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Stairs to Shelob's Lair

The title of this review is what I thought when I first saw the start of the trail. For those of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Easy Hike with Amazing Views!

This hike is a little out of the way and hard to find the entrance but is worth finding it. This... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The title of this review is what I thought when I first saw the start of the trail. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, its a reference to the scene in the Lord of the Rings movie where the stairs...More

1  Thank Ha_Y_an_Traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a strenuous, steep short hike with exposure. Not great for someone afraid of heights, I would say. My buddy and I decided that the climb back down from the pillboxes would be less fun than following the trail past the second pillbox which...More

Thank Leif A
Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

This hike is a little out of the way and hard to find the entrance but is worth finding it. This one is more of a nature hike and has a little bit of loose gravel but wear proper running/workout shoes and you’ll be fine....More

Thank EmilyPurchase
Reviewed 18 May 2018

This is the best little hike. I love going for sunrise. Don't try to hike it on a holiday weekend. I think they have banned parking in the neighborhood on a holiday weekend. You can still park at the beach and walk, it will just...More

Thank smartin688
Reviewed 22 March 2018

We hiked this trail with our 2 young kids aged 7 and 10. The trail is very difficult at times and I was a bit scared that one of our kids was going to slip on a rock. I saw people trying to do this...More

1  Thank PatriciaTraveller
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We stayed in Kailua and woke up extremely early naturally. We were on Florida time - not quite adjusted to the time change yet. We had so much energy we decided to do a sunrise hike. We drove around hunting for parking near the trail...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

I went on the hike with 2 other adults 1 teen and a toddler. Once in the hike it's not as bad as it seems. For me it was harder coming down, than going up. But if you take your time and pay attention, it's...More

Thank Princesski
Reviewed 13 February 2018

First, I want to mention that if this hike is considered a "beginner" hike... then I'm reaaaaally interested in knowing what an "advanced" hike is. This isnt a casual hike through the woods with maintained trails and paths. This is a hike up a mountain...More

4  Thank MaximII
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

We did this early in the morning but unfortunately due to some rain the first 5/10 mins uphill was very muddy and very slippery! So wear Old clothes and shoes. After that it was all good but all Uphill obviously, I would say this is...More

Thank EmandstuartfromNZ
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

I got into hiking 2 years ago and have been looking forward to doing the Pillbox hike at sunrise since I began planning my trip to the island. Let me preface this review by saying I am extremely overweight although I do exercise regularly. I...More

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Response from Jen M | Reviewed this property |
It’s kind of tough in parts but I never felt unsafe and I hiked it in flip flops and a swimsuit due to my sis-in-law deciding last minute we were doing that instead of the beach. It wasn’t ideal but it wasn’t terrible. It... More