STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN OAHU

12 HACKS & TIPS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE HIKING

Haiku Stairs from above

Stairway To Heaven Oahu | 12 Hacks & Tips You Must Know Before Hiking


So if you’ve clicked on this article, chances are you already know what the Stairway To Heaven is.

However if not, be sure check out the Stairway To Heaven article below for a complete and detailed guide to successfully completing  The Haiku Stairs.

 The Haiku Stairs | How To Conquer The Most Illegal Hike In Hawaii

I’m sure you are aware that Stairway To Heaven is a super illegal to hike, so in order to complete this journey safely and without getting arrested/fined $1000 USD, there are a few awesome tips you should know about.

This is one of Hawaii’s most intense hikes, so you definitely want to prepare yourself in the best way possible!

Follow the 12 tips below to make your journey up Stairway To Heaven Oahu an incredible, unforgettable experience!


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1. TAKE AN UBER, DON'T DRIVE!

We recommend taking an Uber instead of driving your car for a few reasons…

Firstly, the locals living in that neighborhood are furious with the hikers passing through their streets to complete an illegal hike, so if they see your car and suspect anything, they will have your car towed!

Of course you can always park in the next neighbourhood and walk to the entrance to start your hike, however this brings me to my next reason as to why you should Uber there instead.

If you get caught by the patrolling Police, even by just walking in the neighbourhood you can be fined on the assumption that you’re trying to hike the Stairway To Heaven. Stupid, I know.

Therefore just take an Uber!

Pro Tip
Just make sure your Uber is already waiting for you when they pick you up after the hike so you don’t risk getting caught waiting or walking in the neighborhood.

2. START THE HIKE AT 3-4 IN THE MORNING TO MAKE IT IN TIME FOR SUNRISE

To hike up in time to see the sunrise, you have to start hiking at around 3-4 in the morning!

The hike up takes around 3 – 4 hours.

Be sure to check what time sunrise is and allow enough time for setbacks like guards stopping you, having to take action on Plan B or losing your way through the bamboo forest.

Another reason to start the hike in the dark is so you can make your way through the neighborhood and bamboo forest without any locals or guards spotting you and risking a fine if they call the Police!

 

3. WATCH THE SUNRISE FROM THE SECOND OR THIRD PLATFORM

Most people make it all the way to the top of the Haiku Stairs to watch sunrise. But if it’s cloudy (which on most days it is), then you won’t be able to see the sunrise from the very top.

You’re better off waiting at the second or third platform where it’s low enough to see the sunrise, but high enough for an incredible view overlooking Oahu.

4. TAKE A HEADLAMP

Haiku Stairs Light

There’s no way we would’ve been able to find our way around the forest in the dark without headlamps.

Don’t skip this step! You need a headlamp to help you find your way, especially if you’re taking the bamboo forest route.

Not sure which route to take? Read this!

The Haiku Stairs | How To Conquer The Most Illegal Hike In Hawaii

5. USE GOOGLE MAPS AND A SCREENSHOT OF OUR GUIDED MAP TO HELP YOU FIND THE BASE OF THE HAIKU STAIRS

Hiking through a bamboo forest in the dark with no footpath to guide you is the hardest part of the journey to the Haiku Stairs.

Use our guided map below to show you where to go, along with the use of Google Maps which will show you your current location, to be sure your headed in the right direction. Both tools will come in handy during your hike.

Our article on Everything You Need To Know About The Stairway To Heaven has all the info you need to know, including a guided map we made to help you get to the base of the stairs.

 

6. BRING BEER

Although it’s only around 6.30am and the sun has barely come up, everyone has a victory drink once accomplishing the risky Stairway To Heaven Oahu Hike!

Don’t worry, it’s noon somewhere!

7. BRING SNACKS

Along with your victory beer, you might want to eat a victory sandwich too. After hiking for a few hours and waiting up there to watch the clouds clear to reveal the incredible view, you’ll need a snack or two to get you through.

You’ll definitely want to refuel your body before making your way down again!

 

8. BRING A JACKET!!! WATERPROOF IF YOU HAVE ONE

If you have a waterproof jacket, BRING IT! And wear a warmer jacket underneath that too. When you’re so high up in the clouds, it’s windy as hell, and everything is damp, including you.

Do not skip this step… I repeat, DO NOT!

9. BRING A SPARE T-SHIRT

Haiku Stairs Pose

If you have a waterproof jacket, BRING IT! And wear a warmer jacket underneath that too. When you’re so high up in the clouds, it’s windy as hell, and everything is damp, including you.

Do not skip this step… I repeat, DO NOT!

10. BRING YOUR DRONE

Haiku Stairs Drone

It’s risky because of the winds and mountains all over the place, but boy is it worth it!

 

11. WAIT FOR THE CLOUDS TO CLEAR UP

I know it’s freezing cold and you almost can’t function, and it’s cloudy so you can’t even see anything anyway, but don’t give up!

Wait for the clouds clear up, to reveal Hawaii’s most incredible view!

It may take an hour or two, but you won’t be sorry once you see the view. Oh, and it will become warmer as soon as the sun peeps above the clouds, so the shivering will stop and your clothes will dry!

 

12. HIKE BACK DOWN THE LEGAL WAY

Haiku Stairs The legal way 2

So as it turns out, you actually have more of a chance of getting caught and fined by the Police on your way DOWN the Haiku Stairs.

Reason being, the guards or anyone driving on the highway can see you on the stairs about 30 minutes before you reach the bottom. If they call the cops to come, they will be waiting there ready to fine you once you finish the hike.

How do you avoid this, you ask?

There’s a ‘legal’ hike to the top of Stairway To Heaven Oahu! It’s called Moanalua Ridge and it’s insane!

Adrenaline junkies, pay attention! You won’t want to miss out on this one. It definitely takes longer than the Stairway To Heaven, about 3-3.5 hours, but it’s totally and utterly worth it.

It’s actually more dangerous than the Haiku Stairs, and this one should probably be illegal instead, but let’s keep that one a secret.

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