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 heavily 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.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3051 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

muddy

old growth

over grown

rocky

scramble

washed out

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.

hiking
2 days ago

Aloha! I will be hiking this weekend. 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
2 days ago

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Monday, June 25th for the 264th time.

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

hiking
4 days ago

It was a great trail! Beautiful! Except, I am no experienced hiker. I was about to be killed on this trail. I should have read postings on this site before trying to hike this trail. My student, an experienced hiker, thought I could do this (why? I am not sure). I showed up in shorts and sleeveless shirt, on walking shoes, without wind jacket, gloves, nor spikes. It was a wet, cloudy, and windy day. The trail was extremely slippery. The only reason I got out of this live was God who watched over me!

Nonetheless, this was a beautiful trail. I was afraid being caught by the guard, so even though I really wanted to come down the stairs instead of retracing the trail, we came down the trail legally. It was an experience I won't forget for the rest of my life! There won't be a next time, but if there is... I would definitely be better prepared with proper shoes, spikes, gloves, and a wind jacket!

9 days ago

Going to try and accomplish this tomorrow. Anyone else going ? Email me at anthonyc1492@gmail.com

13 days ago

http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/index.php?threads/daylenn-moke-pua-missing-from-oahu-island-hi-27-feb-2015-age-18.5995/

13 days ago

Most amazing hike of my life.

hiking
14 days ago

Flying in from California on Wednesday. Planning to do this hike on Thursday or Friday ( 6/14 or 6/15). Would love it if someone that did this hike before would join us. Will pay for your coffee. @nellygoing on insta

hiking
14 days ago

my wife and i will be hiking on tuesday. would be awesome if someone who had done the hike before joined us

hiking
14 days ago

my wife and i will be hiking on tuesday. would be awesome if someone who had done the hike before joined us

16 days ago

Im looking to hike up tomorrow! Would love someone whos done it before to occupancy me. A group would be ideal.

hiking
17 days ago

Trying to join an adventure group 6/8 or 6/9 to brave the Moanalua Valley trail to Haiku Stairs. If anyone is well versed in this hike and can be a guide, DM me on Instagram @tomogachii

hiking
20 days ago

Probably the hardest, and coolest hike I've ever done! Make sure you do your homework before you go, it's very easy to miss the trail.

I would definitely suggest bringing gloves as some of the ropes are old and rough and you have to depend on them a lot. Also, my wife and I didn't wear microspikes on the way up, but did on the way down, and it made it much less scary! Bring microspikes. We saw a woman coming up the trail in flip flops and a swim suit and I assume they had to turn around. Come prepared! Plan on it taking around 8 hours found trip. We spent about an hour on the stairs, and even that felt like it wasn't enough! Such an incredible place.

hiking
20 days ago

According to alltrails logged recordings, the number one most recorded is Koko Crater Stairs at 992.
2. Diamond ‘Leahi’ Head- 880
3. Manoa Falls- 762
4. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge State Trail- 582
5. Aiea Loop State Trail- 565
6. Lulumahu Falls - 560
7. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse- 550
8. Maunawili Falls - 502
9. Kaiwa Pillbox - 500
10. Waimano Falls- 405

hiking
26 days ago

This trail is extremely hard but the views are totally worth it! I wouldn’t recommend this hike if you aren’t in the best shape. There are many steep inclines where you are mostly relying on a rope to get you up. It is VERY MUDDY! bring extra clothes and shoes for after the hike.

hiking
27 days ago

Amazing views! We went when there was a lot of cloud cover. It was a nice reprieve from the heat, BUT made everyhig really slimy and slippery. Quite sketchy at times especially with all the wind. It would probably be wise to bring climbing spikes. I would rather just take the stairs next time. I honestly feel like this path is far more dangerous.

hiking
28 days ago

Definitely not for your every day adventure. Plan on steep inclines with mud everywhere and shear drops to both sides. Do not do this trail if you are afraid to fall off of a cliff. If you plan on doing this at night, it is pretty good because you don’t get to look at exactly how scary this one is. Getting up to the top of the stairs is phenomenal and definitely something I am glad that we did.

28 days ago

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.

trail running
30 days ago

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
30 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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/

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Planning on doing this hike for the fest time may 19th with my sister (both army and fit) in the afternoon to evening then camping out for the sunrise. Message me at mecaraon@csbsju.edu if you want to join

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail! Expect to get wet and muddy this time of year. Once I got towards the top I was in the clouds and it was super windy and rainy, so the trail was a little slick, but if you pick a day after some decent sunshine it should hopefully dry up. Expect to take a good 4-5 hours to get to the stairs and back, depending on your pace. The stairs were beautiful though!

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a very challenging hike. Pack snacks, water, gloves, and a camera because the views at the top are amazing. Bringing a change of clothes for afterwards is probably a good idea since it can be a muddy trail depending on the weather. Overall it was a great time.. thanks to the three Marines that guided me!

1 month ago

It was incredibly breath taking.
I would be careful to not go on a rainy day as it can be very slick. There are areas to climb rope up steep ledges, and it doesn’t get too bad because of that.
Make sure to take plenty of water, socks, camera, and snacks.
It’s a long haul that’s worth it in the end!

1 month ago

Amazing hike. Very long, with some near vertical and very narrow parts, that can all be muddy and slippery. But completely worth it if you are up for it. Fantastic views throughout and really interesting terrain to navigate.

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