It’s called the Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the (Stairway to Heaven), and it’s has one of the most breathtaking views in the entire world. However, that view comes with a price… because it’s actually illegal to climb. The stairway was originally installed during World War II so military could access a radio station antennae that sat roughly 2,000 feet up in the mountains.
THE MAJORITY OF THE TREK IS NEARLY VERTICAL
Located on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, this staircase, which reaches a peak of nearly 3,000 feet, is forbidden by the Hawaiian government due to liability issues and land access problems….. a guard was even present during the day (though many people now say the guard is gone).
YOU WOULDN’T WANT TO LOOK DOWN
Even with all the restrictions, it doesn’t stop the thrill seekers, they say it’s worth the risk of being arrested. There are many parts to the hike that are pretty terrifying, but one of the scariest moments are early on, when you’re forced to climb a ladder vertically up a steep mountain….
THERE’S 4,000 STAIRS IN TOTAL
MANY PEOPLE START THE HIKE EARLY IN THE MORNING WHEN IT’S STILL DARK SO THEY CAN CATCH THE SUNRISE
Now the sad part…. Just recently a powerful storm damaged most of the stairs making it now almost completely inaccessible in some spots…. the entire fate of the stairs is now up in the air unless community organizations come together to fix it. Check out some of the surreal photos below… and make sure to watch Samuel Norwack’s video of the entire hike at the end