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Aloha! Hiked again today and will be hiking this Sunday due to the not so great of weather forecasted Saturday. 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 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 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

Excellent trail!!! The Lacefields do a fabulous job well marked and clean

In town until the 23rd and would like to do the stairs. If anyone is going up between now and then please let me know. Best way to reach me is 503-313-4486

Someone going to the stairs today? Right now??

To experience the best at this place you need to take the trail from the overlook off of Chapman Hwy on the left side of the quarry. It’s rugged and secluded back there and would probably rank as difficult in many places.
Other reviewers are right though that the other people in the area aren’t always the best, but I know a few places to go to avoid them for the most part.

Pretty hard hike, but so worth it! It was much fun!

Loved this trail! The beginning is pretty steep, but definitely manageable. When you get toward the top its gets a bit difficult. My boyfriend and I brought our puppy, so he couldn’t walk the whole way up. Luckily he is only 3 lbs. so we could pass him back and forth and catapulted him down between the rocks. Definitely would not take a dog alone, but its possible with two people who are comfortable handling the dog. The view was incredible!

It’s such a beautiful view

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

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

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

Great hike, totally recommend. We had difficulty finding it the first couple times we went, and if you ask the park rangers they will not tell you how to get there, but we did get lucky with one ranger who told us exactly, and it was great fun.

Well worth the drive and a great hike for children. The swinging bridge and falls made it well worth the trip. We had a 70 year old and a 7 year old and the hike was enjoyable for all.

hiking
15 days ago

No words for this trail. Had an amazing time.

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.

Nice trails, main trails well traveled and wide; would have liked more blazes along the trail. Some overlooks were narrow and not well defined. Some had great views, others had views obscured by trees. Nice swimming near the nature center and suspension bridge. Very crowded after lunch - especially by the bridge and at the main falls. Get there early and you'll practically have the trails to yourself.

Drastic Incline but worth the views.

Hello! I’m coming to O’ahu with my friend in September, curious about the Anchor Church entrance point if anyone has any info on it! Radiantrunner87@gmail.com

backpacking
20 days ago

This fantastic trail offers amazing views and interesting views of rock formations, I can wait to go back after the leaves change colors. Saw the biggest rattle snake I have ever seen after climbing up a set of rock stairs, at least 5 feet long. I would not recommend children under 8 on this trail as it gets very narrow with massive drop offs toward the end.

hiking
20 days ago

We thought this would be a nice afternoon hike to finish up a good day of hiking. Well, the first mile is pretty decent and on a trail. Once you leave the trail to head to the eagles nest you basically crawl through the woods running into spider webs every 2 feet. Besides being attacked by spiders we saw several bear scratch marks, foot prints and bear poop but luckily no bears. Once we got to the eagles nest there was only one mile left so we thought: well, this can only get better! If only we’d known.. we we’re running all over the place on top of the cliff trying to follow the trail map to get down to the river. After an hour of unsuccessfully walking in circles trying to find a way down we decided to backtrack and find our own way down to the river. This part got super sketchy because there was no trail but a lot of slippery and moving stones. After we found the „trail“ again and we hit the river we were able to enjoy the view. The river is actually really pretty, we didn’t care about the caves anymore. All in all I would not do this hike again and I would not recommend it to anyone.

And FIY: there is no waterfall. Just something that seemed to be one a long time ago.

Pretty decent hike. The staircase is not part of the official trails so we had to check the map a couple of times because we got a bit lost. Other than that was pretty easy. We had some nice views but the staircase itself was not that overwhelming.

Short trail to get to the Cloud Splitter but it was an aggressive incline. The rock scramble at the top was fun and reminded me of climbing Yosemite sub dome. View was great. Some stupid hikers left a smoldering camp fire at the top.

We did this trail with our children aged 3, 6 and 9. They did great and loved it. The waterfall is gorgeous and the splash pool and creek were very to nice to wade in. Gorgeous foliage.

Very cool trail and scenery. We only walked to arch-did not do whole loop.

It’s a 1.5 mile loop. Very family friendly. It’s pretty easy; I’m out of shape, but I survived well and would do it again. We did find that if you enter the trail and come back out from the entrances by the bathrooms, it is easier. The other entrance to the trail has a lot of steps. We started there, and looked around and did fine. But probably would have avoided the steps because of my youngest son, had we known. We had a 3 and a 4.5 year old with us, and they did amazing. Perfect kid friendly hike! All in all, great trail and beautiful scenery!

Planning to hike this sometime between sept 20-30. If anyone is interested or know of a guide, let me know at ktgozalka@gmail.com thanks!

hiking
27 days ago

Great time hiking. Beautiful views. I would definitely do it again.

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