Basically a straight stair climb up with little variation, but the views at the top are pretty great. Its rough but possible, just take your time (plenty of tight spots to stop and take a breather) and bring a lot of water as there is zero share except for cloud cover.

There's one point about ⅓ way up where you walk along the tracks that are about 10-15 feet above the ground, so if you don't like heights like me you can take the trail to the right (as you go up) that's a bit rocky but will connect back to the trail right after it gets back to solid ground.

When you get to the top be sure to go up the rocks on the right to get to the pillboxes and the better views.

There are restrooms and water in the parking lot before the trail.

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2 days ago

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3 days ago

Did this August 2015. Was a rookie hiker at that point and it was intense. Still one of my favorites!

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5 days ago

great cardio workout and worth the prize at the top

One of my favorite hikes in Oahu

Great hike up and awesome views! Be sure footed getting down.

Great hike up and awesome views! Be sure footed getting down.

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6 days ago

Great hike up and awesome views! Be sure footed getting down.

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7 days ago

Made the trek this morning at sunrise to the arch, and the view was gorgeous! Definitely worth the wake up call. Climbed atop the arch for a better view, and the climb up the arch is a little sketchy. It looks like there may have been a rope at one point, but no more. Didn't attempt the trek to the top of the crater today, but would like to attempt it eventually.

From the front of some very beautiful plumeria, move on the 2 mile circle through dead trees and dry dead brush, to a palm marked as a pine onto uneven and unsafe large stone walking path with sand to fill the scraps as you stumble and fall. Great trail for the imagination - you can only imagine getting off the trail and leaving. Don't waste your time here.

Aloha! I do various hikes and photos out here on the island. Feel free to check out/message me on my Instagram mike.karas or shoot me an email at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com if interested!