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 11.7 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.

11.7 miles
4895 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips

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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.

Anyone wants to trek tomorrow here? July 24?

6 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.

7 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?

10 days 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!!

11 days ago

The hike starts on a rocky jeep road with some bridges for water crossings. Once you get to the middle ridge trail it starts going up and more up. The trail is clear with no overgrowth so you can see where your stepping. As you ascend the views become more beautiful and when you get to the top you'll be rewarded with some amazing views from Kahuluu to waimanalo and outside of the valley to townside. Take time for pics and enjoy the moment, come Monday it's back to the grind. My phone stopped recording for 30min on the way back oops I'll do this hike again soon!

anyone going September 13-16?

14 days ago

Big effort but great reward

20 days ago

A great trek, excellent workout, gorgeous views, & adrenaline rush opportunity! We linked together Moanalua Valley to Tripler Ridge to the Koolau Summit Trail connector to the Middle Ridge and back out Kamananui Valley for an amazing 12-mile trek. This is definitely a more difficult hike that requires a lot of water (we carried at least 3 liters a person, I personally carried 4 liters), a lot of stamina, an ability to overcome any fear of heights, and time. I absolutely recommend microspikes, gloves, longer pants (to deal with the sharp & jagged underbrush), a windbreaker/raincoat for windy/rainy conditions and a solid survival gear stash in the event of emergencies as you can never predict what can occur along this route. Do not take this trek lightly--be prepared! You may even find that you'll need to spend the night atop the ridge so consider what you might need for those sorts of longer term situations in the event you experience the unexpected (rain/wind/total darkness/mud/injuries). This trek has been one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime and I'd love to do it again.

22 days ago

Awesome hike! Very muddy and cloudy at the top bug absolutely amazing. First turn on the right across the river from the "watch for poison sign" will take you to the top.

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29 days ago

Amazing hike w/ gorgeous views the whole way up the ridge. Not for the faint of heart, one section of ropes is quite scary. Hiking shoes and gloves are a must and I wouldn't do this hike in the rain or in heavy wind on the ridge.
At the trailhead skip past the State of Hawai'i trail marker and take the next trail to the left about 20 ft. past the first trail- incline begins almost immediately and doesn't let up except for a few ridge jaunts. Lots of ropes though I only used them about half the time.
Take 2-3L of water, plenty of snacks, camera, layers, high socks for the brush, sunscreen, bug spray. Plenty of mud at all altitudes. Not recommended to inexperienced hikers. Up and back 6-10 hrs depending on your speed and need for breaks/pics, 12 miles. Wobbly legs on the way down but plenty of smiles!

30 days ago

1 month ago

I only recommend taking this route to the Haiku Stairs if you care more about the ridge hiking aspect than the stairs themselves. In my opinion, to fully experience the stairs, you need to hike either up or down them.

I hiked this as a one way, going up the stairs and ending in Moanalua Valley Trail. Do not underestimate Moanalua Middle Ridge! It is steep, narrow, and most importantly crazy muddy near the summit. If you are into that type of ridge hiking then this is the challenge for you!

The stairs are a bonus at the end, but like I said, if you want to experience Stairway to Heaven, you need to go up or down the stairs. Simply stopping at the top doesn't do them justice, especially since it's likely your view will be impeded by the clouds. This hike is fun and exciting regardless and is definitely worth a try if you are up to the challenge.

For more on my adventure, check out my blog post!

1 month ago

1 month ago

Super hard but work it

Easy shouldn't even be a word included in the description. Here's a word that should take its place. Erosion. From what I understand it's gotten popular to go this way to avoid the fines for the stairs. This trail is not maintained by the state or any other organization- wish it was. When you get about 20 minutes to the stairs it is unbelievably sketchy. Especially when it's raining or drizzling. (Which it almost always is on this side of the island). Huge let down.

If you do go wear gloves and spikes on your shoes.