Moanalua Valley Trail to the top
of Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven)
10.5 miles 5,029ft elevation Out/Back Trail
AllTrails lists it as Hard
This trail was definitely long, hot and challenging in many spots. A lot of steep climbs in many places, so as always, my spikes came in very handy. There were quite a few steep inclines, and they were not short stints, so it was difficult, but not undo-able. It was one of those hikes, where you know what's at the end, and you push yourself mentally and physically to get there. Its a thousand dollar fine, if you get caught trying to go up them from the bottom, so going the back way, albeit a lot longer, is definitely easier on your wallet. The stairs were closed back in 1987 for safety reasons, so they are like the forbidden fruit for a lot of visitors to the Island. Once you get to the top, there is a nice little area to rest, eat and drink. Then you can traverse down the stairs as far as you want, to get some great pictures. It took me 4 hours to get to the top, and then 3 hours to get back down. Do bring plenty of water. I froze a few bottles also, which works out nicely, cause by the time they thaw, you are ready for a cold drink. I took my time both ways, stopping for pictures and water, so you could probably do it a little faster. It was well worth it to me to do this hike!