Stairway to Heaven/Haiku Stairs
Makena st + Kuneki St, Kaneohe, HI, USA
Stairway to Heaven/Haiku Stairs Kaneohe Reviews
Stairway to Heaven (Haiku Stairs) Hike Nov 25, 2013
Stairway to heaven is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu. Some would say it's probably the most infamous hike you can do. This hike has been closed to the public because it became too expensive to perform maintenance on and to attain the proper insurance. Due to this, there are 4 closed gates you'll have to get through and a guard you will have to race in order to even begin.
Most people start this hike between 2-3:00 AM. The guard is said to get to his post at about 4AM. They don't bother you when you're on your way back down the mountain however, so you probably won't have to worry about that.
You'll start at the end of a neighborhood. You'll want to dim your lights and be quiet as sometimes the locals may get upset. You'll see a gate that is closed off. If you are facing the gate, there will be a hole that has been cut through on the right. Once you get through there, follow the paved road up a way. You'll pass a school. Stay on the paved road, after a while, you'll notice a fence (it runs parallel the the freeway above). Look out for a trail on the left hand side that sort of goes through the woods. You'll want to look for another hole in the fence. There are different ones cut in several places, but there is one large one that you should have no trouble getting through. Follow the trail some more. You'll pass the guardstand (which is more of a outdoor shade thing and a lawn chair). Take the trail to the right and you'll finally see the stairs up ahead. There will 2 more fences, but you can make your way around them quite easily. After that, the hike is pretty self explanatory... take the stairs all the way up!
If you do this, be sure to bring layers of clothing (it's freezing at the top), a head lamp because you'll want to use both hands, gloves would be helpful (the kind with rubber on the inside because the railing gets slippery), a towel for the top, and plenty of water.
The sites at the top are very beautiful and the whole experience is well worth the hassle it takes just getting to the hiking area.
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