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12 hours ago

So many stairs! But a great view and sense of accomplishment.

2 days ago

We love this hike! We do it whenever we come home. It's not good to do when it's hot and the there's a lot more erosion between the railroad ties than there used to be. The view at the top is pretty and the breeze is relaxing. My kid has been able to do this hike since he was 5.

hiking
3 days ago

Starts just to the right when walking toward Pali Lookout. Don't let the distance and elevation of this hike deceive you into thinking its quick and easy. Its steep with elements of rock climbing mixed in. I would recommend leaving this one alone if it's raining or just rained. That being said, one of the coolest hikes you can do on a nice day!

hiking
3 days ago

Fairly short and quite steep. Great views for a quick hike. You can also follow another trail up the the ridgeline, which makes for even more beautiful views of the leeward side. Careful if it's raining or rain is on the forecast. We had a sunny day, but started to get poured on when at the top and coming down from the ridgeline was one of the more challenging things I've done while hiking.

The scenery on the trail is amazing but be prepared for a lot of hikers. People wearing flip flops should reconsider their footwear so as not to slow others down. Safety is key !

nice hike wentduringa misty rainy day perfect for the look of the mountains very Jurassic like Trail well worth the hike

Followed other hikers past "trail closed" signs. Trail was very muddy and extremely steep. We were only able to succeed by using roots, branches, and webbing/paracord attached to trees. Great views!

Aloha! I do various guided hikes with photos on Oahu. I hike often/weekly. Likely hiking this Tuesday and this weekend. Possibly other days as well. Feel free to check out some examples of photos on my instagram @mike.karas. You can message me there or at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com

If you wanna to see seals-just do it! 3,5 hours total and you will never forget it! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, sunglasses and hat. Don’t forget water, camera and have fun!

hiking
5 days ago

I absolutely loved this hike! Stream crossings, climbing waterfalls with ropes to get to the tallest and most beautiful waterfall I have seen on Oahu. Also, we were the only hikers on the trail so we had the whole place to ourselves!

I have heard that the "hidden" waterfall is usually only a trickle, but yesterday it was going off! I highly recommend doing this hike after it rains or you may be hiking to nothing.

Micro spikes are an absolutely necessity to climb the first major waterfall to get to the "hidden" waterfall. Becareful, take your time, use spikes and you'll be fine. I'm not a fan of heights and I thought it wasn't too bad.

Park at the beach across the street & be courteous to the neighborhood you're walking through.

If there is a flash flood watch or warning I would not attempt - there are some narrow areas that if you had a flash flood you would be in trouble.

Pretty easy hike but very muddy if it’s rained. It was raining today but we still went and it was worth it. Definitely bring water, we forgot to and we’re dying lol

hiking
6 days ago

https://www.noahlangadventures.com/blog/2018/4/8/crouching-lion-to-kahekili-ridge

Everything you need to know about the crouching lion loop over Makaua Falls.

waited all week for a clear day to climb chimney to k1. unfortunately weather wasn't on my side. hiked to notch 1 in the rain and wind. hard hike with the weather but worth it even without the best views.

It is an arduous upward hike but the fellow hikers make it fun.

I’ll climb the stairs Wed, April 11th for the 239th time.

The most recent post on my Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt will give you an idea for an impactful photo perspective.

5 things you should know about the hike:

(1) It is the safest way to reach that elevation on Oahu.

Over the last 70+ years, no one has ever died falling on the stairs*.

(2) There is a ton of trash at the top.

Bring a folded heavy-duty trash bag to help with that.

(3) No matter what, don’t go near homes!

Think: when is the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house!"

Two people have recently been shot on the street by a high powered air rifle fired near the intersection of Kuneki and Makena. That was wrong of the shooter, but also not surprising.

(4) The back way is more dangerous, but worth considering.

Near the base of the stairs, there is one unmarked Honolulu Police Department vehicle roaming to catch hikers.

After the November 12th escape of killer Randall Saito from the mental facility behind the neighborhood, security is on best behavior using off-road vehicles to apprehend hikers.

On a usual morning, a roving HPD officer, a stationary guard and two roving guards secure the area.

The penalty has some variables, but here are the components:

(1) $1,000 fine
(2) Jail, no longer than 6 months. (incarnation is rare)
(3) Legal fees (a defense attorney charges $800 - $1,500 for the case)
(4) Usually 80 hours of community service.
(5) Legal fees for expungement.
(6) Visa/Immigration hurdles
(7) Impact on professional life.
(8) Return travel and accommodations to attend court, community service, etc.

The setback ranges from $3,000 for simple cases, up into the hundreds of thousands over the length of a career for military members reduced in rank, folks who lose their security clearance or a professional license, etc.

Going up the front way, as amazing as it is, is not worth playing Russian roulette with the penalty, so don’t “just risk the ticket”.

Have a plan

Tip:

‘Three routes through the bamboo forest’ would be where I’d be if I were looking to catch you. Just saying.

It's a short but hard hike. It isn't dangerous and a nice hike. Must-do in Oahu.

hiking
12 days ago

Not bad, but crowded and too many people trying to run the trail.

Trail is a “rail road” with washed out sections between ties. Not exactly easy walking when concerned about footing most of the way... probably why it has a Hard rating. Otherwise, not too difficult (my 7yr old daughter made it).

Nice views at the top.

We did the hike on an overcast/misty day. Couldn’t imagine trying this on a sunny day as there is no shade.

Tougher than it looked, worth it tho for the views and breeze at the top.

hiking
12 days ago

Nice hike with a lot of people. But the forest and the fall are very beautiful.

hiking
13 days ago

Did this trail today via Seven Bridges Trail. Becareful this way we ended up getting lost for a good hour to an hour and a half.

Super muddy because of the rain. Yellow bamboo, several stream crossings, climbing boulders. Only climbed the first falls. It wasn't too bad.

Absolutely beautiful! Flat hike with stunning views the entire way! Perfect hike for an overcast day! Please bring a bag with you and pick up a little trash along the way! Always leave a hike cleaner than you found it! I’ll def be back soon!

Hard, but worth it! Some sketchy areas but nothing too bad. Lots of people as well.

Amazing views. Once you get to the top you can hike the ridge trail as well.

I completed this hike solo on 3/28/18. I wore an iWatch and came to the trailhead between 2.5 and 3 miles. For trail runners, the first 2.5 miles are very runnable, with pace slowing at creek crossings and muddy areas. Do not get distracted by ribbons and go off-trail. This is a very clear cut trail without a government issued marker at the trail head. I brought micro spikes that didn't get used, but glad I had them JIC. I did use gloves. And even though it was a hot day, was glad I wore hiking pants to protect my legs from low branches/tall grass. By the time the hike was over, I had drunk every drop of water in my 3 liter camelbak. I was shocked at how many people were starting this hike in the late afternoon. I would bring a headlamp JIC I got off summit late in the day. A final note is that I encountered two mid-size dogs around mile 1 running towards me and barking. They were a surprise, but non-aggressive and kept their distance. I stopped for a few minutes with my head lowered, and was able to slowly walk past them. Here is a link to a post I found helpful when researching this hike http://on-walkabout.net/2018/02/08/best-hikes-oahu-moanalua-middle-ridge-trail-haiku-stairs/

Beautiful hike! We went the day after two sunny days so the path was nice and dry. I would not have made it to the top on a wet slippery day as I am a beginner on this expert coarse. Also I do not recommend going alone. I had watched videos and read blogs prior to going so I was very familiar with the big boulder we were to go past at the beginning of the path. However, when the path ended and the boulder was not in site I questioned whether we took the right way or not. We pushed through anyway and followed others tracks. We eventually did spot the boulder and I knew then that we were on the right path. There are some very scary areas at the top. I had to just trust the rope that lay in its path and took my time. I recommend attaching a gopro helmet or strapping one on your chest. I so wish I would have done this. The park opens at 0700 so I also recommend getting there by 5 or 6. The clouds rolled in by the time we made it to the stairs. Our view was partially obstructed. If I am ever in the area again I will hope for good weather and try again. It was very challenging and in total for two people we carried 5Liters of water. We were not hungry but made ourselves eat halfway up. Sunscreen was a must, we had to reapply. Good hiking shoes, gloves, and spikes for your shoes. Definitely gave me a bit more confidence having them although be warned, a couple that got to the top ahead of us left their spikes and gloves on the ground and climbed down the stairs a bit. When they returned their spikes and gloves had been stolen. HOLD ONTO YOUR STUFF. Even on a big hike like this people can lose things.
This hike is worth your time and energy, it was the highlight of our trip BY FAR. Goodluck to everyone!

Challenging but worth it!

Try going up at night. Take your time remember to bring a good head lamp.At the bridge go another way around it until you come out to the other side. It will be okay and then continue up the stairs. The views at night are spectacular and there was no one on the trail. So if you hate crowds I recommend going at night bring lots of water n food.

Great workout! Lots of people, but everyone was friendly. Bring sunscreen as there is very little shade. Make some time to explore the top... There are a few different views to see! Some of the stairs are awkwardly spaced. I honestly thought it was harder to get down.

Decent hike, very crowded with people, pretty muddy at times. Awesome waterfall halfway up, though. Its roped off but lots of people were swimming in the pool under it. There’s also an option to go up farther past that and thats a bit secluded and much less crowded.

Love love love this trail! The views from the top are amazing and the other hikers are always friendly. Get there early and make sure you leave time to sit up top and enjoy!

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