Explore the most popular forest trails in Hawaii with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Aloha! I went both days this past weekend and today! It was awesome out! I will be hiking Thursday and Friday still this week. 18/19. I have went 12 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. 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.

Aloha! I went both days this past weekend and today! It was awesome out! I will be hiking Thursday and Friday still this week. 18/19. I have went 12 times the last three weeks. I have hiked most of the hikes on this island many many times! I have probably done this particular hike more than anyone else on island. (over 100 times) It is often windy and/or rainy but we never have issues as we always have the right gear which is supplied by me when we go. 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.

The blowhole is amazing when the tide is up. The mile trail from mile marker 38 is great. As you get close to the shore you feel like you’re on another planet. Don’t miss doing this trail. Wear good shoes.

hiking
13 hours ago

Absolutely one of the best hikes on Maui. You can go to the base of a 400 foot waterfall after walking through a bamboo forest. Just difficult and long enough to make it interesting, but not too taxing. Don’t miss doing it if you visit Maui.

Not closed!
Not easy, wear real shoes not “slippas”

100% worth it
Wear mosquito repellent or bring someone the mosquitos like more than you!

Gorgeous!

Easy and relaxing trail. We got aromatherapy of sweet grasses and orange flowering bushes. Gorgeous views of the canyon at the end of the trail. The day was perfect for hiking: sunny but breezy and not hot.

hiking
21 hours ago

I literally just finished up this trail. Went at 830 and took the road. Cut up through the woods once I got near the school gate. Walked right by and waved at the security. On the hike down I noticed the car wasn’t at the spot so I rushed down the last 15 minutes to beat him back. Met a few other hikers and said his car was parked near the school, so I took the same path in the woods back down with no issues. Total time up 1.5 hrs, total down 1.25 hours. It cleared up on the way down so I got a lot of great pics. I can see why there is security I passed about 5 different groups and all at inconvenient times and it’s very hard to pass as some of the stairs are so narrow you have hurdle on to the mountain side for others to pass. This has been on my bucket list for years, finally glad I can cross it off.

If you have any questions on the hike my Instagram handle is justin.kocak

Send me a message!

I went on this hike for sunrise. It feels like the stairs are endless, but overall it was easy and straightforward as long as you have strong lower body/legs. You only need a bottle of water for this one. I would suggest not going on this hike for anything except sunrise because the sun is killer for nonstop stairs walking. There is one segment of maybe 30 steps where there is a "drop" if you fell, but as long as you stay low it's really nothing to be concerned about. There is an alternative route to bypass this segment to your right when going up.

4/5 because it is not an adventure, just a climb to the top. Worth the hike.

@nickn0it on Instagram for a view of the stairs

This is one of the most surreal hikes I’ve ever done! I did it 2 years ago and I’m wanting to take some friends soon in the next week or so but I can’t remember or know the best way to park and start this hike. If you have any suggestions on the best way to do this without causing any trouble to the residents, please DM me on Instagram at @shermsherm93. Shoots and Mahalo!

This was one of our best hikes on Oahu this week, and we completed about 10. However, it does not have some of great views of some of the other hikes. We had a lot of fun and this hike was not as crowded as many of the hikes, We saw about 6 or 8 groups on the hike on the trail or at the pools, including Kenro and his family (see below). The first half of the out and back trail is very easy, however it is about 0.7-miles down to the waterfall pools. This does have some interesting steep sections with lost of roots. I would rank this trail as moderate, although it would probably be very slippery after a heavy rain. There are two main pools that you can swim in at the end
of the trail. Very cool and refreshing.

Great family hike to the best waterfalls we saw on Oahu. About 2-miles from the parking area. Very lush and beautiful plant life on a trail they have used for the filming of Lost, Hawaii 50, and the Jurassic Park series. Note - you cannot swim in the waterfall pool. Also if you get there before 8 am the parking attendant will not be there but he/she will likely leave a pay on exit reminder on your windshield,

Hiked this today 10/16/18. Trail extremely muddy after rain last night. It would probably take weeks for this trail to dry out, so expect major mud the entire time. I wore strapped Teva’s and it was much better vs boots as for portions of the hike I just went though the river vs the extremely muddy trail. Bring a towel to wipe off after!

Beautiful trail. I would not consider this an "easy" trail by any means though. I would recommend you go after a few dry days. Otherwise, it's extremely muddy and slippery. Don't worry about muddy shoes because in maybe 5 minutes you will clean them with the 13ish creek crossings. Highly recommend a good hiking stick. We found a Bamboo stick at the first creek crossing that helped tremendously. You will get ate up by mosquitos as well. A good time though.

We started the hike in a misty cloud but it quickly cleared as we descended. The trail was extremely muddy and we slipped a few times. The view at the end was definitely worth the sweat and mud.

I took my 17 month old son in osprey. If I can do it you can to just took me little longer then normal.This is an awesome trail. No doubt that waterfall is great. The water was really cold but once you are in you get use to it. The way down is not hard but can be hard after a lot of rain the day before. Everything can be muddy/slippery. It is the way back up that is tough. My leg were done. But I had my son on my back

The trail provides nice views of the canyon. When you get to the end, you can scramble down some rocks to the cliff edge and peek down the waterfall.

hiking
1 day ago

Extremely difficult to navigate. We had to be rescued. Make sure you go very early to allow way way way more than enough time to get back before dark because you most likely will get lost more than ten times. Even following the ribbons will lead you in circles and going the wrong way.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven tomorrow, October 17th, for the 292nd time.

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

6 things about stairway:

(1) It is the safest way to reach the summit. People die every day falling downstairs at home, but in 70+ years no one has died falling on the stairs. There has been one death - a heart attack.

(2) I clean the stairs every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to pack trash out, bring a trash bag so you don’t soil your bag.

(3) Please dont poop anywhere on the mountain - even off the beaten path. Squat over a one-gallon ziplock bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, double bag it and pack it out - just like a kid’s diaper.

(4) Take it easy on the neighbors.

When was the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house"...?

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year.

(5) Plan your hike and hike your plan.

The most common Haʻikū Stairs story is:

“We went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 2am and tried to get in. We got caught by police before we reached the stairs, so we went back to the hotel and slept. We really wanted to see the stairs up close, so we decided to try the ‘back way’. It was harder than we expected, and when we got to the top we decided to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

a. The ‘back way’

If you are considering skipping the magic of the stairs and going the legal way, it only makes sense to choose companions who can manage the challenges of retuning down the back way as well. You can get the ticket going down the stairs.

Legal access hours to Moanalua Valley Trail are 7am - 7pm. I recommend starting right at 7am because it’s reckless to rush on the mountain. It’s common for people to get lost a few hours, and some don’t find the summit.

If you want sunrise, I recommend beginning at noon and spending the night. As long as you don’t sleep inside the railing or access the trailhead out of hours, you’ll be legal. The mountain is usually cold, wet and windy, so prepare accordingly. The ground is especially cold - bring an insulating mat.

I recommend hiking cleats (‘good’ hiking shoes are insufficient), a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy this day of your life, rather than just survive it.

Note: keeping the stairs illegal endangers the public. Tearing them out, as currently proposed, permanently removes our ability to channel traffic safely. If the stairs were legal, Daylenn Pua would still be here.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback can be anywhere from $3,000 to the loss of a career. I recommend handling this decision carefully.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for some advice there.

(6) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go, they slowly begin to recognize their own reflection in nature. They resonate with the energetic blueprint of a place so majestic, and discover new light to admire in their soul. As we climb, energy begins to grow in us and melts our physical senses, opening us to sense spirit. We become immersed, perhaps because we’ve stepped “into” the experience 3,922 times as we move from civilization into a little heaven

After a while at the top, our group fades into shock (in a good way) and stays that way for the rest of our journey. Like a broken record, every time I hear: “We researched it, but we could have never guessed it would be so good. ‘This’ makes it so much more than a hike.” Always with smiles - sometimes in tears.

Most visitors get to the top, take photos, and head back down. I suggest staying for the ‘main event’. The magic begins when you settle in with comforts, and look back on your work while still in the environment of it.

We create space with good scents and music and soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, share our stories and sit on memory foam eating French Toast with warm maple syrup.

If you leave the top and start down right away, the noise of civilization drowns out your senses and erases the fragile nuances of new truth you found along the way - before those memories have time to settle into your heart.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of this priceless experience. We change lives up there. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we start up again, I’m lost on it too.

Dm me for a video of what we do at the top.

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven tomorrow, October 17th, for the 292nd time.

My most recent post on Instagram @Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt gives an idea for one impactful photo angle.

6 things about stairway:

(1) It is the safest way to reach the summit. People die every day falling downstairs at home, but in 70+ years no one has died falling on the stairs. There has been one death - a heart attack.

(2) I clean the stairs every three days on average, but it builds up fast. To make it convenient to pack trash out, bring a trash bag so you don’t soil your bag.

(3) Please dont poop anywhere on the mountain - even off the beaten path. Squat over a one-gallon ziplock bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, double bag it and pack it out - just like a kid’s diaper.

(4) Take it easy on the neighbors.

When was the last time you woke up at 3am and whispered: "Honey I think there's someone outside the house"...?

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year.

(5) Plan your hike and hike your plan.

The most common Haʻikū Stairs story is:

“We went to bed at 11pm, woke up at 2am and tried to get in. We got caught by police before we reached the stairs, so we went back to the hotel and slept. We really wanted to see the stairs up close, so we decided to try the ‘back way’. It was harder than we expected, and when we got to the top we decided to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

a. The ‘back way’

If you are considering skipping the magic of the stairs and going the legal way, it only makes sense to choose companions who can manage the challenges of retuning down the back way as well. You can get the ticket going down the stairs.

Legal access hours to Moanalua Valley Trail are 7am - 7pm. I recommend starting right at 7am because it’s reckless to rush on the mountain. It’s common for people to get lost a few hours, and some don’t find the summit.

If you want sunrise, I recommend beginning at noon and spending the night. As long as you don’t sleep inside the railing or access the trailhead out of hours, you’ll be legal. The mountain is usually cold, wet and windy, so prepare accordingly. The ground is especially cold - bring an insulating mat.

I recommend hiking cleats (‘good’ hiking shoes are insufficient), a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy this day of your life, rather than just survive it.

Note: keeping the stairs illegal endangers the public. Tearing them out, as currently proposed, permanently removes our ability to channel traffic safely. If the stairs were legal, Daylenn Pua would still be here.

b. The stairs.

If you’re considering the stairs, it is important to be personally and professionally prepared for legal exposure, and know which actions increase that risk.

The financial setback can be anywhere from $3,000 to the loss of a career. I recommend handling this decision carefully.

Send me a message at Facebook.com/MatthewKievlan for some advice there.

(6) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go, they slowly begin to recognize their own reflection in nature. They resonate with the energetic blueprint of a place so majestic, and discover new light to admire in their soul. As we climb, energy begins to grow in us and melts our physical senses, opening us to sense spirit. We become immersed, perhaps because we’ve stepped “into” the experience 3,922 times as we move from civilization into a little heaven

After a while at the top, our group fades into shock (in a good way) and stays that way for the rest of our journey. Like a broken record, every time I hear: “We researched it, but we could have never guessed it would be so good. ‘This’ makes it so much more than a hike.” Always with smiles - sometimes in tears.

Most visitors get to the top, take photos, and head back down. I suggest staying for the ‘main event’. The magic begins when you settle in with comforts, and look back on your work while still in the environment of it.

We create space with good scents and music and soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, share our stories and sit on memory foam eating French Toast with warm maple syrup.

If you leave the top and start down right away, the noise of civilization drowns out your senses and erases the fragile nuances of new truth you found along the way - before those memories have time to settle into your heart.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of this priceless experience. We change lives up there. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we start up again, I’m lost on it too.

Dm me for a video of what we do at the top.

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

hiking
1 day ago

Muddy but worth it !

awesome hike. this hike is my go to hike if I'm limited on time. This is where I take or recommend to my friends. Beautiful views with a small waterfall.

Top things to know:
1) You need a permit to get to the trailhead. You can get it online at: https://trails.ehawaii.gov
2) You'll need IDs for everyone in your party to get through the military gate.
3) The hike is beautiful, but the end of the trail isn't worth going to (unless you are just looking for exercise). Instead stop at an eroded bluff just before you pass through the first metal hog gate. GPS: 21.55143, -158.22098
4) The track listed here isn't the topo line on Gaia GPS, but the trail is well marked from the parking area and easy to follow.

Enjoy!

Very pretty enjoyable hike. The waterfall is gorgeous at the end. The trail was heavily trafficked on the Sunday we went.

Absolutely gorgeous! We started with cloudy and misty conditions in the morning but as we continued along the trail the clouds faded revealing the most beautiful breathtaking views! Totally worth it!

Great trail, but for a solid 1/3 of it you’re crawling down big hills on your hands and knees. Many roots which people have used to hold onto are broken/ripped, making it a bit more scared. Best advise- wear shoes with really good tread. I was sliding all over in trail runners.

Difficult, but if you take your time definitely not impossible.

Me with my husband did this hike last week so I just wanna share our experience. We are not really that hiking persons but we made it in 8 hours started at 7am.
Make sure that you get plenty of water with you, some snacks, waterproof jacket, extra clothes, gloves and good shoes with spikes ! Some areas on the top might be very slippery and muddy so you will definitely need them ! Don’t worry about passing through the water and mud in Moanalua Valley because on your way back you will be completely wet and dirty anyway :D The view was so beautiful !
Good luck everyone and be careful !

A couple water crossings could use some better setup, otherwise a great hike!

Muddy and slippery, that’s the reason why it’s closed officially. But still worth going if you don’t mind getting dirty shoes. You can wash them in the river at the end. Great view over the Valley.

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