Explore the most popular walking 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.

Definitely longer than 9 miles. Extremely muddy! Spikes are recommended. Plan on getting dirty!!! Roughly four hours each way and that wasn’t moving slow at all, we didn’t take many breaks and didn’t spend much time at the top.

Great trail with some stunning views! A must do on Oahu. Bottom up in 59 minutes is totally possible when the trails are dry. Still saw some people who are scared of heights!!!! So if you are scared of heights, its not recommended to go there! Don’t forget that reaching the summit is only half of the rent 

Hiking both days this weekend and hiked both days last weekend 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Hiking both days this weekend and hiked both days last weekend 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

Nice waterfall. It was raining so it was pretty muddy.

Such a cool hike. Thinking of going the "legal" backway Monday. If interested message me on Instagram @Angelo_Q or email chicolo@hotmail.com

Such a cool hike. Thinking of going Monday. If interested message me on Instagram @Angelo_Q or email chicolo@hotmail.com

I hiked this 5/24 and let me start out by saying: what an epic and glorious adventure. Not for the faint heart. I absolutely enjoyed every moment of this hike to the stairs and I would do it again in a heart beat. Myself along with 2 other groups decided to be rebels and descended down the stairs. Luckily we did not have any run INS with a guard. If you're planning on going, bring gloves with good grips, good hiking shoes, spikes, water, a small snack, and dont forget your camera. The closer I got to the top, the windier it became, started raining at some sections as the clouds moved in, and the MUDDIER it got. Be prepared to get dirtied. If you want more info or tips, email me and I'll sum it up from beginning to end for you charmie91@gmail.com.

very diverse trail. ridges and water and tunnels. beautiful.

This trail is epic, way better than doing the stairs and worrying about getting caught. Both are extremely dangerous and for skilled hikers only. Bring gloves and water also be prepared to get covered in mud.

This is a great hike. Might hit up the backway Saturday or Sunday morning depending on which day it's not calling for rain by Friday. if interested reach out to me on Instagram: @Angelo_Q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com

This hike is incredible! It had been on our bucket list for quite some time! We just put all of our photos and tips together. Hopefully this will help anyone that wants to do this hike!

http://thatadventurelife.com/2018/05/22/moanalua-valley-middle-ridge-trail/

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.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

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.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

Trying to do this hike this weekend for the first time 5/25-5/28. Looking to join a group or hike with a couple people. Email/DM me jhutch_one@yahoo.com or @jenniferhutchins

For any of those interested. I am planning this hike on either 5/24 or 5/25. This will be my and my GF's first attempt. email me: deadecaydead.j@gmail.com would love to get a group together.

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

Breathtaking! Was incredible seeing what Oahu really has to offer. Strongly recommend speaking with @mike.karas on instagram to help you out.

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

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

I’ll be on Oahu June 12-17th. Looking for the Heavenly Hike experience without the stress of a huge fine! Looking to join a group if anyone is going as well, I don’t think my mom or sister could handle the hike unfortunately... but I’d love to do this hike with a buddy. DM on Instagram if interested!! @jess.ripp

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

We had a hard time finding it, but if you park right off the Pali walk down the road that’s next to the parking lot, follow it down through the tunnel of trees. When the road bends, there will be an opening on the left. You can’t see the sign it’s in the bushes. After your on the trail a minute, take a left at the first fork it goes up slightly. After another 5-10 minutes there will be another fork. Left again and it will be shortly after that. Be mindful, don’t touch or stand on structures. It’s a historic site. Be respectful and remember it’s a quiet area.

Great long hike accidentally took this trail trying to go towards kulanaahane but went up instead of straight!! Don’t be afraid to get wet or muddy it’s more dangerous to avoid the mud than to just go right through it

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

Amazing!!!!!

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

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