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hiking
7 hours ago

Very pretty trail, clearly doesn't get a lot of traffic judging by how overgrown it is. Wear long pants! There's a pretty significant slide at around roughly 3 miles in, which there are a few photos of on this page. The ground was very crumbly and slippery and the webbing there did not look like it would do a lot for you if you were to fall, so that was where we called it a day. It was still a nice hike even without making out to the open ridge.

Great hike with some great challenges on the way to the third peak.

hiking
8 hours ago

went up there today and did all three hikes, the last one was really challanging and a few times I peed my pants

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

Great views from the top.

Easy!
Bring bug spray
Great for my dogs

I will climb the Haʻikū Stairs, aka Stairway to Heaven, this Tuesday the 19th for the 262nd 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, this Tuesday the 19th for the 262nd 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

Really great views. Pretty flat and easy ground to walk on.

Really beautiful

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.

All I can say is that the struggle the entire way was absolutely worth it. Once you hit the ridge, it’s gorgeous views the entire way. I would absolutely check the weather beforehand and also recent reviews to see what the status of the trail is because it does get pretty narrow and there can be a fair amount of mud. Regardless, so worth it! I’d do it again, of course, after my legs recover.

hiking
1 day ago

Short hike with awesome views. Not kid or pet friendly due to having to vertical climb in a few areas. Bring your camera and water, shorts is fine. Some kiawe and loose rocks.

Aloha! Will be hiking this upcoming 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! Will be hiking this upcoming 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.

Get there early or too many tourists. Hot bring lots of water and sunscreen

Not well marked. Very hot bring lots of water

Loved the jump and the giants tree

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.

Strong body hike in the beginning, like Koko Head on steroids...gets easier when you get to the end and head up to Olympus but there are some gnarly ropes. Really solid 4-5 hour activity

hiking
1 day ago

Me and my husband did this hike today, it‘s a nice and easy hike.we saw also some ppl with there kids doing it.

trail running
1 day ago

My "home" trail. I try to get there as soon as gates open at 7. Dogs and I start out to the left. Fongs Ridge Road goes straight up kinda steep towards the end. Otherwise it is a nice go up through the different veg zones if you take the normal loop. Fongs joins the loop at the top, going straight through, you can run down the drier southern part of the loop with less concern of slipping. The invasive (but beautiful) torch ginger section is a treat at the halfway point.

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.

It’s harder than moderate IMO. But great muddy fun.

hiking
1 day ago

Back again and Mother Nature is trying to reclaim this one. Agree the tall grass (especially at the start) is tough. Do it anyway. It’s worth it. If you can’t follow the exact trail just free style it. Follow the slope, you’re going up. Keep your eyes open and you’ll find the trail again. The plateaus are clear and give you a chance to reset and find your way. With the tall grass, up is way easier than down. Be careful with your footing.

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.

Favorite hike on Oahu thus far, just a great combination of not being to long for my five year old yet still a challenge for myself. Awesome views from the pillbox.

Awesome views and good for any skill. Drawback is very crowded and tourist trap.

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