Moanalua Valley Trail to the Haiku Stairs (Stairway To Heaven)

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Moanalua Valley Trail to the Haiku Stairs (Stairway To Heaven) is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

9.3 miles
3667 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



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PLEASE NOTE: The act of being ON the Haiku stairs at any point along the route is trespassing on government property. 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. The ONLY way to LEGALLY hike TO the Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) starts at the Moanalua Valley Road trail and proceeds to shoot off to the left at about 2.5 miles. Though it is by far the easiest way up, it still has some sections of near vertical, rope and muddy sections. Use caution when hiking as this is a steep and sometimes muddy hike that has had injuries and fatalities. 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.

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4 days ago

anyone interested in hiking this between august 27-31? looking for an experienced buddy :D

5 days ago

When you see the second trailhead sign, cross the dry creek and then turn right for the ridge trail (I think there is a pink string on a tree) I got lost twice. Don't go to the right immediately of the sign (lots of tall grass) go back! Don't go to the left large trail when you cross the's a nice trail but it's not the ridge trail.
Next time, I will bring gloves for all the rope use :) besides those two things, it was an unbelievable experience. I'm hooked on ridge trails.
Also, there are these guava like yellow fruit...they are delicious! And I'm still alive today.
I did hike this solo too and survived. Thanks to a couple of people on the trail that let me tag with them. Aloha!!

10 days ago

Great hike! Demanding but worth the trip
Had an amazing guide. Contact venturealoha if your ever looking for a guided hike

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Very educational. The trail meanders back and forth across the creek so be prepared to cross those slippery rocks over and over again. Initially, I enjoyed it but it is about 4 miles of frequent crossing of you are completing the there and back. Great for leg days if you maintain those three points of contact when crossing.

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I'll be in Oahu august 14-16, but trying to do this hike around the 15th, early morning! If anyone is going around this time and wants to meet up to go, DM me @eyi.22 on IG!

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20 days ago

If you're interested in hiking Oahu shoot an email to and check my IG @VentureAloha

I've don't this hike numerous times and it's amazing and different every single time

21 days ago

This was one of my favorite hikes on the Island. Spectacular views of the valley and neighboring city (on a clear day). Trail begins about 2.5 miles beyond the green gate down the dirt road. You will cross many bridges that cross over small rocky streams before reaching the trail head that is marked and says "State of Hawaii" (don't start here) instead walk another 20 feet to the clear unmarked trail on the left (there's a huge rock you can't miss) where you will cross a dry riverbed. The trail starts ascending immediately. The first half of this trail is through the trees with amazing views of the valley. The real spectacular views begin once you clear the main tree line and are literally on the ridge of the mountain. NOT for the faint of heart. Bring tons of water and be prepared to get muddy. I advise bringing spiked shoes if you want to safely reach the summit. It gets VERY muddy towards the top given that the last hour of the hike is entirely in the clouds most of the year. Start your hike as early as possible because if you are hiking in the clouds towards the summit it really slows you down. Winds are super strong and visibility is low on a day with high humidity. All that being said the views and the adventure was like nothing else I have experienced and it is a MUST if you are a thrill seeker.

IMPORTANT: Tempting as it may be... DO NOT take the Haiku Stairs down the other side of the mountain. It is HIGHLY ILLEGAL, and the stairs start on guarded government property. There is a guard at the base of the stairs that will call the cops on you if you are seen and there is no public road at the base of the stairs. Take my advise and go back down the trail the way you came, safety first!

25 days ago

Anyone wants to trek tomorrow here? July 24?

27 days ago

I just did this trail with my husband last week, and spend quite some time looking at reviews beforehand. ABSOLUTELY do not go on a rainy day or on a day just after it rains! This trail is extremely dangerous... I dont think any of the reviews really highlight just how dangerous it is. Once you get into the summit and on the ridge, you are literally 3000 ft up walking on a 5 inch wide ridge, with extremely steep drops on either sides. The ground when wet is super slippery and the areas that have ropes are very dangerous. DO NOT rely on the ropes!! Use them as a back up, but dont put your entire weight on them! There were a couple ropes that were attached to a root thats barely attached to the mountain.

29 days ago

I'll be in Hawaii and have Aug 6th free to go. Text me 2016866977 and let me know you want to go on Aug 6th. I want to go super early Sunday Aug 6th?

1 month ago

The top is very muddy but so so worth the hike. We went up this trail than down the stair way. The stairs were the cherry on top. 3.5 hr up and about 45 min down the stairs. Great day!!