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Made it almost all the way to the K2 summit on 7/4 but it was pretty cloudy and a few of us didn’t feel comfortable making the last climb of the hike. The whole thing was really pretty but definitely some slippery spots - the trail did give way on one of the really narrow parts and I took a tumble about five feet down the side of the mountain but was able to dig my fingers in and stop myself. If you’re going to hike in Hawaii, don’t wear tennis shoes. Everything is muddy. I immediately ordered real hiking shoes and have been fine ever since.

This was absolutely amazing. The most gnarly hike I’ve ever been on. I was terrified on the last hour to the top as it was super windy and you are walking on the ridge most of the time. Did this two days ago and I’m still sore. Super worth it but not sure I would ever do it again. This is a HARD hike and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Use spikes if you can - seriously muddy and the spikes saved my life. The way down seemed much easier after what we experienced on the way up but still sketchy. If you do it alone, guaranteed you will find some people to chat with and help you out. I suggest starting before 8am.

5 stars for the hike 3 stars for the description. this is 6 miles "each way" total of 12 miles. Great view, trail is decent and not too busy.

Hiked this solo on 7/8/18. Forgot to review. Did the ridge starting in Moanalua, down the stairs, back up the stairs, then back across the ridge where I started. That was pretty brutal! 14 miles, 9 hours or so tracking on the Apple Watch. It was rainy for part of it and windy on the sketchy parts. Not for the timid.

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 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

Completed this hike on 2018-08-07 via the "legal" way (start from Moanalua). My review does NOT apply to the Haiku Stairs. There are a lot of invitation to hike/ solicitation for guides on this review page. I'd like to provide some objective info regarding the risks and difficulty for people considering this hike.

Conditions on that day: No rain. Good visibility. Trail mostly dry, which lowered the risk factor significantly for us considering the wind (see below), but we encountered some spots that are very muddy. *Most* of the time we found a way to walk around the mud. Very strong, and more importantly gusty, wind on the ridge (~40+mph gusts). I'm reasonably fit/agile and I got knocked off balance and stumbled a couple times. Consider this with the fact that, in some parts of this trail you're hiking on a narrow ridge with steep cliffs on BOTH sides. Sometimes your margin of error is 1 or 2 steps. Yes you read that right.

Technical difficulties: Can be very muddy/slippery. Some steep climbs that require using your hands. Narrow, exposed trails. Spikes and hiking poles will make the hike easier, and more importantly, SAFER. You will encounter some loose dirt/rocks. People in my group were young, active people of average to above-average fitness. No expert hikers. Undoutedly a strenous hike, but we all completed the trail. ~3 hours up, ~3 hours down.

The risk of this hike depends heavily on rain and the wind. Both can change quickly. If the trail is not slippery AND there's no wind, this trail is manageable for reasonably agile, sure-footed hikers. However, slippery/windy conditions can make this trail very dangerous. If you want to do this hike, fully recognize the risk you're taking and use common sense - don't go alone; don't go in the dark; don't do it when you're not well rested, etc. Even then, go with the expectation that you might have to turn back if you don't feel safe. Falling off a mountain is a shitty way to die and your friends will have to have a very awkward conversation with your family.

Oh yea the views are phenonmenal, but you already know that. you get to take in full views of both the windward and leeward sides of the mountain.

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.

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Humid but not hot due to tree and then fog cover. Occasional fantastic views. Muddy, trail runners are okay. Overall great!:)

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.

5 things you should know about the hike:

(1) It is the safest way to reach that elevation on Oahu. Over the last 70+ years, no one has ever died falling on the stairs.

(2) There is a ton of trash at the top. Bring a folded heavy-duty trash bag to help with that.

(3) No matter what, don’t go near homes!

Think: when is the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house!"

Most neighbors are friendly, but some are aggressive and even violent. Tourist blood has spilled in the neighborhood more than once in the past year.

(4) The back way is less safe, but worth considering.

A ticket on the stairs is common and the judges have gotten tired of the case. The charge is Second Degree Criminal Trespass with these components:

(1) $1,000 fine
(1) Three dates, each about two months apart at the Kaneohe Courthouse
(2) Jail, no longer than 6 months. (incarnation is rare, averaging 1.6 out of 100 tickets)
(3) Legal fees (a defense attorney charges $800 - $1,500 for the case)
(4) Usually 60 hours of community service.
(5) Legal fees for expungement after some years of a clean record.
(6) Visa/Immigration hurdles.
(7) Impact on professional life.
(8) Return travel and accommodations to attend court, community service, etc.

The financial setback ranges from $3,000 for an average local, up into the hundreds of thousands over the length of a career for military members reduced in rank, professional licenses affected, working visas denied, etc.

Public record shows hundreds of tickets a month, but I suppose everyone standing in court started their morning hike knowing they had done the research.

There are techniques, but to be fair, everything posted online is a bit comical.

Two tips:
⁃ The guard is usually friendly and does not have the power to give anyone a ticket.
⁃ The police have internet also and are good at what they do all day every day.

(5) This is the real Hawai’i!

When I go, I approach peacefully and respectfully.

As we climb we are immersed, perhaps because we step “into” the experience 3,922 times. The activity melts our physical senses, and opens us to sense spirit. We rise from civilization to magic.

At the top, we savor hot foods and reflect for a couple hours in comfort, allowing the memory of the feeling to become part of us before the senses of civilization erase the nuances of that raw truth from our attention.

People think I go for the epic view, but along the way they recognize their own reflection in nature. They discover that they share an energetic blueprint with a land so majestic and find new appreciation for the landscape of their own soul.

They find that they climbed a mountain to see themselves in new light, so that the sunrise was the second, third or forth best part of the day.

They alway say: “I had no idea it was going to be this good.” Always with smiles, sometimes in tears.

I might skip a week or go twice a day, but even after so many times, once I start I’m lost on it again.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

Omg, it's a killer, but it was so so good!!! I went with @mvrkb who does local tours for the low low, and we became instant friends! He's a superrrr awesome and friendly af local, and can help you out with whatever hike you need! If you decide to go by yourself, really consider the weather conditions, because I prob wouldn't have been able to do it without the spikes mark lent me.

Finally did this today! Started at 630 am ended shortly after 1 pm. Went with 2 L of water (Drank maybe half) and some granola bars. While it’s long, it’s not a super difficult hike. A good portion is slippery but as long as you’re careful, you should be okay. Really isn’t any need for spikes or fancy equipment. It was easy to find and navigate.

I am hoping to find a local or hiking enthusiast would be willing to take myself and 2 other girls on this trail while there from September 11th- September 18th. Email me at emily.skelly11@gmail.com or Instagram at skellllz1

Thanks for considering!

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Great ridge trail. Challenging, but much safer than others I have hiked. Not a great hike for small children, but everyone else can enjoy it. It was muddy today, recommend hiking boats or trail runners. Tennis shoes might not cut it for some people.

Awesome hike. According to my GPS it 2.3 miles each way and all uphill. My five year old was a trooper and did it, but she has been building up to these hikes. l carried my three year old in a kid carrier and l would highly recommend a good walking stick for coming back down the summit stairs. All in all one our favorite hikes on the Island.

Aloha! Hiking Monday, Tuesday, and Friday this week most likely. Maybe other days 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.

This is one of my favorite quickies. An excellent workout (1700’ elevation gain in the first .3 miles) with some unique views of Kuliouou and ‘Aina Haina.

Parking:
Park along the road before the trailhead in a respectful location. Residential parking manners apply.

Hike:
Before the trailhead, follow the paved road down and turn to the left. Just before the substation, you’ll see a trail to the right that instantly climbs into the trees.

If you get a little lost in the ironwoods, just look for a slightly worn path in the needles. Pink ribbons are visible all along the way. There are plenty of ropes for the slope scrambles near the top.

Difficulty:
This is probably not a good hike for dogs or children.

Ratings:
Payoff: 9/10
Intensity: 9/10
Risk: 7/10
Wayfinding: 7/10

We did this trail up to Haiku Stairs during a rainy day. Sooo muddy out there. You definitely need gloves, rain jacket and good shoes. The trail was slippery and so windy that some ways it was dangerous. Nothing to protect yourself in case you fall, so be very aware. At the top, the view wasn’t clear because of the clouds. We decided to take the stairs to go down even if it’s prohibited, because the way back from where we came wasn’t safe. We were a little bit anxious about confronting the guardian, but she was very chill. She just waves at us and.. that’s it. It was the hardest trail I’ve been to, but worth the shot!! The view under the clouds was breathtaking!!
However, I do not recommend this trail for beginners if it’s windy and rainy. Be prepared to be wet from head to toes.
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Hi Lisa/people who want to do this trail. I live in Hawaii and hike every day I have wanted to do this one but am looking for a group to do this trail at some point. contact justindavidsands@gmail.com

Hiya, I'm an avid hiker, and I would loooove to do this trail with another soul. Anyone down?

This was the absolute highlight of our trip to Hawaii. My husband and I are avid hikers and it took us 4 hours up and 3 hours down. We brought a camelback that held 3 liters and about 48oz in bottles and had about 1.5 liters left over. Bring snacks and you may be craving an orange or piece of fruit at the top so plan accordingly. Wear hiking shoes at the least, we saw so many people with tennis shoes covered head to toe in mud because they couldn’t grip the terrain. A plus would be spikes. It’s extremely muddy, so be careful. Depending on the time of year you don’t need a rain jacket. We hiked in shorts and a tank top and were fine, and the rain at the top was a brief break from the heat. The pictures we took were incredible, and the hike was the best hike I’ll probably ever go on.

Did this hike 7/26/2018 arrived at 1pm. I wish i checked the weather bc the whole trail was muddy going up. When I got to the stairs at the top there were no views because a cloud had taken over everything. As i was coming down it started to pour fairly heavily. That being said i’d do it again on a clear day

I will be in Oahu next week (July-29 to August 5) visiting family. I would like to hike this trail, Olomana trail and other more spots. Feel free to email me at nico.marchan@yahoo.com or message me on my instagram: @nicocarlosmarchan if you want to join me and others to hike these trails.

If you love hiking, hike it! This hike is worth all the blood, sweat, and tears! Please bring plenty of water and snacks. Also, be prepared for weather change, we started it was clear and calm. About 2 miles from the summit the weather went from sunny to windy and rain until we reached the top.

This is an absolute must hike!!

We hiked from the trailhead that leads to the Stairway To Heaven and then proceeded down the stairs. Note...if you are going to go down the stairs, beware it is a $1000 fine if the cops catch you exiting. There is a security guard on duty, but he can not issue a ticket.

Is anyone hiking this trail tomorrow? I plan on hiking with my husband. I’ve read a lot of the blogs and seems like people don’t take the same trail back. If anyone wants to join us, it’ll be our first time please email me ongmoua01@gmail.com

Hawaii Loa Ridge Trail is not on a PRIVATE property but it is a NA ALA HELE STATE TRAIL. It is just that to access you, you have to go through a security check point. All you need is an ID ( and available parking spots at the trailhead) to hike it. It is the same like Wiliwilinui.
https://hawaiitrails.hawaii.gov/trails/#/trail/hawaiiloa-ridge-trail/201

Both Hawaii Loa Ridge and Wiliwilinui Ridge can also be hiked via Kulepeamoa in Niu valley and Wailupe in Aina Haina without having to go through the checkpoints.

Long socks or pants are a requirement! Be prepared to look where you step because of hidden trip hazards brought to you by Mother Nature :)! But beyond the Ankle/Shin scratches and 6’5” California grass; as well as, the red ants along the way. The trail is relatively easy and requires a minimum level of cardiovascular exertion to get through it. We started the trail just after 6 and fumbled our way through the the tree line trying to locate the trail head.

We got to going at a good pace. My height made a lot of navigation easy even though I’m 1/2-1/4 of the way from being out of shape. No real dangerous spots out there. Just respect the path and you’ll make it off with no issues. The views, smells and sounds at the end were worth the below the knee rubs.

The return trip was easier until we got to the end and wasn’t sure which route to take. So we just went with where we saw the grass laying down before ending back on the trail (in other words we took a shortcut down the side of the trail to get back on the trail). Saw one of the flat land gathering sites mentioned in other posts where you could camp out at. Just an amazing hike to start your day and only saw two others up there. Also great for Koko Crater/Head photos on your return trip.

I am leaving Hawaii the eve on the 25th. and I'd like to find someone that would join me on the Stairway to Heaven Trail.
Any interest, send me an email to aholenstein@hotmail.com

Amazing. Best trail ever in Hawaii ! Must Do !

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