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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.

I went up recently "the legal backway", it was very muddy and slippery. Crampons(spikes) recommended. I've done this hike many times. Going up either Saturday or Sunday. 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 and maybe some layers because it can get pretty windy and wet up top.

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

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Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

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18 hours ago

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

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19 hours ago

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

Hey anyone planning on doing this tomorrow? Me and my sister are in town and wanting to do this. Message me on Instagram Rlzachary

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19 hours ago

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

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19 hours ago

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

Nice paved road up to the top with excellent views!

A fairly easy hike but worth doing! The path is a bit more crowded than other area hikes so have patience and just go with the flow. Beautiful views from the top!

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this week for the 300th time. It will be a special anniversary climb. I’m stoked!

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

5 things about stairway:

(1) It is illegal, but not unsafe.

In 70+ years there have been no falling deaths on the stairs. Compare that to 54 air rescues on diamondhead last year. By total death count, the Stairway to Heaven could be Oahu’s safest trail. (Although it still deserves caution.)

(2) Contribute to what you love.

I clean every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to carry trash out, bring a bag so you don’t soil your pack.

Poop: bury it or squat over a one-gallon bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, tripple bag and pack it out like a diaper.

(3) Take it easy on the neighbors.

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year. You cannot be too careful.

(4) 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, but got caught by police. When we got back to the hotel we slept. We really wanted to take a picture on the stairs so we decided to go the ‘back way’. It was harder than we expected, and when we got to the top we decided we needed to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

If you are considering going the legal way, choose companions who will be willing to return down the legal way also. You can easily get a ticket coming down the stairs.

Except under special circumstances, I normally do not guide the ‘back way’. There is another guide who provides equipment and coaching for that experience.

a. The ‘back way’

Legal access hours to Moanalua Valley Trail are 7am - 7pm with the same ticket as the front way if you’re caught after hours. I recommend starting right at 7am because it’s safer to not rush on the mountain. If you think you’re lost, take the only certain way out - which is to turn around. It’s easy to find yourself in a life-threatening position on the trails behind Haʻikū Stairs.

If you want to see sunrise or sunset, I recommend beginning at noon and sleeping over. The mountain is usually cold, rainy, misty and windy, so prepare accordingly. A good insulating mat is a must if you plan to spend the night.

‘Good’ hiking shoes are NOT sufficient. I recommend soft rubber ‘hiking cleats’, a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy your activity rather than merely survive it.

Ask me for detailed ‘why’s behind shoe criteria.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for the legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback usually begins around $5,000 depending on legal fees, travel expenses, fines. If there is any impact on professional life it can be 100x that. I recommend handling this decision carefully.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for advice there.

(5) Linger in the mountain.

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.)

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!

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

Loved this hike! Gorgeous views, beautiful weather, windy so you stayed cool, and kids had a great time. Not crowded so you can take stops and photos without getting in anyones way. We had 4 kids 4-8 and they did well.

Easy hike. Would advise going early for sunrise. There are a lot of hikers on this trail. Plus the pineapple smoothies you can purchase at the end of the hike are pretty good too!

Just hiked this about 2 hours ago. They are doing some filming for a new movie on the trail. Super neat. Very slick on the trail but the destination was worth it!

anyone in today or tomorrow for the stairs? would be a pleasure for me and my wife to join. hit me up on insta: made86made.
cheers marc

Did the stairs today, not the back way but straight up and down the stairs. The views every step up got better and better! I've done this one a few times and it is definitely one of the best hikes on the island! . If anyone has questions about the hike message me IG at Mdod89 or Snap mdogp1989.
Mike

Aloha! I will be hiking tomorrow/Tuesday and possibly Thursday as well. I typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Went last week 3 times. 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.

Really enjoyed this hike with the family. Kids loved it! Did this hike about 1.5 months ago.

This was a nice hike. Did it about a month ago. There are a few spots to go off trail and enjoy the stream. We went after a nice rain so it was a bit muddy, but very enjoyable. The waterfall at the end offers a refreshing view.

Great hike and beautiful views!

Taking the legal route this morning around 7-7:30 am after I get off from work. I have tried the back route twice and it is unbelievably easy to get lost but I believe I finally trial and errored the correct path this time around. I always come accross groups that just turned around because they couldn’t figure out the right path to the stairs. I will also be going on the stairs then returning back through the legal route. It is probably too late but email justindavidsands@gmail.com if you are interested.

Amazing views! Great for all ability levels, including stroller pushing, dog walking, and baby carrying people.

Was a nice walk not to busy until you got to the top, awesome experience would recommend for 1 dollar

Easy hike cool views

Great view but I agree with the others here; it was quite busy that it’s hard to enjoy the view at the top with the amount of people squeezing in that lookout. I would recommend doing a sunrise hike on Saturday then heading down across the street for the Farmers Market for some great food. I think the market is also open on Fridays but you would have to check on this

I really enjoyed this hike. It was an easy trail and I liked the waterfall but the water was a bit cold. I liked the tall and beautiful trees especially in the beginning of the hike

My husband and I hiked the stairs "the illegal front side" this last jan. 2018, but due to us leaving home on an early flight we were not able to finish the hike. This jan is our anniversary and we're coming back to conquer the stairs. If anyone else is going up this coming jan. we would love to join more ppl going up!

The hike to the lighthouse made for some amazing views. But the best pet was the alternative trail about half way up that led down tot the blowholes and natural pools that were at the shore line. People say it is crazy dangerous, but as long as you use common sense and take your time you shouldn’t have any problems. The water is amazing down low, and the views from the lighthouse were awesome. Easy hike to end the day with.

Fantastic views. Light showers the day we went so definitely slippery/precarious in spots. Cooled you off though! Rehydrated and rested at the second pillbox for a while to enjoy the amazing views and breezes.

Saw some parents bringing their toddlers, which definitely made me a bit anxious on their behalf.

As others have noted, the ridge does have some drop offs, can get super slippery/muddy when it rains and has ropes in spots to help you climb up. A couple of the ropes look like they’re on their last threads though so test before putting all your weight on those.

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