hiking

birding

forest

views

nature trips

walking

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running

river

waterfall

dogs on leash

no dogs

My fiancé and I just completed this climb. We loved it. The trail is marked pretty well, which was a huge plus. The trail starts out easy; a mix between paved, gravel and dirt. Then comes a more muddy section. After that you come to a point with an arrow and H painted in green on a rock. At this point the trail will level up in difficulty. The trail is marked with pink ribbons. When you come to a tree with two pick ribbons on it you’ll notice the left trail has a dramatic increase in incline. At this point you’ve reached the final and most difficult portion of the climb. 70 degree incline with ropes, mud and drop offs if you lose your balance. The path is incredibly narrow as you are literally following a ridge to the top; on most of this route you can’t even put your feet side by side. At the top you’ll see a sign that tells you it’s the end of trail with one of the most amazing views. Definitely a hard climb but the pay off is worth it. Never seen a view like that in my life.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Saturday, July 21st for the 274rd 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

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Saturday, July 21st for the 274rd 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

Aloha! I will be hiking almost every day this week and this weekend too! Had an awesome time hiking this past weekend and last week 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.

Aloha! I will be hiking almost every day this week and this weekend too! Had an awesome time hiking this past weekend and last week 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.

Went with a group of friends, loved the hike..... but definitely not for the faint of heart. This is the most difficult hike I have done on island, and I feel it the next day. Do it when it isn’t raining

Hello all! I will be in Hawaii from August 14 to 21. I would like to climb this mountain. If somebody has experience and want to hike it with me please let me know IG: aldocarrion email: aldocarrion88@gmail.com

Hey everyone I just completed this hike today on the legal side with my brother in law and one of my best friends. And let me tell you I still got to see everything I wanted to see on this hike and it was well worth it...overall the trails weren’t to bad however... there is a lot of climbing up I would recommend bringing gloves as well as a lot of water and of course food. For the most part the trails were pretty clear today a few muddy spots but overall nothing to crazy. I definitely recommend this hike if you’re looking for a once in a lifetime view as well as challenging yourself. And if you don’t want a fine the legal way is the best way to go! - Michael

went to do this trail the first time and had trouble finding it , the second time I tried to find it I couldn't believe I had missed it lol .

followed the other comments directions, keeping left along the trail, and found it with ease.

beautiful place and glad to have experienced it, was a little hesitant at first due to it being a sacred place but we were respectful.

went to try and look for the waterfall but my friend started hearing noises and we saw a seat pad like thing nailed to a tree and we got creeped out and made our way briskly to the exit.

Great hike. Easy for the first few miles. Then an immediate uphill climb up the finger of the mountain. You get to the top and then walk along the ridge to get to the stairs. Very challenging. Bring food and water. Very stretchy going back down the mountain. Overall solid adventure. You will be smoked at the end of this hike.

Beautiful hike! Very muddy, and part of the trail is closed due construction but it’s still very doable. Follow the gravel road straight down instead of veering left and it will take you around to the trailhead. Would recommend going early, as the falls get crowded.

Plan on attempting this on Tuesday morning July 17. If anyone cares to join hit me up at dleible@satx.rr.com.

beautiful rainforest, flowers and waterfalls, no crowds!! love this hike. be sure and and go to the ruins and the waterfalls. it took us about 2 hours. but we stopped to take many pictures.

great hike. very muddy but totally worth it. besides the start of the trail where you have to enter thru a hole in a fence off of Pali highway, you have to get around 2 other fences. take the first trail directly on the left and you will get to the first fence, go right along the fence and duck thru a few trees to get to a wide open field with breathtaking views. after walking across the field and up to the gravel road you will approach a dead end with another short fence. make your way around that fence also to the right and climb the short muddy hill where most of the hike begins. you will ultimately follow the stream up to the waterfall. you will have to cross the stream 2 or 3 times but it's great fun. waterfall is beautiful. round trip it takes about an hour. highly recommended. just be prepared for both feet to be completely drenched in water and mud.

Hit the stairs this afternoon, super chill climb. My favorite place to go every time I visit the island. Will probably be going a couple more times next week before I leave. Hmu if you're trying to come with IG: @peculiarmo
Sidenote: don't take the suggestions off of the web and go between the ungodly hours of 2-6 am. People are trying to sleep and dogs will bark when you're making your way in. Most of the security guards are chill and if they're not, just climb around.

Hiking the 3.5 miles to the first peak, Ka’inawa’au Nui Summit, is peaceful and beautiful. I went during the week and only saw one other person the entire day. As mentioned many times before, DEFINITELY wear pants. Mine were pretty much destroyed by the time I was done but better them than my legs. However, the reason I feel compelled to write this review is to give a heads up about the last part of the trail, the section from the Ka'inawa'au Summit to Lanipo Summit...
I DO NOT recommend hiking this part of the trail unless you are a very experienced hiker! It is EXTREMELY overgrown, so bad that I wasn't even sure there was a trail there at all and had to use my hands to clear away vegetation the entire time just to be sure that my foot would land on earth, and not thick roots disguising a sheer drop off the side of the mountain. This, and the fact that the ridge is very narrow, very steep, and the winds can be very strong up there make it extremely sketchy. Also, the plants are so overgrown that their are vines constantly wrapping around your ankles and threatening to trip you as you make your way, which adds another element of danger to the mix.
The views from the first summit are beautiful, and getting there is quite an accomplishment in itself, and although clouds and wind rolled in while I was making the final ascent to Lanipo Summit, I cannot imagine that the views could have been any better than at Ka'inawa'au had it been clear. Unless someone does some major clearing of the trail, it is simply not worth the danger and difficulty to do the last part in my opinion.
This being said, the rest of the trail has spectacular views from the beginning, and a nice mix of ascending and descending sections that help you not get too worn out during the 7+ mile roundtrip hike.
The whole thing is overgrown though, so just be extra diligent about only stepping on the path because some sections offer a false sense of security when actually there is a small area that is solid ground.
Overall it's a moderate hike until the very end, and really nice, but I regret attempting the final quarter mile section and highly recommend sticking to the first summit.

Love this hike! Little sad that construction has made it harder to get to the main trail but still completely worth it. A lot of people we met on the way seem to have gotten lost on the way. Think I’ll bring some ribbon to mark the trail next time I go.

The best hiking in my life

We did this yesterday- it rained and what was an extremely difficult trail became even more intense. Be aware that the suck factor goes way up when it’s wet. The mud is extremely slippery and at some spots you’ll be using ropes to pull yourself up near vertical mud cliffs. The hike is easy for the first 2.5 miles although you will cross several streams (8-10) that if it’s been raining you will get your feet wet. Once you veer off the sanctioned trail it’s nothing but up for a couple of intense miles. One nice thing about doing it when it’s rainy is we got to view several beautiful waterfalls across the valley ... by the time we were coming back down they had already dried up. We are moderate hikers and we got to the top in about 3 hours and were back to the care with a total time of six hours. However we did pass a couple of younger groups (I’m 59 years old) who were on pace to take closer to 8 to 10 hours. If it’s been raining be aware that the trek back down is more treacherous than going up due to the mud and vertical drops of several hundred feet on either side of the trail..Also if you don’t like heights be aware that at some parts you’re going to be on ridges where the trail is less than 3 feet wide and drops several hundred feet on both side ... plus there will be a stiff wind! Overall great hike, not for the faint of heart, those out of shape or afraid of heights and mud! Glad we did it ... I see no reason to do it again.

Awesome hike, I went the back way the other day, it got pretty muddy and wet towards the top. If you have crampons that might help. I'm thinking of going this weekend. 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.

I went the other day, it got pretty muddy and wet towards the top. If you have crampons that might help. I'm thinking of going this weekend. 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.

Trail totally overgrown. Made it in a little ways then totally lost the trail and gps didn’t help. Trail is gone.

I will be in Hawái in September between the 13-20 and would like to do the stairs. Any tips?
Thank you. Please feel free to email vargasgustavo89@gmail.com

Mission accomplished. We started in Moanalua Valley this morning and ended our hike climbing down the stairs. It wasn’t the ideal conditions for most people. But our group is not like most people. Definitely need be extremely careful on this trail. Awesome hike in the clouds! Would definitely do this one again.

Great hike with gorgeous waterfalls at the end. I have done this many times and will again.

did stairs up, this way down few days ago, nice views at halfways, but once in the clouds/fog, cannot see anything, only mists and wind, extrem hike, some parts are very muddy, and unavoidable, this is a never forgotten experience. after this one, I didn't even feel like to do that koko crater railway anymore cause I feel that just cannt top this at all, hell, nothing would top this one in Oahu.

I hiked this trail to the top on 25th June, bout 2 weeks ago. The weather had been pretty bad the previous few days with frequent rainfall and the trail was so slippery and muddy. I came totally unprepared with shorts, running shoes and a water bottle. This was the first hike i had ever done and it was really challenging at afew parts of this trail especially because of the mud and the slippery rocks. *IMPT* Bring gloves, proper hiking shoes and a windbreaker if you want to try this hike. The ropes were so slippery due to the mud and rain there were many times i had put my life at risk. Also the winds get stronger higher up and its hard to keep your balance on the narrow paths that drop to about 500feet if u lose your balance. Exercise caution and be very very careful, a tip would be to always have a hold of the plants at the sides of the trail so you dont slip. I was pretty unlucky as it also started raining while i was hiking up and it made it alot harder. I personally find the haiku stairs so much safer and easier compared to this trail. Overall, when i made it to the top it was all worth it, the hardship experienced on the trail made me feel all the more fulfilled. Me and my friends were drinking till 2am and started this hike at 4am with 2 hours rest. Pls dont be stupid like us, have proper rest and come prepared, we could have put ourselves in deep shit and im so lucky i came out of this unscathed.

Beautiful waterfall hike.

hiking
14 days ago

Gave 4 stars because it is actually an alright walk.
Like other comments, you will find many slippery and muddy areas. I would recommend bring shoes with considerable grip and or shoes you don’t want to get to ruined eg don’t bring your road running shoes. View at the end is unique, you find yourself surrounded by the mountains with a view of the city to your front.
Distance is fine. It’s makes for a nice afternoon walk with plenty of over hanging canopy to shade you from the sun.

I am very impressed. The nature and the wildlife was just amazing. Clean water and no people. One of my favorite waterfall trails.
Also I would like to say thank you to a person who marked the trail, very helpful.

Load More