CLOSED - Haiku Stairs (Stairway To Heaven)

Honolulu, HI

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It's the most controversial hike on the island! The Haiku Stairs is one of the most sought after hikes on the island, but due to worried and frustrated landowners any hiker wanting to go up the stairway will need to bypass private property and a security guard.

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Victor Trevisanut (206)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Amazing hike. Like the comments say there is a guard on duty, and they are there 24 hours a day (2 guards, a 12-hour shift each). They won't let you up no matter what, we even offered a $150 bribe. However, if you are okay with some serious bush whacking in very thick jungle, you can sneak your way around him if it's early morning, with some effort. The hike itself is beyond intense, definitely the sketchiest hike I've ever done. Do not attempt unless you know what you're doing and are an experienced hiker in good shape. You will most likely experience strong winds up top, rain, fog and fatigue, so come prepared and be careful!!!

Alex Stanley (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Completed an entire trail all the way to the abandoned radar station in about 2 hours on Halloween. Recommend to get to the gate at 3am and use the access point above school though the jungle. Guard is on duty 24/7 but if you do not use flashlights and stay extremely quite after you enter the road though the hole he won't notice you if you flank to the left. Section of the stairs before 1st platform is an extremely crazy and steep, in some sections is a 90 degrees vertical climb with the 300 foot drops on each side.
Things get better after 1st platform but before the 3rd platform things get steep and scary again for a few sections with a vertical climb. On top the very top views are breathtaking.

Shane Flynn (56)

1 Completed1 Reviews

So I just did this trail on October 23rd and went at about 4pm because I read that there was only a guard posted from 4am-4pm. This information was wrong and I got there right when they were changing shifts so a new guard was just arriving. I wasn't about to turn back so instead of walking to the entrance, I climbed the side of the mountain below the entrance and then traversed across to the stairs well out of sight of the guard. It was actually really easy and there is so much brush and trees that the guard doesn't have a clear line of sight until you are 300-400 yards up the trail. The bottom line is be respectful of the houses in the neighborhood when you park and walk in and don't cause issues. I highly highly recommend this trail and going in the daytime was so much better than pre-dawn because you could see everything!

Jonathan Young (56)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Make sure you start the hike at 3 to give you time to get to the stairs, I thought the guard would post up by the first gate but he's by the stairs. I pulled the navy card and he said no.

Puss Small Boots (11829)

90 Completed60 Reviews

Approach from Moanalua Middle ridge / Kamananui Valley Road. Take your classic stairs photos and return the same way.

Heather Sumner (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Police officer waiting at the bottom. Absolutely beautiful though.

Kapena Stone (41)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Trail is closed. Residents near the trailhead marked here have had it with trespassers, rubbish, noisy hikers at all hours of the day. Police are being called and citations are being written.

Michal Koch (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Can anobody tell me maybe enclosing a printscreen from google maps - where exactly the guard is?

Andy Mack (71)

10 Completed3 Reviews

Great hike, definitely one of the best spots on the island to watch the sun rise. Takes about 40-45 minutes to get to the top from the bottom gate. Wear good shoes, it gets wet the last 1/4 up

Carlos Iruegas (200)

5 Completed1 Reviews

Hell of a hike, 2nd time doing it and just as amazing as the first time. If you get the chance do this hike for sure, no doubt and experience. Oh and you might meet some very cool people, had a shot of Vodka with some Estonians! Oh and ice cream at the top.