Explore the most popular walking 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.

This was a steep and difficult hike, but well worth all the sweat to enjoy the panoramic views of Oahu. Bring water and stop for breaks when necessary. An alternate to crossing the bridge is to take the path to the right. Going down was less strenuous but still tricky. Slow and steady is my advice.

Aloha! I will be hiking this weekend and possibly during the week too. 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 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 will be hiking this weekend and possibly during the week too. 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 on my Instagram @mike.karas or mikekarasphotography@gmail.com. Bring plenty of water for this hike and other hikes out here in Hawaii.

It was a great trail! Beautiful! Except, I am no experienced hiker. I was about to be killed on this trail. I should have read postings on this site before trying to hike this trail. My student, an experienced hiker, thought I could do this (why? I am not sure). I showed up in shorts and sleeveless shirt, on walking shoes, without wind jacket, gloves, nor spikes. It was a wet, cloudy, and windy day. The trail was extremely slippery. The only reason I got out of this live was God who watched over me!

Nonetheless, this was a beautiful trail. I was afraid being caught by the guard, so even though I really wanted to come down the stairs instead of retracing the trail, we came down the trail legally. It was an experience I won't forget for the rest of my life! There won't be a next time, but if there is... I would definitely be better prepared with proper shoes, spikes, gloves, and a wind jacket!

Woke up early to get to the top by sunrise, and it did NOT disappoint! Absolutely freaking gorgeous! My biggest hike I’ve ever done...for a beginner, it took me 40 minutes. Take your time, there’s one spot where it’s like a bridge.

This is a great hike, but it does get steep at the end, with at least a hundred stairs. Recommend bringing plenty of water and don’t forget your sunscreen as the last section of stairs has no shade. Also, be wary of the pine needles, mud, and the slippery roots.. had a few hikers twist their ankles and hurt their rears when they slipped on that dangerous combination on the way down.

I did this hike a couple of months ago and coming back down was a little spooky for me. I will definitely be doing this one again! Take your time you'll be fine.

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2 days ago

did this hike after manoa falls. only saw a couple of people on it. can get very muddy! nice view at the top, not a bad up and back

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2 days ago

started early in morning and wasnt that crowded. pretty easy hike, great waterfall at top. would recommend! pretty slippery, be careful if it just rained.

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2 days ago

We went in the early evening and it wasn’t too crowded. The falls were nice! The vegetation was incredible!

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Wednesday, June 20th for the 263rd 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!"

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.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, Wednesday, June 20th for the 263rd 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!"

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.

Aloha
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

It was a little tricky in the beginning because of the construction, you go through a bamboo forest and it will hit what looks like a service road, follow that road don’t go to left stay on the wide gravel path. Eventually it will turn into a muddy mess that you just keep going through, keep and eye out for the pink markers along the way. An open area before you hit the river. Then there are a few river crossings. And your there.

The climb was rough as hell, but the view at the top was pretty epic. That was a one and done hike.

How can you argue with a beautiful waterfall?

A few of the ropes were questionable and climbing around the boulder on fall 2 was a touch nerve wracking, but amazing hike!

Great hike! Beautiful views! Great place to bring kids.

Great views but muddy, bring a change of clothes. A snack, water, and a walking stick, and gloves will come in handy. This is not an easy trail, but not extremely hard either. But the view was worth it!!

A short and steep hike up but definately worth it for the cardio and breathtaking views. Sketchy transitions to the top of the arch and down to the arch due to steep grades and a lot of loose rock. Park at Halona Blowhole and watch for traffic on both sides when crossing to the start of the trail.

There is no relief from the sun, bring lots of water, otherwise a decent afternoon outing. There was a bit of vog too, so the view wasn’t the best.

Hiked it barefoot. Would be great nature trail run with shoes on.

Toughest hike I’ve ever done but so worth it once you reach the top

Wow... amazing hike. Do early enough so you don’t run out of daylight. Get ready to get lost a few times along the way.

Beautiful hike! Best time to go 5:30pm not so crowded then

Easy!
Bring bug spray
Great for my dogs

6/17/2018-Started around 0700 and encountered 23 groups/solo hikers. (Most of them we’re on their way in while we were on our way out.) The path has been improved in some sections since the last time we hiked out here (new concrete was poured) and overall weather was good. (Albeit not sunny, but overcast with a breeze.) There were a few semi-muddy sections but those were easy to navigate.

The map took us 8 miles round trip. A lot of it was over grown as well. We broke brush for at least 3 miles of it. I went with two other friends and we’re all in great shape. It kicked out butts! The waterfall wasn’t awful, but it definitely wasn’t the best I’ve been too. The pool was too small to stay and swim. I’d definitely recommend a different water fall hike. This one was brutal.

I did not do the crater rim loop and my RT was about 5.5 miles. My portion I’d rate as moderate. In mid July after a week of no rain (on Oahu) it was still muddy but minimal on the rim portion I did. I took the left trail fork at the top of the third waterfall and met the return loop after about .3 miles. The ascent up the third waterfall is long but not slippery with slow cautious steps. The rim trail looks difficult and I would guess is about 1 mile.

Hike itself was fun and waterfall at the end is great, but this trail is too packed with tourists and most of the time it's too crowded to enjoy. Go during the off season during the week.

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