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I went the other day, it got pretty muddy and wet towards the top. If you have crampons that will help. I'm going up the "back way" this Sunday the 19th. if you'd like to join send me a message on instagram @angelo_q. Make sure to bring food and water and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top.

Hiked 8/12. Challenging but enjoyable hike. Agree with earlier reviews…wear pants! It’s extremely overgrown most of the way. I also stopped at the 3.5 mile peak due to heavy cloud cover and fog. The risk wasn’t worth the gain to fight my way the additional quarter mile to the Lanipo peak. That portion of the trail is basically non existent. Plenty of flowers and creepy crawlers to check out along the way.

Aloha! Hiking tomorrow(Monday), possibly other days this week, and this weekend for sure as well. 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 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.

8/12/2018-Started at 0730 with tons of other people (parking lot in Diamond Head was full) so it was slow going to the top. The weather was sunny but not super hot yet and the view at the top wasn’t super crowded but the ocean was really pretty at least.

I did this hike on a rainy day during a weekday, I’m sure it’d be twice as amazing on a dry day. The hike itself is a great challenge. I did it solo, it gets challenging near the end but I met a couple of adventurers already at the top who helped me along the way. It was good challenge and I’d definitely do it again if I had more time.

Quiet technic but ok ... super place to see ... we enjoyed it . Not for raining days at all ... our 9 walked easily to the fall but he is used to .

2 days ago

So glad we did this one. Tough climb and crowded the day we were there, but great camaraderie among hikers and terrific views at the top.

hiking
2 days ago

This hike is pretty fun for me. It may not seem interesting to look down at tracks the entire time, but there's enough change in steepness, distance of steps, and there's a nice visible drop midway through the hike to keep me entertained. The view is pretty good, both during (it's cool to look back and see how far you are) and at the top (360 view from the top of the crater).

I also wrote an in-depth review, take a look: http://www.thehawaiiplan.com/koko-head-crater-railway-trail-hike/

Anybody trying to do this hike tomorrow sat 11th August anytime hmu I’m trying to do it but I’m hoping to tag along with someone that knows the way lol thnx

A good alternative but much quiter and more lush hike is around the Makiki-Tantalus Trail System. There are 5 main points of entry into the interconnected system of trails - Judd Trail/ Nuuanu Trail from the Nuuanu Pali Dr., Maunalaha/Kanealole/Makiki Valley Trails via the Makiki Nature Center , Pu’u Ualakaa/Moleka Trails from Round Top Drive, Manoa Falls/Aihualama Trails at the end of Manoa Rd, and lastly Pu’u Pia/Kolowalu Trail from the end of Alani Dr/Woodlawn Dr. Study the trail map and have fun exploring.

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Monday, August 13th, for the 278th time.

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

Here’s some helpful bits:

(1) The stairs are the safest way to reach that point on Oahu. Every year thousands of people die falling on the stairs in their house, but no one ever died falling down the Haʻikū Stairs.

(2) You are able to just walk right past the guard.

The security guard has two jobs: to remind you that you are trespassing, and to write down the number of hikers going up and coming down.

Those numbers go to the security company who compiles a report for the Board of Water Supply, the current land owner.

There are 3 regular guards. Two are friendly, one is not - be friendly anyway.

(3) The police have an independent strategy for issuing tickets.

Since August of 2017, the Board of Water Supply provided additional funding to station police on-site. This has been much more effective, but some people get through still.

(4) Every game has elements of skill and luck.

Because this is your first game, a win is beginners luck. The police play this game once an hour for months. If they win, that is skill. You have some technique, but mostly luck, so before the hike I recommend identifying the level of risk which is right for you, and sticking to it so you are comfortable knowing you’ll be okay either way.

(5) Use your spidy senses.

Make your own plan, and do your own thing. Don’t try to be like everyone else - the police read blogs too.

A review on Stairway is like a review on Russian roulette. Yes, he set down the vodka, held the revolver at a 15° angle, squeezed the trigger ‘really slow’, and yes it did go ‘click’. But no, that’s not the trick to it.

You down hear from the guy when it goes ‘boom’.

People standing in front of the judge facing 6 months in jail just want to be forgiven, they are not online reviewing or incriminating themselves.

(6) Don’t increase your level of acceptable risk mid-hike.

For instance: most of traffic goes up the back way and down the stairs. This doesn’t make sense from a planning perspective. The magic is in the ‘up’ portion of the stairs.

But everyone is suffering the long walk up the back and then goes with the risk of cops for an admin-style descent to the base of the stairs.

These people would have skipped the hike entirely instead of facing the police. But they did feel comfortable with the sound of the legal route. They saw pictures of the beauty and brought equipment appropriate for the stairs - but dangerously inadequate for Moanalua Valley Trail.

They reached the top having survived the day, but can’t say they enjoyed it. He was going to propose to her, but now the girlfriend is shaking and crying and talking to some Hawaii Mountain Man. I hear: “I’d rather get the ticket than die”. So they go down the front, and by that point, they have chosen all the lesser rewards and faced all the greater dangers possible for that experience.

The better way was to set a realistic plan and stick to the plan.

For the same principle, don’t start with accepting the risk of a ticket, and then run if you see a cop.

You are boxed in by mountains and those officers grew up trespassing there before they were cops. They know where you’re going. Running moves your risk from a ticket to a second criminal conviction (evading arrest).

Its better to take the ticket than to sit in the back of the cop car thinking: “I didn’t mean for this to go that far.”

Another ‘trick’ is to give a fake name. You wouldn’t be the first. That becomes false report to a Police Officer and identify theft - a felony charge. No hike is worth a felony. This is supposed to transform your life, not ruin some years of it.

(7) The nuts and bolts.

There can be a few court dates. In the first, the judge will ask for your attorney, and because of the possible imprisonment, won’t allow a plea until you have counsel. It’s smart to show up to your first court date prepared to proceed.

The total setback ranges from $3,000 for a local with the time off work, the thousand dollar fine, community service and defense attorney for their initial case and a motion to expunge after a couple years of good behavior. It’s appropriately $5,000 for a visitor with the cost of flying back on the days required. And of course, the impact on visa/immigration and professional life is unique to each individual.

In summary, to lose this game feels like your house got broken into so march to the beat of that perspective.

(8) We can change this.

Its disappointing that walking somewhere healthy and safely (and hopefully respectfully) garners extreme disapproval from the court, but it does. Hopefully with our smiles and stories of the epic life-changing m

lots of ups and downs and good views along the way make this a fun hike that I'll definitely do again. pretty exposed though, so make sure to have plenty of water. last portion rather muddy but not usually so for a ridgeline hike ascent. final 0.2 miles along KST has a lot of slick spots and a few portions without a real trail, which I'd avoid if you're not looking for a challenge. about 4:30 in decent weather by an experienced hiker, suggest pants for second half or so.

Awesome hard trail

We had a great time climbing with my kids. I was put to shame by a mom climbing with her baby on her back.lol

Hello!
I've been wanting got the longest time to do this hike! Can anyone tell me how to access it from the back side, the legal (and long) one?
I would appreciate it! Mahalo!
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I’m in Oahu looking for a hiking buddy to do it. Anyone ? Hit me up

hiking
4 days ago

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

Love, love, LOVE this hike!! Although, don’t be fooled, I wouldn’t say this hike is kid friendly and I certainly didn’t see any wild flowers. The view is absolutely incredible at the top. If you are a physically fit person and want to push your limits in physical activity... highly recommend doing this hike at least twice and seeing if you can beat your first time! Be sure to wear either hiking boots or trail running shoes. The terrain is uneven at points and a a lot of people who take a lot of time to get to the top... as well as narrow path and steep inclines at times. If you are trying to get a workout in without the frustration of slow folk either get there very early in the morning or near sunset.

I love Koko Head. I just did it carrying my baby a few days ago and just about died lol. Don’t carry a baby up the mountain if you want to use your legs the next few days!

Extremely crowded, as in traffic jam on the trail, even midweek. Very slow as people just decide to take a break in the middle the trail and block people in both directions.

The view at the top was nice but not worth dealing with all the people

if you are looking for your leg work out look no further. views are very nice, nothing you can't find on other hikes but definitely worth it

A nice hike! Easier than anticipated. It is all uphill and parts of it are through concrete tunnels- nothing small, enough room to move. The view wasn’t breathtaking- but a fun day hike !

I don't know, this was so grueling and hot and dry and narrow and freaky... it wasn't actually that enjoyable, if you know what I mean?? I much prefer Diamond Head - an even better view and FAR more fun, wide open, less chance of tumbling straight down.

Nice hike, but crowded if you don’t go early. But worth the view and steep steps to get to the top

Woke up at 4am to hike this before sunrise. Extremely steep and slippery in some areas but it’s worth it. Descending isn’t much better and requires you to take your time. There’s a bridge about midway through with quite a drop so be careful.

this trail reminds me of the incline in Colorado! such an amazing hard workout but well worth the breath taking view!! my favorite view of trails so far!

An alternate way without going through security is starting the hike from Wailupe valley,and climb steeply till you hit the dirt road before the start of the steps.

Wow. Ok. Worth the trouble for sure. Beware the cops and guards. Sack up and do it. Incredible! Make sure you check the weather, the rain was a little crazy to hike in the dark, and coming down as well. You’ll miss the sunrise if it’s too overcast. Bring lots of water, a light windbreaker, and a whole can of whoopass.

The hike was fun, met lots of people from all over. The views are spectacular.

Beautiful view. Take a few short breaks and it’s a quick hike in the morning that leaves plenty of time for other activities

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