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Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week for almost 3 years now. Went up 7 times in the last 13 days. I will be going again this weekend Saturday and Sunday. I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. (over 100+ times) It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (including microspikes and gloves) which are 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.

Heya! I'm looking to do this hike on Feb 19th or 20th. If anyone is interested in joining or already planning the trek, let me know! Canadian on vacation looking to get some pre-frisbee tourney adventure in! Reach me at aaron_zucker@hotmail.com or @aaron.zuck

I've been going every weekend. it's been pretty clear up top the last few times I went. I have done this hike many times. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this weekend this legal backway. I have some clean up to do up there. In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended, I do have some spare spikes.
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

Aloha, planning to hike this trail after Eminem concert next month. Shooting for February 16 or 17. Looking for experience hiking buddies to do it with us. Beer and dinner on me after! DM me on my IG @ mytravellovebug

Hi ! I would like to do this hike tomorrow, I’m in Hawaii with my friends but they don’t really want to go because of the difficulty of this hike. So if you want to do it with a French hiker contact me on Instagram : theo_mrc

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3 days ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing! #whyihike

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snow
3 days ago

Completed in January when trail was icy and without spikes. Very sketchy but I finished it..... sliding on my butt on a couple occasions. So worth it though! Views were aaamazing!

I typically hike up 1-3 times a week for almost 3 years now. Went up 5 times in the last 11 days. Had an awesome time going up today! I will be going again this Thursday, Friday, and this upcoming weekend. I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. (over 100+ times) It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (including microspikes and gloves) which are 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 will climb the Stairway to Heaven with some others tomorrow, January 13th, for the 317th time. “Haʻikū Stairs v. 317” - I can’t wait! :)

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

Short but keep ur heart rate up!!!

Aloha!... Planning on hiking this trail tomorrow...
I see a few other people are also going to be on the trail. Hit me up on instagram @pushing_further if your keen to link up

Aloha! Planning on doing this hike on Sunday!
If anyone wants to join - dm @vikanilsen on insta :)

Fantastic and beautiful hike. We went up past Saturday and were lucky we missed the rain and most of our view at the top was unobstructed by clouds.

NB: The description says that at the 2.5 mile point, take a left. I found this confusing as at exactly 2.49 miles in, there is an unmarked trail leading to the left. Luckily I met someone who was familiar with the trail and they told me that a lot of people erroneously take this path, leading to them getting lost (I met one unfortunate soul who had done this). About 300ft beyond this unmarked left, you will meet a river crossing, marked with signs. Cross the river instead of taking this unmarked left. The trail continues unambiguously from here.

The hike is not for the faint of heart. The first 3 or so miles is relatively easy, then what follows is much ridge hiking, next to some pretty shear drops. There are also some near vertical stretches with rope climbs. We climbed it without shoe spikes or crampons, but in wetter conditions, these would have been very useful (weather at the top can vary drastically from Honolulu and Kailua weather).
It is a somewhat tough hike, but one that can be followed pretty easily without paying for local guides (the only confusing part being mentioned about), though they will generally lend you shoe spikes for the hike.

I then continued to hike down and up half of the stairs, but hiking the stairs is still ILLEGAL.

For anyone not too phased by the rope climbs, I would definitely recommend this hike.

Hey there!
I have planned to do this hike the legal way on 14th Jan (as early start time as I can muster). I have not done this hike before and am looking for a buddy to go up with. DM me on IG @deevsingh to suss it out.
Kia ora!

I went up on Saturday. it's been pretty clear up top the last few times I went. I have done this hike many times. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up tomorrow Saturday the 12th this legal backway.
In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended.
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.

Anybody planning to hike this trail between the dates of Jan 24-28 and dont mind me tagging along??? Pls hit me up :) ig @dhnmrk

8 days ago

Easy hike as long as you take the stairs down (as we did) and complete the loop from there, clockwise. Very cool to see the old ruins!

I went up on Saturday. it's been pretty clear up top the last few times I went. I have done this hike many times. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I will be going up this Saturday the 12th this legal backway.
In my opinion going up the stairs all the way gets boring, the backway is more of an adventure and there are better views. It can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended.
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

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9 days ago

Really nice hike. Roads were closed due to snow when we visited so took the long way, but was worth it because of all the Mule deer that crossed the trail in front of us. Not recommended on a cloudy day, because then there is no view from the top.

Planning to hike this trail while in Oahu! I'm looking for anyone interested as well! So far I have January 13, 16 or 17 available for hiking! Let me know if you are interested in joining :) @ knsmith3@ualberta.ca

My boyfriend and I will be hiking this trail feb 1-3 if anyone’s interesting in meeting up or doing it together Give me a message 19028741724 or insta katieholmesxx . Would love to hike with a few others !!

LOST GO PRO - lost my go pro somewhere at the bottom of the stairs probably through the bamboo forest/ canal area. We took so many pictures on it. If someone finds it please text me 407-902-3341. Thanks!

Looks great! I'll be in Honolulu Jan 21-26. Would love to hike up to the stairs via the Moanalua Valley trail. Anyone want to join me? DM me on instagram @doc.shail or email me mrigank.shail@gmail.com

This is not a review. I’ll be hiking the legal route on Monday 7th jan. I have some hiking experience and high fitness level. Please reach out if you are planning the same, it will be ideal to have some company. I’m planning to arrive there at 7am when the legal path opens. Please reach out to either IG reinaldoabe or email reinaldo.abe@gmail.com.

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Went up 4 times in the last 6 days. I will be going again tomorrow on Sunday the 6th. I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. (over 100+ times) It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear (including microspikes) 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.

Hi guys!! I’ll be out there January the 28- February 1st I would really love to hike out there would love to join a group that’s going around this time!! Please let me know email is @shapnam.nawabi@gmail.com or contact me via Instagram @itsssShap

First time going and I’m planning to go anytime 1/5-1/9, let me know if anyone wants to tag along or if I could join your group! I would love to join someone who’s hiked this trail before but if not that’s okay! Email me at Teresaliang07@gmail.com

I have done this hike many times. If you want to avoid getting fined/arrested I'll be going up tomorrow Saturday January 5th this legal backway.
This is an amazing hike, great views, it's a fun hike but it can get pretty muddy and windy. Crampons(spikes) recommended.
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.

I was worried this was just another paved fire road with a view but when you go thru the fence and down the cement stairs you’re into another world. Great glute workout on the way back up too. Make sure you take a left thru the opening in the fence!

My husband, myself and possibly two other friends want to do this hike. We're newer to the hiking world, but can't possibly miss this opportunity while we'ere on Oahu! We'd be able to go 2/9-2/11. Please, contact me if you're interested in coming with/helping us :-). slschell@mtu.edu

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