Explore the most popular State Parks 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.

hiking
3 hours ago

Stairs. So many stairs.... but good fun! There is a bit where you’re on tracks and can see a significant drop but it adds to the experience (just don’t be afraid of heights). Loved the end views :)

This was totally awesome hike. Short but steep down hill. I was able to enjoy the water after the climb down and cool down before hiking back up. I loved it.

Scenic but not worth the hike if you’re searching for waterfalls

steep, beautiful. no coffee when I went.

Was very nice to swim once down. Coming back up was hard for me but worth it

hiking
13 hours ago

nice hike with the family, beautiful surroundings and away from all city life

hiking
16 hours ago

Easy, but very very muddy and no clear signs.

Great hike. Beautiful trail and a gorgeous waterfall. To get to trailhead: park - walk all the way to your right where you see a fence. On your left is a place where a hole has been made in the fence. You’ll be on a gravel road. I guess maybe you could take one of the MANY trails that lead off the road but honestly, the easiest way is to follow the gravel road. The road comes to a metal graffiti portajohn thing and the trail starts from there. It was pretty easy to find if you just follow the gravel road.

After that, the trail has a few alternate paths. We followed the pink ties but honestly, you just gotta follow the creek. The bamboo forests were amazing, wasn’t too muddy. Wasn’t too difficult, but definitely a lot of fun. Highly recommend this hike. I almost liked it better than the Maunawili hike.

Awesome hike. My fave place to come on my day off. Starting off with cardios/breathing and then captured amazing views. Then adventuring to the Summit is the breath-taking, picture capturing moments and great workout accomplished. Coming downhill, “pump your brakes!”

hiking
1 day ago

Awesome hike! It was actually “easier” on the way up, than the way down. We are used to hiking 13ers in Colorado, though, so it might be more difficult if you are not in decent shape. Make sure you bring shoes with good traction, because it’s very slippery (mud and loose rocks) in certain places. We both had running shoes, and that was a mistake. Took about 1.25 hours to get down, and 2 hours to get back up. Start early and bring plenty of water!

will do the stairs tomorrow. if you wanna join me hit me up on insta made86made. see ya :)

Fun and pretty.

Hi ! We just achieved this trail with my boyfriend. It took us nearly 4h30 to reach the radio station, but we took several breaks for pictures etc. The trail is easy to follow, you can’t get lost on the way. We were lucky the weather was really nice, but the end was still muddy, slippery and very windy.

You have to cross some rivers at the start but most of the time you have bridges. You should definitely avoid it if you are afraid of feeling dizzy. You will spend one or two hours walking on the edge of the mountains at the end, with only some trees and rocks to help you find your balance.

We went there without particular equipment : no glove, just good hiking boots. You should also grab a sweater or something to put on if you are a little sensitive to cold. Bring plenty of water and something to eat on the way.

You will need to climb some portions but don’t worry there are ropes to help you (thank you, the guys who left them here !)

When we get to the radio station, at the top of haiku stairs, we chose to go down this way. We met some people who climbed the stairs the morning who told us the guard wouldn’t be an issue as long as you are respectfull and apologise when he tells you are trespassing a restricted area.

The trail to get to stairway to heaven is really amazing, you will have so many beautiful point of views. It is challenging but no that hard if you are in shape ! Enjoy :)

Really pretty hike and it’s super short. I was up and back in about 30 minutes. I will say it’s really busy, I would go around 7 or 8 am. I went both times at 9-10 am and it was packed. The falls are breath taking!

So I’m really confused on this hike. I did this hike Solo, and I was really excited because it said hard. I didn’t think this hike was hard at all. In fact pretty easy, extremely muddy, and super short. It took me about 45 minutes to do the small loop. It said a 6 mile hike and I was super excited about it, but completely missed where the trails connected. There were very few signs on the trail and of the time the trails weren’t marked. And not to mention it was creepy multiple times through the trail. I didn’t even make it to the jack thing everyone was talking about. Super disappointed because I really wanted to do a long hike. Either way, I don’t know if I will try it again, really pretty trees, but no views of anything besides a Forrest. I entered through the Pali highway and the beginning where the streams are, are really beautiful. You do have to cross a river that was pretty rapid and it could be from the rain. But I wouldn’t recommend this for children. Either way, I would love to meet up with fellow hikers out here who could show me the way of these trails! Email me at dg_fitness@yahoo.com. Have a great day guys!!

Dear hiking friends. I am planing to do this hike including K1 and K2 tomorrow. if you would like to join me hit me up on insta made86made. :) see ya!

Aloha! I typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Went last week 3 times. 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 typically hike up 1-3 times a week. Went 3 times last week. 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 (including microspikes) 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.

Someone doing the stairs tomorrow??? Email me or text me Juan.sanchezme@gmail.com. 917 951 3041.... I don’t wanna do it alone thanks

Great family hike!!!

Easy hike with nice views: Kahana Bay, ancient Hawaiian fishpond. Gonna bring the drone next time

2 days ago

Beautiful. We hiked a day after it had rained, and it was super muddy, I slipped and fell :) be the mud!

There was definitely some scrambling, I wouldn't recommend this trail for anyone carrying a child.

Earns its reputation for hard. The last mile is pretty steep even with ropes. Mud isn’t helpful at all and wind can make things challenging. Good news though. Volunteers were up there today clearing away the overgrowth so the path is clear up to the top

This hike is too easy, as in follow the muddy path. Gates to Moanalau Valley Trail open at 7am. Take two pairs of boots. Youll cross like 15 rivers and then at the end of the trail it finally starts the upward climb. Change your boots and socks and then follow the path. So many people have done it that it's a muddy path. Take gloves, lots of water and energy bars. I didn't have spikes and I was fine. If you have them take it. Other than that enjoy the view it's BEAUTIFUL!!!

It’s easy, but beautiful scenery is waiting for you. You can go take a child. It was muddy when I went. The scenery is waiting if you are careful.

Great “trail”. You won’t see a soul once you break off from the traditional loop trail. The remainder of the hike is essentially a pig trail. Densely overgrown for most of the way after the first mile of the hike. Look for the trail markers on the trees but basically you are on the ridge most of the time. Some ropes left there by a kind soul to help you out of the steep areas. We went in November 2018 and it was muddy so that presented an extra challenge. Averaged a mile per hour as once you get to the top it’s slow going so you don’t fall and die. Not a “hey, we’re in Hawaii let’s go on a hike” type of hike. Stick to the loop that takes off from the same place for something of that nature.

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, today for the 301st time. I’m stoked!

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

5 things about stairway:

(1) It is illegal, but not unsafe.

In 70+ years there have been no falling deaths on the stairs. Compare that to 54 air rescues on diamondhead last year. By total death count, the Stairway to Heaven could be Oahu’s safest trail. (Although it still deserves caution.)

(2) Contribute to what you love.

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

Poop: bury it or squat over a one-gallon bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, tripple bag and pack it out like a diaper.

(3) Take it easy on the neighbors.

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year. You cannot be too careful.

(4) 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, but got caught by police. When we got back to the hotel we slept. We really wanted to take a picture on the stairs so we decided to go the ‘back way’. It was harder than we expected, and when we got to the top we decided we needed to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

If you are considering going the legal way, choose companions who will be willing to return down the legal way also. You can easily get a ticket coming down the stairs.

Except under special circumstances, I normally do not guide the ‘back way’. There is another guide who provides equipment and coaching for that experience.

a. The ‘back way’

Legal access hours to Moanalua Valley Trail are 7am - 7pm with the same ticket as the front way if you’re caught after hours. I recommend starting right at 7am because it’s safer to not rush on the mountain. If you think you’re lost, take the only certain way out - which is to turn around. It’s easy to find yourself in a life-threatening position on the trails behind Haʻikū Stairs.

If you want to see sunrise or sunset, I recommend beginning at noon and sleeping over. The mountain is usually cold, rainy, misty and windy, so prepare accordingly. A good insulating mat is a must if you plan to spend the night.

‘Good’ hiking shoes are NOT sufficient. I recommend soft rubber ‘hiking cleats’, a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy your activity rather than merely survive it.

Ask me for detailed ‘why’s behind shoe criteria.

b. The stairs.

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

The financial setback usually begins around $5,000 depending on legal fees, travel expenses, fines. If there is any impact on professional life it can be 100x that. I recommend handling this decision carefully.

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

(5) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go upstairs 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 have ‘stepped into’ the experience 3,922 times, as we move from civilization to 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 their best photos, and head back down. (I suggest studying which photo angles make the best statements before you hike.)

When you get to the top, don’t leave quickly. Lean back and enjoy the main event.

The magic begins when you settle in with comforts to look back on your work - while still in the environment of it.

We create space at the top with good scents and music to soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, revel in the story of this day, and relax on memory foam pads inside clean fuzzy jackets tasting wine paired to warm Vermont maple syrup on nutmeg French Toast.

If you start down right away, the noise of civilization dominates the fragile nuances of truth you uncovered along the way, before they have time to set into your memory.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of the experience. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we begin up, I’m lost on it too!

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, today for the 301st time. I’m stoked!

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

5 things about stairway:

(1) It is illegal, but not unsafe.

In 70+ years there have been no falling deaths on the stairs. Compare that to 54 air rescues on diamondhead last year. By total death count, the Stairway to Heaven could be Oahu’s safest trail. (Although it still deserves caution.)

(2) Contribute to what you love.

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

Poop: bury it or squat over a one-gallon bag, toss the wipes in, press the air out, tripple bag and pack it out like a diaper.

(3) Take it easy on the neighbors.

Most locals are friendly, but some are understandably aggressive. Blood has spilled over this hike more than once in the past year. You cannot be too careful.

(4) 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, but got caught by police. When we got back to the hotel we slept. We really wanted to take a picture on the stairs so we decided to go the ‘back way’. It was harder than we expected, and when we got to the top we decided we needed to take the stairs down because we would rather get the ticket than die.”

If you are considering going the legal way, choose companions who will be willing to return down the legal way also. You can easily get a ticket coming down the stairs.

Except under special circumstances, I normally do not guide the ‘back way’. There is another guide who provides equipment and coaching for that experience.

a. The ‘back way’

Legal access hours to Moanalua Valley Trail are 7am - 7pm with the same ticket as the front way if you’re caught after hours. I recommend starting right at 7am because it’s safer to not rush on the mountain. If you think you’re lost, take the only certain way out - which is to turn around. It’s easy to find yourself in a life-threatening position on the trails behind Haʻikū Stairs.

If you want to see sunrise or sunset, I recommend beginning at noon and sleeping over. The mountain is usually cold, rainy, misty and windy, so prepare accordingly. A good insulating mat is a must if you plan to spend the night.

‘Good’ hiking shoes are NOT sufficient. I recommend soft rubber ‘hiking cleats’, a GPS device, cautious confidence, and enough internal fortitude to enjoy your activity rather than merely survive it.

Ask me for detailed ‘why’s behind shoe criteria.

b. The stairs.

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

The financial setback usually begins around $5,000 depending on legal fees, travel expenses, fines. If there is any impact on professional life it can be 100x that. I recommend handling this decision carefully.

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

(5) Linger in the mountain.

People think I go for the epic view, but when we go upstairs 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 have ‘stepped into’ the experience 3,922 times, as we move from civilization to 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 their best photos, and head back down. (I suggest studying which photo angles make the best statements before you hike.)

When you get to the top, don’t leave quickly. Lean back and enjoy the main event.

The magic begins when you settle in with comforts to look back on your work - while still in the environment of it.

We create space at the top with good scents and music to soak in the bliss of it. We write our names, revel in the story of this day, and relax on memory foam pads inside clean fuzzy jackets tasting wine paired to warm Vermont maple syrup on nutmeg French Toast.

If you start down right away, the noise of civilization dominates the fragile nuances of truth you uncovered along the way, before they have time to set into your memory.

Reflection in-space is the actual gem of the experience. Even after so many times, I haven’t gotten tired of it. Once we begin up, I’m lost on it too!

Aloha,
@Hawaii_Mountain.Man.Matt

I'm writing this as a warning -- I was going to do this trail, but today when we visited the museum nearby, there was a sign up warning visitors about this trail. Please be aware that this trail is NOT meant for hiking and isn't kept as a hiking trail; a lot of it is overgrown and it's hard to see where you could fall through. Someone fell just last week and had to be rescued.

Basically, although people may say it's worth it, just be smart. There are plenty of other amazing trails in this park.

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