Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

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This hike was amazing! The views are beautiful.. definitely a motivation to get to the top. There is no way to get to the top without sweating. Took us about 45 minutes and we stopped a few times to catch our breath. It is worth it though! Make sure to wear hiking or tennis shoes!

Awesome workout. Quads on fire.

21 hours ago

Super fun and exhilarating trek! Highly agree to do trail counter clockwise for the best experience. Great way to knock out some cardio and be rewarded with awesome sights. Watch your step as the trail narrows and plants try to trip your feet. Be careful! It does get dangerous. The valley has a bunch of mosquitos so bring repellent! Also don’t forget long pants and shirt or you’ll leave with cuts when the path gets overgrown at the top.

But enjoy!

This was fun and amazing. There were areas that were slippery and hard to climb but totally worth it.

I’m climbing the stairs on Wed Dec 13th, for the 204th 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!"

Two people have recently been shot on the street by a high powered air rifle fired near the intersection of Kuneki and Makena. Both times the projectile broke the skin. That was wrong of the shooter, but also not surprising.

(4) The back way is more dangerous, but worth considering.

Near the base of the stairs, there is one unmarked Honolulu Police Department vehicle roaming to catch hikers.

After the November 12th escape of killer Randall Saito from the mental facility behind the neighborhood, security is on best behavior using off-road vehicles to apprehend hikers.

On a usual morning, a roving HPD officer, a stationary guard and two roving guards secure the area.

The penalty has some variables, but here are the components:

(1) $1,000 fine
(2) Jail, no longer than 6 months. (incarnation is rare)
(3) Legal fees (a defense attorney charges $800 - $1,500 for the case)
(4) Usually 80 hours of community service.
(5) Legal fees for expungement.
(6) Visa/Immigration hurdles
(7) Impact on professional life.
(8) Return travel and accommodations to attend court, community service, etc.

The setback ranges from $3,000 for simple cases, up into the hundreds of thousands over the length of a career for military members reduced in rank, folks who lose their security clearance or a professional license, etc.

Going up the front way, as amazing as it is, is not worth playing Russian roulette with the penalty, so don’t “just risk the ticket”.

Have a plan.

‘Three routes through the bamboo forest’ is not a plan I recommend. Police have internet also.

People who say they “just did it”, were (1) luckily, and (2) don’t know how lucky. (But with the experience of one hike under their belt, they are confident enough to share some guidance with you about what they ‘do know’ lol.)

Public record shows hundreds of hikers are caught each month. Understandably they don’t want to be online incriminating themselves, but if I could speak from their position, I would say each one believed well-intended advice.

I usually savor the feeling at the top for a couple hours with hot food and a hammock. While I’m there, people sometimes come from the back side and say they will go down the stairs. I warn them about the probability of trouble, but they are usually adamant about taking a ticket rather than “almost dying”.

There is some validity to that. Although no one has ever died falling on the stairs, over the years many people have gone missing attempting to gain access from the back way.

So be prepared.

The right pair of shoes is your most important piece of equipment for the back way. Inov8 is my favorite brand for the ridge, but any shoe with aggressive (toothed) tread will do. They cost about $140 a pair locally.

If you go the back way, bear in mind Moanalua park trailhead hours are 7am - 7pm. Entering or exiting the park outside of these hours is likely to get you ticketed. (Moanalua neighbors are agitated about the new traffic going up the back side and have pressured the police to maintain a presence in the park.)

As far as coming from the front: I can’t post my plans online. I hope you understand why.

But when we climb the stairs, we approach peacefully and respectfully to enjoy the deep beauty in nature which heals our souls. People need this, and I hold that it is immoral to keep the medicine of mana from the people of earth who are so hungry for relief from the unnatural.

(5). This is the real Hawaii!

Perhaps because you have literally stepped “into” it 3,992 times, the stairs facilitate immersion. It’s a full body workout (because of the handrails) and the activity melts your physical senses until you’re open to let go and sense spirit more keenly. You rise from civilization into a world where magic is the usual.

People think they’re going for the epic view of morning colors, painting the landscape with divine creativity.

But what they discover along the way is they’re going up to find themselves. To recognize the blueprint of their soul in nature, to feel the heartbeat of paradise, and to realize they are inextricably part of that majesty.

They all say: “I researched this, but I had no idea it was going to be this good.”

Sometimes I skip a week, other times I go twice a day, but no matter how sore I am from my last climb, once I start, I’m lost in joy.


2 days ago

Want to see a video about it and make sure it's the right hike for you, check: https://youtu.be/6QWJTPY0n9Y.

One of the coolest hikes that I have ever done. The first half is amazing. You're hiking by water falls and up them. I went on a day that turned rainy (when I checked the forecast it said, 20% chance and it rained on us a lot), and that made it less fun and we couldn't see anything. We ended up slipping and literally sliding on our buts down from the top. DO NOT GO ON A RAINY DAY. It's a better hike for the dry season, first for the views and second for safety.

Don't be afraid of this elevation. It was pretty tough for me because I'm afraid of heights. But it is such a satisfying view to see at the end. The wooden slats on the path way get really really steep and it gets a bit frightening to look down but keep your head up and forward until you reach the top. I was sweating hard because of the heat so bring lots of water, good shoes, and a towel. Overall great work out for leg day and stamina. Spectacular view. difficult.

Aloha! I do various guided hikes with photos on Oahu. I hike often/weekly. Hiked this weekend, heading out again this week too. Feel free to check out some examples of photos on my instagram @mike.karas. You can message me there or at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com.

3 days ago

Hi there, Haiku Stairs seem to be the highlight of Oahu island. As such, as everyone else, we would like to do the trail sometime between 18-20 January 2018, To somewhat lower the risk, would some local guide us through? Anyone like a "guide" :)? Or can we just join anyone who knows the place? THX (krapinec@seznam.cz)

Amazing hike. Well worth the risk.

on Koko Crater Trail

3 days ago

We do this hike a couple times a year and we are never let down. The views from the top are some of my favorite on the island, and getting there is quite the work out. Couple things to know its pretty exposed so if its a sunny day your going to get baked. We like to do this hike in the AM while its cooler. Make sure to give the people coming down the right of way. Step to the side. Take your time if you need to. Getting to the top is well worth it. This trail is somewhat close to a gun range. Dont get spooked by the sound. Its in the bottom of another crater. It sounds closer then it really is. There are some bathrooms in the park below the trail head area.

on Kaipapa'u Makai

3 days ago

Parking is in a subdivision. Be quiet and respectful an you wont have any trouble. There is a no trespassing sign on a chain as you approach the trail head This is posted by the Water District. you will pass by a large holding tank on your way up. To say the trail is lightly trafficked would be an understatement we saw no one...this spooked my wife out a bit. You do head into the jungle without a living soul in sight. About half he trail is a jungle hike, even though it climbs pretty steeply. Once you ht the ridge line it opens up and the views are great. from this point its not creepy (according to wife). There are three bunkers. Great views and great spots for pictures. Especially the second bunker. The third bunker you decent down from the second. Getting to the third isn't much of a problem but get back up from the third can be difficult. Lots of loose dirt and little rocks makes its tricky. I had to use the vegetation on the right side for hand holds to get back up. Wife says she will skip the third bunker if we ever go back. the view is as good or better from the second bunker. Important to note. Stay to the left when you hit the water tank and when you hit the red dirt as desribed in an earlier post the trail veers off to the right and up the hill. If you go left (which looks like the main trail) you will not head to the bunkers. Its a different hike

3 days ago