies walking it :) ). Definitely worth a visit!

Nice short hike with some great views at the end. Recommend walking in and paying the $1. Can be pretty warm in areas where the breeze is blocked, so make sure you have water with. I must have hit it at a light time, I really didnt have to deal with that many people on the way up or at the top.

Crowded, but pretty easy of a hike. Great views. You can drink out of a pineapple when your done. Easily accessible by the bus.

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

Flat easy trail with amazing coastal views the entire way! Once you reach the point at the end there's a fence you pass and a sanctuary full of birds.

We parked at the beach near the trail road, I heard there have been break ins so keep your valuables on you.

Very beautiful hike, make sure bring plenty of water and snack. There are no shades. There is no parking. I parked in close by beach and walked from there. It is very busy and straight forward trail once’s you find it.
Enjoy.

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

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2 days ago

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.

Very heavy traffic the entire time. Do it once to check the box.

was a nice trail! breathtaking view...

So much fun and a great view! Be careful not to go right after a rainstorm, the trail definitely gets muddy.

Very crowded especially at the top but good for a big group with people at all different levels

Easy trail. Gets hot and a little crowded but nice views.

Very steep, unmarked trail with several branching paths. Easy to get lost on the way down. Very hot and slippery on dry days on the large rock slabs with fine gravel and sand on them. I have not been since August 2017 and don’t know what maintenance they have done since then. The hike itself was not pleasant but the views are spectacular and memorable. Wear hiking boots or trail shoes.

This was such an amazing hike, we went the wrong way, ended up going down the waterfalls instead of up. So happy there were ropes and vines to hold onto. It was very muddy, but well worth it!

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5 days ago

I will be on Oahu from Maui the first week of november. I will be hiking the pali notches and others. dm me on instagram if you would like to link up. find me under matthew kmak or mtheorydrums@gmail.com

Did it on sep 12, such a beautiful hike. It was super windy but view from the top was amazing. 5 Dollar only cash feee for car and 1$ if you are walking in. Make sure bring water and also wear proper gear. Short and beautiful view along the way.
Enjoy and happy hiking.

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5 days ago

Did this hike on September 13, it is very beautiful hike but little muddy and you have to use the ropes which are placed by some hikers there. At some parts There is trail which goes below and much safer then the walking close to the edge. Took us 25 minutes to get there and 20 min too get down and we are regular hikers. Views are very pretty from the top. If you are scared of Hights don’t do this. It can be really dangerous. Beautiful view along the way.
Love Hawaii...
Happy hiking and stay safe

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

Favorite hike on the island with some crazy beautiful views. However, be wary if it had rained the day prior. It can get dangerously slippery.

The pathway has very unique features to the point where it’s worth dealing with the large crowds.

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.

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