Explore the most popular no dogs trails in Honolulu Watershed Forest Reserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

I climbed the stairs Sun, May 20th for the 252nd time. I’ll hike again in a couple days.

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.


Hiked both days this past weekend and a couple weekdays last week as well. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It was windy and/or rainy a couple of the days but no issues as we had the right gear. 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 and check out @mike.karas on instagram or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Got busted this morning by a cop patrolling at 4 am.. anyone know of a good way up Instagram me please!! @bellebrown88

Trying to do this hike Memorial Day. Looking for some hikers to join, if interested pls email me!

It’s an awesome trail that quickly takes you away into the thick Hawaiian jungle to get lost.

Hiked today! Hiking again this weekend. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! Going to be windy. If you're looking to hike and want to link up feel free to reach out to me @mike.karas on instagram or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Challenging but rewarding. Only saw two other people on the trail. Bring lots of water and snacks.

Taking the legal way up today, attempted to do the stairs this morning and there is a police officer posted and waiting in the neighborhood.

Any tips email me at megan_huffstetler@hotmail.com

Such a fun adventure! This hike can get muddy but so worth it!
Tons of little side trails to add to the adventure. The falls were beautiful and worth every bit. Unexpectedly found King Kamehameha III summer place. What a find! So glad we did this one.

Hi Guys! Dying to do this hike tomorrow 17th or 18th of may. I would like to meet someone who will be doing this hike. Please send me an e-mail b.bekir@outlook.com

Will be hiking up May 20th early morning. pls email me bernie071492@yahoo.com

Wondering if anyone wants to go up Early Saturday morning?
ig: jjred7

Hey guys! I’m looking for anyone that would be interested to hike up the Haiku Stairs on May 20th early morning start. Message me on Instagram @kristoffpin

Loved it! Pretty sure you can take the marked way with the actual hiker man sign. We ended up going left from when you enter the trail, to the right of us was a bamboo forest and then you reach a “government gate no trespassing” very easy to follow the gate until it’s open (we went right ) but it seems to meet up with the “normal” trail anyway. Very muddy must wear water shoes. You are able to bathe/swim in the bottom of the falls

Amazing and hard hike, unfortunately no view on the top. We lost our camera on the way to the top (counterclockwise route). The camera is a Panasonic Lumix. If found, please call: (808)-224-6158.

fairly easy hike to the waterfall, all be it wet and muddy. Many different routes to take, I went left from the parking lot. about 2 hours out and back.

Anybody interested in climbing the stairs Wednesday morning? 9th May. Was thinking about going up the stairs and down the back way.


Beautiful views of the creek and waterfall, also interesting changes in vegetation along the way. We got lost a couple of times and my less athletic friends and family found this trail difficult. Trail veers off many times and often hard to tell which way to go. Ultimately following the creek up and it will eventually lead you to the falls.

Beautiful hike, muddy and wet but worth it

After reading all the reviews we decided to wear water shoes for this hike...and so glad we did! The parking lot was littered with peoples destroyed shoes and hiking boots. Since we had water shoes on, we were able to embrace the mud and walk in the stream (which is required at some points). We really loved this hike! It was beautiful and unique. A little hard to find to find the trail head at first but just keep referring to the app map and you'll get on track. Definitely do this one!

Looking to do this hike with my drone someday between 18/5 and 21/5 hoping to find a hiking buddy or two.
31 year old Aussie male, get in contact with me nortonshannon@hotmail.com

hiked the stairs using only the 2 am moonlight to guide my way. what an unforgettable experience!

Great hike. Getting more popular with heavier traffic. Beautiful waterfall and worth the short hike.

22 days ago

Very fun and the waterfall is definitely worth it! Be prepared to get muddy and wet. The kids loved it though, even my one year old who rode in a hiking baby backpack. The kids could swim in the pool of the falls and baby could wade in the water. Make sure to bring a friend!

We have been a few times and loved it! They recently put up huge fences and signs to keep out. I'm sure you can find your way around but we weren't willing to risk it!

Hi there,

I'm planning on doing the Haiku Stairs tomorrow 30th April. Anyone else interested in joining. You can email me at vgupt93@gmail.com. Weather is looking to be good!

Cheers all.

Loved the waterfall at the end. Even though it was lightly raining, very muddy, tons of roots & rocks, I would definitely do it again. Very beautiful.

The Komatsu tractors have tried to reclaim the watershed with warning hazard signs and fences, but most tourists and locals are still able to just walk around it, but be careful you don't fall on your trip!

Nice little trail with an unexpectedly impressive water fall. Be careful as the trail can become quite muddy.

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