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Georgi D
Oahu, HI1 bidrag
apr. 2021 • Familie
All access points are now allowed. Not even from Moanalua.

Once you step foot on the Haiku stairs or the top landing point, you are trespassing. All access is closed to all activity on or near the stairway.

Hikers are trespassing across multiple landowner properties and could face legal action from any of these private entities as well as the government.

Even though it hasn’t happened in the past doesn’t mean it isn’t happening now.

More than a hundred $1,000 violations have been given out in the past month.
Skrevet 17. april 2021
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MichiganBy7
28 bidrag
feb. 2020
We were looking for a "good" hike to do. My daughter wanted to hike from the Hilton Hawaiian Village up to the top of Diamond Head. Nice, but a little vanilla. I challenged her to do something a little more challenging. We agreed on the Pali Puka Hike. Problem was we got confused with directions and ended up at the parking lot for the start of the Moanalua Valley Trail Hike. This hike is the "legal" way to gain access to the Stairway to Heaven (Otherwise know as the Haiku Stairs).

We thought that the hike we were attempting (Paki Palu) was an easy 2.2 miles out and 2.2 miles back. WRONG.

We were there, so not realizing what lay before us, we started the hike. Very little water, no food, a little candy, cameras and fortunately GOOD hiking boots.

(Note - If you do this trail, the whole thing is 10-12 miles in length, start no later than 0830 am, have plenty of water, food, good boots and gloves for climbing the last sections).

The first 2.8 miles is a nice little hike, ANYONE can do it. At the 2.8 mile point you come to a fork in the road, go LEFT. Do NOT go right like we did initially. We went 30 minutes the wrong way, had to double back, this ate up a lot of our daylight.

Once back at the sign, we went left and immediately all hell breaks loose. The entire climb ascends some 2,600', most of it after the split at 2.8 miles. If it's muddy, it's really tough. Intermittent cloud cover, and rain makes its even more challenging. Since we started out so late, we did not see any other people until we were well into the hike and they were returning. Most being successful, a few tapped out at the rope sections. Every single group however started that from whatever point we met them at, it got a lot steeper from that point on. And it did. It is ABSOLUTELY CRAZY, but exhilarating. People have died on this trail. A lot of the time you have 1.000' vertical drops on both the left and the right of you and the path is only 2' wide. If you don't like heights, don't do this hike.

Up and up and up we went. our pace slowed dramatically as a result and with 0.9 miles to go, while not having reached any of the most challenging rope sections, my daughter (27), wife (55) and myself (60), decided that we did not have enough daylight left to complete the hike and return down the mountain safely (like it was even safe in the first place). We turned back.

Phenomenally beautiful photos. Absolutely 10 out of 10 in regards to challenge, adventure, craziness, confidence building etc.

I am amazed that one of the three of us did not get seriously injured at sometime in our adventure.

Although we failed, I sort of understand how people must feel, not being able to complete a venture like Everest etc.. initially stating that they would never attempt it again and then the next year, there they are.

So I guess we'll see.

There was a 75 year old, purple haired hippy looking dude who supposedly does the thing 5 times a week and completed it over 800 times. He's in great shape and I guess acts as a guide for hire. So there's hope for me I guess.
Skrevet 15. februar 2020
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Lia S
41 bidrag
okt. 2019
Be well prepared! It took us 6 hours round and back.. min 2L of water, food, good trailing shoes and a coat cause its windy and cold at the top..
no kids and no dogs..not good for those who are afraid of heights..
chose your day very carefully.. dont go if it was raining the day before otherwise it will be muddy..
Skrevet 29. oktober 2019
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shetahall
Hamilton, New Zealand106 bidrag
aug. 2019 • Venner
A fabulous hike for the well prepared. I took of at 7.30am and had picked a day to ensure the track was dry.
Quite dusty, a few ropes to clamber up and needless to say a very effective way to get over a fear of heights.
It was also quite windy along the top of the ridgeline; so keep safe!
I wore trail shoes - I certainly didnt see a need for spikes.
3litres of water was used effectively and a good supply of snacks & MCT shots got me through well.
Skrevet 19. august 2019
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yousuke o
Aiea, HI238 bidrag
jun. 2019 • Alene
このトレイルは、あの天国への階段の頂上にアクセスできる唯一の合法的なトレイルです。最初は1時間程度ほぼ平坦な道のりを歩きます。途中、迷ってしまう分岐がありますので、気をつけて下さい。私は2回間違えて、30分程度ロスしました。ロープがないのに、とても急な勾配や乾いた川の中を歩いていたら、それは誤りです。歩いて1時間あたりにそんな迷うところがあります。登る人は多いので、迷わず話かけて道を聞きましょう。そのあとは大丈夫です。整備されたトレイルと言えますが、傾斜もなかなかキツく、頂上が見えてからの登りはかなり苦しいです。
ただし、登り切ったら最高のご褒美が待っています。頂上までは私は3時間45分かかりました。途中30分の迷子があるので、これくらいかかりました。
頂上では、曇ったら何も見えないので、よく天気は気をつけましょう。他方、雲は意外と早く動くこともあるので、登りきって曇っていた場合、ある程度粘ることも考慮してもいいかもしれません。頂上でスパむすびを食べましたが、キツくて食欲がなく、全然美味しくなかったです。早めの食事と栄養補給を心がけましょう。
下りは砂石のせいでけっこう滑りますので、慎重に!ただ、草とかに足を取られる心配はなく、けっこう安定してはいます。
下りは2時間40分でした。空腹でかなりバテバテでしたので、食べやすいものがあるといいと思います。あと、頂上手前から足をつりはじめて、これ以上登りが続いたらもう身動き取れなくなったかもしれません。
とにかく、体力が必要です。
Skrevet 16. juni 2019
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Matthew B
Sydney, Australia129 bidrag
jun. 2019
This walk is amazing. It’s quite dangerous and difficult however the view is well worth it. At the top it the Haiku Stairs however I could not reach these as it had been raining the day prior and the slope was to muddy and impossible to get up. That being said even after hiking/climbing for 3 hours it was totally worth it as the outlook from the trail was incredible. Would recommend shoe spikes to help with that last bit.
Skrevet 7. juni 2019
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TheMountainYogini
Vancouver, Canada41 bidrag
aug. 2018
If you are seeking a beautiful hike, with a variety of terrain and amazing views, this is the hike for you! I hiked this trail last month with my 20 year old son and it was a veritable adventure. At one junction, it gets very confusing and you might not know which way to go so make sure you have copies of clear instructions with you. We did and it saved us from getting lost. Bonus; this trail leads you to the top of the Haiku Stairs, aka; Stairway to Heaven. Hiking up the Moanalua Trail is LEGAL unlike hiking up the Haikus Stairs. But, honestly, aside from being the legal way up the mountain, it is the BEST way. It's a much more challenging and exciting hike compared to the Haiku Stairs themselves. Wear solid hiking boots and bring lots of water!
Skrevet 20. september 2018
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amandabgarrett
Nashville, TN159 bidrag
sep. 2018 • Par
First things first....my husband and I are in decent shape. We're mid-30's and we Crossfit 3x/week. However, that did not prepare for the difficulty of this hike. Lots of endurance is needed, as the incline starts 2 miles or so in, and does NOT let up until the top. The ridge line is narrow, though not frighteningly so, and there are several sections with near-vertical climbs. Thank goodness for the ropes! The day we went was sunny, but there was definitely a lot of mud. I don't think we would have made it without micro-spikes on our shoes.It took up about 4 hours to reach the top.
With all of that being said, it was really hard, but so so so worth it. It's do-able. Make sure you are reasonably fit, have proper attire/shoes, bring lots of water, and don't go if it's rainy or has been raining. The mud can get intense.
The views are amazing, and seeing the stairs was a bucket list item for sure!
Skrevet 20. september 2018
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JessicaG7
32 bidrag
sep. 2018 • Alene
A really fun and challenging hike, with spectacular views most of the way, and of course the only (legal) way to spot the infamous stairway to heaven/Haiku stairs! If your average joe blow like me, but like getting muddy, walking through streams, crawling up hills, rappelling back down with a questionable rope, enjoy heights, and have a decent fitness level (can do hills without hating life...much) this is the hike for you! Not having much hiking experience I chose to go with a guide to avoid getting lost or making a complete butt out of myself. If your in a similar situation I’d recommend the same, pricey but worth it.
Anyway a bit of info below if your planning to trek it also!...

Things I found useful to pack:
- WATER! And lots of it. Hike up hard, hike down usually hot. Pack at least 3L (it’s a lot but not that heavy you can do it! 100% essential)
- sunscreen and hat!! Some cover in the wall but not along the ridges much
- snacks (or Powerade etc if eating and exercise makes you feel like dying like myself)
- SPIKES! Rain, Hal or shine! There will be mud and I found it made it so much more enjoyable not worrying about slipping and falling to my death as much (kidding, but seriously spikes guys!)
- Extra set of clothes, you will be filthy if you’ve done it right
- Plastic bag (for wet dirty clothes, rubbish etc)
- Gloves! Personally I didn’t use the ropes much but they help for that, but more so found them helpful just to keep hands clean so I could drink/eat/take selfies without putting mud on everything
- Camera (I just had my phone in an arm strap so I could grab it real quick and easy

Things I wish I’d packed....
- Towel, to wipe entire body :/ so much mud!
- longer sleeve shirt/shirts to avoid wicked sunburn
- harder shoes for the spikes (so many toe blisters now! Ouch!)

Additional info!....
- although I’ve only done this the once, feel (and have been told by very experienced hikers) that this trail is extremely weather dependant. If it’s forecast windy or rainy, I’d hold off until it had been dry for a few days and the day your planning on going, so you can really enjoy the hike and make it as safe as possible.
- I went with @MikeKaras, good bloke, very organised and really looks out for the group. Provides all essential gear as well. Bloody legend.

Safe and happy travels all! Please comment/contact if any additional questions! (Or however TripAdvisor works I am a technological doofus)
Skrevet 10. september 2018
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Tomasz K
8 bidrag
aug. 2018 • Par
Who is to thank for laying down those ropes without help of we wouldnt get to the top? That was a muddy and demanding hike but I wonder... who went there first and blazed the trail?
Skrevet 22. august 2018
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