Haiku Stairs in Hawaii, also known as the Stairway to Heaven is one of the most popular “forbidden” hiking trails in the world.
The trail is extremely steep and very difficult, but the view from the top is totally worth it. It starts at the Valley of Haiku and leads 2,800 ft up the ridge to the top of the mountain. The total number of steps is 3,922. You think you can make it?! Some of the photographs looking downward will make your heart race.
The staircase was originally built during World War II. In 1942 the U.S. Coast Guard began construction of Haiku Radio Station to transmit radio signals to the Navy ships operating in the Pacific. To access this top secret facility easily, they built a wooden ladder up the mountain, that was later replaced by metal steps and ramps. The termination of the station led to the cessation of stair maintenance. As a result, the Haiku stairs became very dangerous to climb. The site was officially closed to the public in 1987. Despite the ‘No Trespassing’ sign, there were many outrageous hikers who continued with their adventurous
After the reparation in 2003, a powerful storm hit the island in 2015, causing significant damage to the staircase. Will the hikers get the chance again to view paradise from heavens – no one knows yet.