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Awesome hike. My fave place to come on my day off. Starting off with cardios/breathing and then captured amazing views. Then adventuring to the Summit is the breath-taking, picture capturing moments and great workout accomplished. Coming downhill, “pump your brakes!”

This trail was so much fun! Super muddy and slippery but that’s what spikes are for. The waterfall was RAGING today after a nice rainy weekend. We got to the waterfall around 10am (started hike at 8:30) and had it all to ourselves so definitely try to start early-ish. The swimming hole is cold but so refreshing. Can’t wait to do this one again!!!

Fun and pretty.

Fantastic view. Tough stairclimber hike. Don’t give up. It’s worth the sense of accomplishment.

Really pretty hike and it’s super short. I was up and back in about 30 minutes. I will say it’s really busy, I would go around 7 or 8 am. I went both times at 9-10 am and it was packed. The falls are breath taking!

21 hours ago

Great way to start the day.

Steep hill rocky path
Getting to the top was hard
But #insta worthy

Great family hike!!!

1 day ago

Amazing views, very difficult. Challenging “steps” of varying size and height, super steep. One slightly scary bit where you walk on RR ties with nothing under you if you misstep. You will feel like you did something and earned your dessert!

Easy hike with nice views: Kahana Bay, ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Gonna bring the drone next time

Gday... looking for hiking mates...

Looking for happy peeps for this hike and Haiku stairway to heaven climb from Nov 21 to 24th..

Have an awesome one.

It’s easy, but beautiful scenery is waiting for you. You can go take a child. It was muddy when I went. The scenery is waiting if you are careful.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, today for the 301st time. 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!


sad that the lighthouse is closed. nice paved road, decent workout. no whales yet

2 days ago

Also check out Pupukea-Paumalu track to connect up with this hike. The upper Paumalu-Pupukea segment is much nicer ( and drier) than the lower sections or in the valley ( Lilikoi Section is a mud fest).

This was my first hike in years, we took our Cub Scouts. Not hard but the incline, traffic and terrain made in a bit challenging for this out of shape mommy. But we made it to the top! It’s a nice challenge and the kids loved it!

2 days ago

Gorgeous views!

harder than it look but awesome view of the city

So beautiful! Me and my family went there today. Very confusing at first to find where to start the trail . But once you find it there are pink/orange tape markers to guide your way. Very muddy and some parts a little difficult to navigate. The terrain is rocky/muddy. Wear waterproof boots. You have to cross the stream multiple times before you get to the falls. There are multiple routes that you’ll see as you’re hiking the trail. For instance on the way up we took one route and coming down we took an easier way. The falls are beautiful. I highly recommend this trail! Happy hiking!

Great hike to get your heart rate up and sweat a little. Slight rain slowed us down a bit. But we powered thru it

Easy hike, but the humidity in there is something else! My shirt was soaked before I even got to the waterfall.
Not the most impressive waterfall but the forest leading up to the waterfall is stunning

Amazing 360 views of the city and the ocean! Not the hardest hike by any means, but the views over the city are picture perfect !

Beautiful views the whole way. Will do this one again!

4 days ago

Easy hike. Very busy.

Nice and easy hike with the gorgeous view from the top.

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.

Easy hike, suitable for all ages. The only downside is it's crowded.

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!

Hiked November 2018.
This trail is the best one I’ve hiked this far....for the dogs. It was well shaded the entire way and even had a few fresh water run offs for them to drink. I really enjoyed the view and the finale at the end.
Definitely worth repeating.

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