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.

9.3 miles
3051 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



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old growth

over grown



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.

12 hours ago

My wife and I did this hike today after reading numerous articles, reviews and comments here on all trails. It was an amazing experience. It is dry at the moment with only a few sections that are slightly slick but not muddy. The 2 steep rope sections are the only real challenges, otherwise there are narrow ridges with some loose dirt that require caution but are fine if you take care.
The hike requires some physical fitness but there were all types of people making their way up. The views at the top are amazing, both over to the stairs and back down the ridge. I imagine the hike would become very challenging and dangerous in the mud. In good conditions it is an awesome experience. Enjoy!

19 hours ago

Aloha! I do various guided hikes with photos on Oahu. I hike often/weekly. Hiked three times last week and I am going this week and weekend as well. Feel free to check out some examples of photos on my instagram @mike.karas. You can message me there or at

4 days ago

Anyone hiking on jan 15? Hit me up!! Dm me instagram @ianquino

5 days ago

I’m trying to do the stairs before 26th of Jan. If anyone is interested, add me or pm on Instagram @ DontFollow92

6 days ago

Anyone planning the like between jan 17 and 22? Thx,

7 days ago

Best hike ever. I’m from NY and this was my first time in Hawaii and my first hike in Hawaii. I’ve read a lot about the stairway to Heaven prior to my trip and this hike lives up to its potential! I will say it’s a go at your own risk hike, I’m pretty sure it’s actually illegal at this time to hike this trail and the stairs. But if anyone is interested in this hike just be extremely careful and bring a buddy! Don’t hike this alone.

9 days ago

Great day hike! A few areas were challenging and the weather can make it difficult! Use good hiking shoes, bring food and water, light if returning late, and gloves/shoe spikes. Respect the land and keep safe!

9 days ago

Aloha, friends!
2 or 3 of us want to hike to the stairs on 23dr of Jan, anyone (who knows the hike) to join us? .)
Let me know on insta @krisroxy

thx xxx

10 days ago

Aloha! I do various guided hikes with photos on Oahu. I hike often/weekly. Hiked Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and New Years Day. Heading out Wednesday, this weekend, possibly other days as well. Feel free to check out some examples of photos on my instagram @mike.karas. You can message me there or at

For this trail and many others on Hawaii, it helps a lot to have microspikes as gloves. People do hike this solo but if you're not a big hiker it is good to go with someone else but that's recommended for most trails. Also, if you go, please do not break, steal, or damage any of the construction crew's equipment or work areas on the trail. They have talked about completely shutting down the path because of the actions of a few select people being stupid. I have talked to the foreman who runs the crew numerous times. Don't be that person that ruins it for everyone! Mahalo.

Also, as the gentleman below pointed out, no the security guard can't arrest you, but they can call the cops. If you are a jerk, they likely will. Lol. Some guards are laid back, others aren't. The cops also patrol that area and the neighborhood randomly and know the exit points. Also, if you can see the cars/houses/people in the neighborhood from the stairs as you go down... they can see you as well. Only one way up and down the stairs. ;) People still go the front way, some get caught, some don't. We all get lucky sometimes.

10 days ago

Excellent Trail. I made a comprehensive video for Hikers using the Moanalua Trail to the Stairway to Heaven. It can be viewed on my YouTube channel: Green Beret Unlimited.
Check it out! Beautiful views and tips.

13 days ago

Hike was long but awesome. Views are INSANE! We went down the stairs and called wife for a ride. No issues with the Security Officer. He has no arrest authority, so don't be a jerk. Enjoy the hike!

13 days ago

So long, so tiring, but so worth it! Took us over 7 hours from start to end. We barely made it back before dark! Be ready to face your fear of heights. WEAR GOOD SHOES! Bring water, food, flashlights, rope, first aid kit, and a buddy. I wouldn’t want to do this one alone. Test all ropes and branches before you use them. Be prepared to get muddy. The parking lot was full when we got there, but we just parked on the residential street (not in front of mailboxes or driveways). Definitely doable, but best if you are in decent physical shape.

14 days ago

Hiking this at 9am on January 1, 2018. Come out in a few hours and join YouTube's GREEN BERET UNLIMITED in filming this hike! Look for the black Jeep with license plate Magnum PI (MAG PI). Hit me up at 937-681-3643

17 days ago

Planning on doing this hike sometime between 11/29-12/7. I am not a guide and do not have anyone to go with so if you would like to join, hit me up! instagram @peculiarmo

Not good for dogs. In fact, it is dangerous for dogs. Going up, not too bad if your dog will let you carry them up some parts. One part had eroded away so much I couldn’t get confident footing to hoist my dog up. Coming down even more dangerous. My dog is small so she could keep herself on the very small, shallow ledges but struggling to keep herself tucked into them. The only way to get a dog up there safely, rope and harness.
Did this hike Christmas morning with a few friends. The views are breathtaking once you start to gain elevation. Be prepared for muddy, wet, and chilly conditions especially once up in the clouds. Proper foot wear, hiking BOOTS, with good traction is a must. Good pair of gloves for climbing the many steep portions near the summit and to avoid rope burns while coming down. Leg protection, the brush get thick and the trail narrows so your legs will take a beating. During this time of year the weather near the summit fluctuated dramatically. It was nice one minute then cold the next. After reaching the cloud line and assessing the next ascent I decided to head back for my dogs sake.
I’m an experienced hiker and I enjoy the experience. I would not want to bring a dark cloud over that experience by risking the safety of anyone in my party. If you decide to try this hike with your pet be prepared to turn back even at the hint of danger; come back and do it with them safe at home.

21 days ago

Aloha! I do various guided hikes with photos on Oahu. I hike often/weekly. Hiked last weekend and during this week as well. Heading out again this upcoming week during the week and throughout New Years weekend too. Feel free to check out some examples of photos on my instagram @mike.karas. You can message me there or at

It was very chalanging and hard but great experience

23 days ago

Anyone wanted to do this hike between 27th to 30th December?

Email me at

24 days ago

Looking for anyone to join a middle ridge hike to haiku stairs this weekend. email me at

25 days ago

All. The. Mud.

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