Haiku Stairs [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY]

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Haiku Stairs [CLOSED / PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 3.9 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 3.9 km Elevation Gain: 794 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

closed

private property

fee

no dogs

NOTE: This trail is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC and violators/trespassers are SUBJECT TO $1000 FINES, COMMUNITY SERVICE, BENCH WARRANTS, AND/OR ARREST. If you receive a citation you will be required to appear in court. PLEASE NOTE: The act of being ON the stairs is ILLEGAL and trespassing on government property. A powerful storm passed over the island of Oahu on in 2015 which caused significant damage to the stairway itself, rendering it dangerous and unusable. Hikers MUST be mindful of neighborhood residents who live in this area. Noise complaints, parking violations and exiting the trail via residential properties will result in a fine. The ONLY LEGAL WAY to get to the TOP of the Haiku Stairs can be found here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/hawaii/moanalua-valley-trail-to-the-haiku-stairs-stairway-to-heaven. Again, it is ILLEGAL to be on the HAIKU Stairs at any point along the route.

hiking
1 day ago

Anyone interested in teaming up for this hike between Oct 21-24? Looking for a group or guide who will be available during this time. DM on Insta @ryancastrephoto

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closed
muddy
off trail
over grown
private property
scramble
5 days ago

I hiked this last week. It was Epic. I did the stairs on the way up and on the way down. I was the only one that went up and down the stairs that day. I wanted to go the "illegal way". Sorry, but going up the hike is not the same experience as climbing those stairs. It was amazing and totally worth the potential risk. I went at 9am. I walked through the main gate. I originally planned to walk right on up the guard and hope he was cool. Once I walked through the gate, I changed my mind and cut through the Bamboo forest. There are paths all throughout and they eventually all wind to the stairs. It was magnificent. On the way down, the guard changed his location to where I couldn't see him. He definitely tried to catch me. Once I ran back through the forest, he drove down the road to where he knew it came out. I hid from him. It made me glad that I had avoided him in the first place. The stairs were physically hard. If sneaking past a guard and climbing up wet, steep stairs into the clouds intimidates you, then you should not do it. If you are fit and adventurous, this is for you! I tried to document most of the story on my Instagram highlights @michaelhardle

hiking
5 days ago

Hi guys! I will be in Oahu from 12th to 15th October with my boyfriend and we would love to do this hike. We are aware of fines and risks but we would like to do it anyway. Anyone around willing to join us on this hike on any of these days? Also, do you know about any guide that could take us up there? My Instagram is @camilamruiz Thanks!

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muddy
16 days ago

Hello, If anyone wants to do haiku by the legal path, i can show the way up email me : ka.nene@hotmail.com

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private property
18 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Hands down the best hike I have ever done. Let me start with the obvious. Yes, it is technically illegal. That being said, unless you are venturing outside the stairs/railings, have an extreme fear of heights, are out of shape, or have heart issues, this is a very safe yet extraordinary hike! My experience personally. I parked right by the front main gate at 7:30am on 9/16/19 on a busy Monday morning and walked up the road right past the guard. I waved, smiled, and said good morning. He barely acknowledged me so I proceeded to the stairs. Now to the stairs. They are in great shape! The only sketchy section damaged is near the bottom and is very easy to navigate over and there is no fall risk (just don’t roll an ankle). From there it was 1.5 hours up to the top (think stair master at a fast pace). I train 4-5 times per week so those in moderate shape should plan for 2 hours and then 2+ for those doing this off the couch! It is an intense quad/hammy workout! It also helps if you have a strong grip as some sections are more vertical like a ladder so hang on tight! Once I reached the summit, I met up with a few others, took some footage, then descended down. 1 hour down to the bottom. When I reached the bottom the guard was gone so I took the main road back out only to find the police at the main entrance. At that point I walked right past the police cruiser on my way out, the officer and I exchanged waves and good mornings and I went on my way. I spotted 2 German women hiding out in the bushes 100 yards down the road fearful of the cop and amazed I just walked right by him and said hi. I know they can write $1,000 fines but being respectful and friendly goes a long way. Words of advice. -Don’t go in the middle of night and wake up all the neighbors. Also, stay off their property. These people all take very good care of their homes and will be very nice to you if you are too. I had multiple folks wave to me and say good morning as I walked in and out. Seriously, the aloha is real if you show respect. -Train for this hike so you don’t get destroyed. It’s 3 miles and 4,000 steps up a mountain side. It’s exhausting stuff for even a trained conditioned athlete. -Bring 2-3 Liters for hydration. I brought 2 20oz gatorades and 3 waters and ended up only needing 2 gatorades and a water and I gave the rest to other hikers who didn’t pack enough. Nothing worse than being thirsty in 90 degree heat and humidity, halfway up a mountain side. Overall, you have the make the call. I was fully prepared to pay the $1,000 plus attorney fees to have a lawyer show to court on my behalf. And a final note: To those suggesting to take the back “legal way”, I suggest you go on YouTube and actually watch the entire hike. Once on the ridge it is very dangerous and multiple people have died attempting it as there are crosses along the path. I personally would rather pay the $1,000 and be safe than risk death.

hiking
1 month ago

Does anyone want to join me next week? First time doing this hike but so down to do this. I want to be up there before sunrise. Flying in next week and available on 9/18-21 and 23. IG: brenda_marqz

hiking
1 month ago

Anyone will go there on Friday or Saturday? If someone who already did it and wanna go up again please send a message. zamkitti@gmail.com

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muddy
no shade
1 month ago

Climbing up stairway to Heaven was like walking in the sky. On 9/18/18 i had the privilege to hike the most incredible, terrifying, most hardest and gorgeous hike I’ve ever done. It’s a 9-10miles hike; it’s muddy, rope climbing and steep incline. We started at 7am and finished at 3:30pm. My guide provided me with spikes and gloves which was super helpful. I didn’t want to risk getting fined or lost since i went solo to Hawaii. IG: the.sophia.gonzalez

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible. Only do from the legal route entrance.

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private property
1 month ago

Off the Checklist. Too many stories to type here. Go early and try to beat the guard. There was a chopper and it got us shit scared. But it was probably a tourist helicopter. you will be very thrilled and when you go at the top. "Wish you were here" Sit on the too and enjoy. go early and experience stairs going through clouds. Get good glowes. Broken stairs are marked well. Cops do circle at the bottom near the houses. Hopefully you dont find any.

hiking
1 month ago

Haven’t done this but looking for a small group/guide to go on this hike on one of the dates from October 19th - October 23rd, 2019. DM me on insta @1davidmei

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closed
muddy
over grown
private property
1 month ago

Awesome hike, got in very easy. The gate was open so I just walked through, then I took the bamboo forest path that lead me to the hiking trail. The security guard is there but he's not gonna stop you. I used 1.5 liters of water but I recommend bringing 2.5-3 liters. To leave the trail is the same method as you got in. If the gate is closed don't worry there is a hole on the left side to get out. Try not to make noise or disturb the neighborhood.

hiking
1 month ago

Haven’t done this but am going down this week with a group of 10 people. Looking for a guide, have always wanted to do this hike and would love to be shown the way. You can message me on insta if that works @cwaltcrad

hiking
1 month ago

Wanting to hike up the stairs for the sunrise tomorrow morning (8/21) for my birthday. Has anyone done it recently? What was the cop/security situation? message me on my insta if you want to join! rachel_wilson3

hiking
1 month ago

I'll be in town from August 22th-29th. I did this hike 3 years with another person I met up on here, but I definitely wanna do it again. I will need another guide so if anyone is down to go and can lead me to the stairs, please message me on IG dongkyuverymuch or email me at ddkim326@gmail.com

hiking
1 month ago

Hi everyone! I plan on doing this hike pretty soon. I will be in Oahu between the 27 and the 4 of september and would love to get up there with some people. Please message me if someone want to go up there between those days and we could meet at the beginning! Try it last year by the Moanalua Valley trail but didn't make it all the way to the top cause my girlfriend and I got lost near the top... So this time i'm really pumped to do it! Email me at jfdemers1184@gmail.com or write me on my Instagram geedee.84 Aloha!

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike, def do ur research on how to get through the forest & bamboo forest, how to avoid the guards and how to make it out during the night, along with how to get home safely. If you’re coming down the mountain with flashlights, some locals may try to laser you down, don’t be scared, it’s just locals trying to mess with you, but do be careful On the other hand, if you come across Mountain Matt/Mathew be advised. He may come off nice in the beginning, but once he gets paid, he is a absolute dick. He puts this whole persona on, for no reason. We didn’t use him as a guide & he tried to “scare us” on the way down. Making it seem like we would get caught and tried to take money from us to take us down “safely” don’t get fooled. He is a thief If you want a guide, message mike.karas or go with a local that knows the in’s and out We did this hike around 3pm and ended the hike around 8-9pm, going through the forest was easy during the day, look for the ribbons, we took the main entrance back down, there was no Gaurd

hiking
2 months ago

I climbed the stairs 2 days ago around 7 am with two of my friends. We used one of the 3 entry, no cops, easy to find. That was one of my favorite experience I did in my life. I'll do it again and again no matter the fine.

hiking
2 months ago

Really really really looking to do this hike, early morning of August 16. Flying in from California. Any help?

hiking
2 months ago

An absolutely gorgeous, heart pumping hike that takes you almost 2600 feet straight up. It's not for the faint of heart or those out of shape, but I have seen tourists complete it in jeans. The first 45 minutes are the worse but it's worth the burn and shaky legs. I've gone 3 times and intend on going more. Side note: I've gone up 3 times, each with friends and had lost tourists tag along and each time they have suggested I do it for money

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