Haiku Stairs (Stairway To Heaven)

Honolulu, HI

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Haiku Stairs is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Heeia, Hawaii. The trail is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen and primarily used for hiking.

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.

The trailhead is guarded, and inaccessible during daylight hours! The only way to access the trail via the trailhead without being turned away by the neighborhood guard (as opposed to approaching it from another trail on the ridge) is to arrive no later than 3am!

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

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10 Completed 2 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

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4 Completed 1 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.

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This trail is CLOSED and has been for over 20 years but folks continue to attempt to access it through private property. There is now a guard posted at the gate and some adjacent land (home) owners have put barb wire up on their fences to keep the trespassers off their PRIVATE PROPERTY. Addtionally the local folks that live in the area are now gathering early in the morning (like 2am early) and preventing wannabe trespassers from climbing the fence and going up. Last night 91 people were turned away. How would you feel if you had 91 unwanted people cutting through your yard. And that's just one day!! This unlawful activity happens year round.

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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Not recommended AT ALL unless you are willing to pay I costly fine., and when I mean a costly fine, you could pay thousands of dollars, NOT WORTH IT

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5 Completed 1 Reviews

HPD has started sending officers to the base of the stairs to issue tickets to people on their way down.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

We want to do this trail in September 2014. Anypne have new recommendations for the hike? What time do you get there, best place to start and how to get there? Thanks

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76 Completed 43 Reviews

This 'trail' is closed.

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13 Completed 9 Reviews

I had so much fun going up the stairs!! The view from top was amazing.

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Ive been up Stairway to Heaven Several times, there are 2 ways to go up, the first is to take the stairs most people use up above Kaneohe, the Second is you can hike a set of trails that go up the opposite side of the mountain your climbing. The Hike up the other side is treacherous and is not something I would reccomend to anyone but the most experienced climbers. The Stairway is also closed to the public and they have a security guard during the day, so most people start early around 5am or so and hike up and come down before the guard arrives around 7am. What we do is we hike up the stairs in the morning and then hike down the other side along the ridgeline down towards the 63 highway, their is a trail that goes through if you know where to look for it, its hard to find though. Fun hike, beautiful views, STAY ON THE STAIRS!!!!! only suicidal locals and people intimately familiar with the area use anything but the stairs, I do not recommend it.

Also, If you want to get to the trail head, its better to take the bus to Windward Community College, and walk up the hill a little bit further and cut behind the hospital, you have to go slightly into the jungle but the trek is easy enough and you avoid pissing off locals by cutting through their yards.

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