Are you willing to risk your life, as well as a huge fine, to see one of the most epic views in the world? There are many thrill seekers and dare devils who travel to the beautiful Hawaiian Island of Oahu for an illegal adventure that some say is priceless. During WWII, the government spent $875,000 to build a ladder to reach the service towers sitting high on top of the mountain peaks. This ladder/staircase is just about 4,000 stairs total and reaches a vertical gain of over 2,800 feet. This offers some of the most amazing views in the world, but at a price. This hike has been forbidden by the Hawaiian government due to liability issues and land access problems. Even though they face a serious fine, there are dozens of people who sneak in to hike this staircase every day. Most people tend to start the hike around 2:00 am so they can catch the sunrise from the peak. This also helps them start the hike under the cover of darkness as to not get caught by the local police.
The Stairway To Heaven
This hike is also known as the Haiku Stairs.
Parts of this hike are literally straight up ascents on some rickety metal stairs.
Some parts are straight drops that you have to be very careful to go down but the views are phenomenal.
The stairs used to be wood. The government spent $875,000 on repairing the stairs and replacing them with metal ones. They planned on opening it to the public but land disputes and liability issues prevented this.
One man named Samuel Norwack and his friends decided to tackle the treacherous hike at 2:30 in the morning in order to catch the sunrise.
Around 4:00 am, they were engulfed with dense fog.
Parts of the hike are incredibly dangerous like this insanely steep descent.
They are literally climbing a ladder down a mountain ridge.
But the views are absolutely worth it.
The risk of a fine or even death wasn’t enough to stop them from experiencing the sunrise from over 2,800 feet above sea level.
At the base of the hike where travelers start is a small gate and a shack. There used to be a guard ticketing hikers but he hasn’t been there since the beginning of this year. When police are called, they can wait at the bottom and will possibly write you a ticket or give you a warning.
Samuel Norwack shot a video of the entire hike and it is absolutely unreal. Check it out below.
Would you risk your life and possibly a ticket to see the heavenly views from atop a lush mountain range overlooking the ocean? I’d have to say I would. As long as you are careful and really watch your step, the hike and risk seems worth it. Plus you’re in Hawaii. I mean how bad could things really be?