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

22 hours ago

Nice easy trail. My wife completed the climb in flip-flops. It was a little slick in spots, but nothing too bad. There are a few hard areas, but nothing than your average person could not overcome. Parking was not bad we parked on the road before the parking lot to avoid the $5 fee.

Hiked both days this past weekend and a couple weekdays last week as well. Hiked this morning and will be going up both days 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 and check out @mike.karas on instagram or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

This is a great hike. Might go Saturday or Sunday morning depending on which day it's not calling for rain by Friday. If interested on a guide reach out to me on Instagram: @Angelo_Q or email me at chicolo@hotmail.com

Great trail for the family! Be considerate of the neighborhood when parking near the entrance of the trailhead. Otherwise, enjoy this scenic hike!

1 day ago

Wet wet wet. Big surprise. It rained in the middle of a rain forest. So the trail had running water going down the hill. Should have brought along a big dry towel!

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!


I climbed the stairs Sun, May 20th for the 252nd time. I’ll hike again in a couple days.

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.


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

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.

No bad at all. Easy trail with easy kid friendly passage.

Took the #5 bus to the bus stop then a walk up to the trailhead. So many spots were simply breathtaking. Definitely would recommend closed toe shoes- I have no idea how people did this with flip flops on.

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

I’ll be on Oahu June 12-17th. Looking for the Heavenly Hike experience without the stress of a huge fine! Looking to join a group if anyone is going as well, I don’t think my mom or sister could handle the hike unfortunately... but I’d love to do this hike with a buddy. DM on Instagram if interested!! @jess.ripp

This was such a breathtaking hike. Worth every second.

Beautiful landscape on the way, a bit slippery when it rained the days before - but ok. A lot of people at the waterfall.

Most stunning views up there. Beautiful hike.
I would recommend to come by car. From the bus stop to the beginning of the trail you have to walk about 30min.

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

It was amazing. The waterfall was incredible but the lush Forrest was just as beautiful.

11 days ago

First time doing this hike, I enjoyed it. I would recommend wearing hiking shoes it got muddy and some areas were a bit slippery. I wouldn’t attempt to hike this one if it’s been raining, there’s plenty of shade from the trees on your way up, but on a sunny day I would recommend sun screen when you get to the summit. It took about an hour and twenty minutes one way. The view was worth it.

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

13 days ago

****Do not wear running shoes***
This was a great but tough hike. I think it should be rated is hard not moderate. I did KoKo Head earlier in the week which is rated as hard and I thought this was tougher. Also, if possible hike with someone and avoid running shoes if you can. It can be slippery and dangerous. I did this alone and keep thinking if I fell it could be a while before someone found me. I saw maybe 20 hikers the whole time. I do not think this is kid or dog friendly. It’s just my opinion. Overall, great hike.

Beautiful hike starting with switchbacks and then more up with lots of roots to use as steps. Top view is incredible and worth it. Often socked in so check clouds and weather. Not suitable for little kids. Wish hikers would stay on trails to keep trail from eroding unnecessarily.

13 days ago

I have done this hike many times. Most times I do the entire 8 miles. We hike the way out and run the way back. Today we just went to the picnic table and found the swing. It’s a nice hike, lots of sun so wear a hat and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water because you will get thirsty in the exposed sun of the switchbacks. It’s an easy/moderate hike that can and is used for trail running.

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!

17 days ago

Went on a Tuesday. Pretty muddy but not too bad considering it was raining/sprinkling. It was however very crowded.

17 days ago

This hike was very easy. Great hike for families. Took about an hour and a half to finish, taking a few side trails for views of the creek. This trail is very crowded and often had to wait several minutes for opposing traffic to get through in some tight areas. Beautiful and well maintained.

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!

trail running
18 days ago

Great trail, well marked. The switchbacks making way to the red dirt road offers a great change of pace.

Warning— beware of the large hill from waypoint 3,4. Specifically the area where the trail seems to make an S bend. The hill is deemed “Oh Shit Hill” and appropriately so. I ran down the hill in slick conditions and the hill overtook my body. With no natural bank to slow down, slick conditions, and nothing to grab onto, I plunged head first down the hill, ultimately tearing my rotator cuff.

I have experience trail running, and I was wearing my Salmons, but my experience and equipment provided a false sense of security. This hill is roughly 200m of straight, steep (I estimate 25% grade) slippery elevation change. Be careful walking down, and only run if conditions are dry.

The injury won’t stop me from frequenting the trail. It is one of my favorites and offers a fantastic workout.

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!

Wouldn't call it a hike but still a super cool view of the water, interesting rock walls and the spitting cave of course. Worth the stop.

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