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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.

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

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.

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!

Easy? For all levels? No.
It's a really cool hike through the canopy, up root systems, on bare edges with a fatal drop. Come prepared and be able to climb wet roots, mud, and rocks without putting your faith in used ropes that have been hanging out there for who knows how long. Other than that, Loved it!

hey hiking ohau fans. I am looking for people who would like to join me on that. I will be in Ohau from the 8th until 21th of November. Hit me up on Insta @made86made. Would be amazing to meet some nice people and enjoy the hike - Marc

hey hiking ohau fans. I am looking for people who would like to join me on that. I will be in Ohau from the 8th until 21th of November. Hit me up on Insta @made86made. Would be amazing to meet some nice people and enjoy the hike - Marc

Hey! Looking to hike the stairs on the Nov 12th and would love go with someone that has done it before or anyone that wants to come with. DM me on instagram @mrschechter

It was pretty muddy. But if you look past the muddy hike up and then the slippery action movie debacle of getting back down it is worth it. The view at the very top and to see what a sentry would be looking at from a concrete bunker is pretty awesome.

The huge ocean and the ability to look out into nothingness is pretty rad.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this morning for the 299th time.

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

anybody going tomorrow? fun flight attendant here and I'd love to join you!

402-515-8388 @hannah_likebanana on instagram!

I loved this hike. The view at the top of the ridge was well worth it. BUT. This trail IS and/or can be very difficult. I had a relatively good route up and only slowed down at one part with tree roots and the many stairs toward the top, however I would definitely recommend either shoes with good traction or even hiking boots! The route going down, on the other hand, due to being tired and rain while I was going up.. was very difficult. It got significantly more muddy and slippery. I would not recommend this hike to anyone that does not have experience in hiking or someone looking for a fun hike. It can easily turn into not so fun!

My recommendations:

1. Shoes with traction or hiking boots
2. Lots of water
3. Start early! It gets hot! And it’s not a super quick hike. You’ll wanna get done before sundown.
4. Travel with a buddy! There are some dangerous spots. Always have a bud to be by your side!
5. Positive attitude (it is a bit difficult! Keep your eyes toward the sky!)

hiking
8 days ago

We went as it was raining; extremely muddy but totally worth it. The scenery was gorgeous! Even bumped into a few goats at the top! Beware, they’ll try and eat anything you have. The hike itself was very humid, bring a water! A short but sweet hike.

Favorite hike so far Mountain Man Ray

Hey guys,
My hubby and I will hike the Haiku Stairs from Moanalua Valley on Nov 25th or 27th. Looking for someone who's done it before and knows the route to accompany us. Or if anyone else want to join let me know. @kimay71
Cannot wait to visit beautiful Hawaii for our first time... I already know it won't be the last!!!

hiking
10 days ago

Lovely views, make sure you get to the second pillbox it’s not too much further and worth it. Super muddy but we knew it was going to be since it had rained that morning.

Hello! This hike has been on my bucket list for the longest time! Is there anyone willing to go November 21 or 22? It's thanksgiving eve or day. I am planning to go with a girlfriend of mine. She's done it once before, but went with some people that have gone before. If anyone would like to join us or send me tips, it would be much appreciated! audrey.pai@gmail.com

hiking
13 days ago

Went on this hike right after it had been pouring rain (completely my fault). But i still thought it was a beautiful hike in the woods. There are ropes available to hold on to while going up or down on rocks that could be slippery or dangerous. Overall, no complaints! Beach view from the distance at the top.

This was a pretty challenging hike, especially after some solid rainfall in the morning. Would definitely recommend wearing sturdy hiking shoes, as a lot of the trail is muddy and wet—as a result it is very slick. The different terrains as you make your way up in elevation is a cool part of this hike. The stairs up to the top were particularly frightening for us, however definitely worth the view. Will admit we did this one on a whim and were a little unprepared in terms of gear, water, and bug spray, but when prepared it is definitely a good one. This was our last of our trip and it sent us out with a bang!

my girlfriend and I live in oahu in lake side we are planning on hitting the stairs the "illegal" way if anyone would like to join. we have never done this hike before and we're looking for people who are willing to join along. ideally thinking of doing the hike on Wednesday oct 29th DM on Instagram me if interested @m.aa.x.x

hiking
16 days ago

Hiked the ridge after the valley. Total miles - 8.06. Fairly wet and muddy with both hikes. The views atop the ridge are awesome.....from Diamond Head thru Hanauma Bay and Koko head, across Makapu Pt and all the way to the Moks and K-bay.

May ready for the stairs - thanks Sierra club for keeping those maintained.

Hey there, in Hawaii until Friday looking to make this hike in the next 24 hours!
Please message if you’ve done the hike and are looking to go back- my instagram is @alanad3
Looking forward to it!

did it tonight, 3am start, the cops yell at us, we waited a few minutes till he was driving away. run through lolii st, under the fence -> attention dog & dogshit (a**hole who live there) we had some troubles with the way in the forrest (too early left) wait till a big rock on the left side, then through the bamboo wood. more infos IG: jan_guertler

Great view at the Top. Extremely slippery about midway. Kids from 6 and up would be better fitted if you decided to bring them. Would definitely do this one again. Could only locate one pill box though.

2nd best views of the island.

hiking
23 days ago

Trail was good has far as the pillbox. After that, it’s not clear where trail goes. We tried to follow the loop on the map but couldn’t find it. Once you get past the pillbox and go inland, there’s a lot of trails, almost none of which are marked. Best view is not from the pillbox, but from a small clearing in an area with tall grass a little before the pillbox.

It rained the day before. The trail was extremely muddy and slick. Definitely recommend having good hiking shoes for this trail just for the sake of traction. Lots of roots and big branches you have to duck underneath towards the middle of the hike. The view is amazing. We had a decent breeze. But very humid. Started off around 9 am. It was about 89 degrees when we finished. You just hit these pockets of hot air during the hike. Bring a bottle of water with you. Not sure if I’d do this one again. The view is gorgeous but I personally don’t like this much mud on my hikes. Call me dainty if ya want. Ha.

Protip: make sure to use bug spray. We sprayed before the hike and I still managed about a dozen bites. Imagine if I didn’t have any spray on.

hiking
24 days ago

Easy hike with an awesome view. Great at sunset.

closed? no way. people do this trail every day. it's super easy from the Pali lookout parking lot (bus side)

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