This 4,000-Step 'Stairway To Heaven' In Hawaii Is Illegal, But A Must-Visit (Photos)
This incredibly sketchy, 4,000-step ladder is part of a gut-wrenching hike found in Hawaii. It's called the Haiku Stairs and it's completely illegal. It seems that illegal attractions are trending in Hawaii these days.
Just yesterday, we introduced you to that illegal water slide that doubles as a reservoir. This time, it's all about the Haiku Stairs.
As you probably already know by now, daredevils like to take matters into their own hands when they find out they're not allowed to do something.
This hike is at the top of their list. It's been illegal for 26 years, and will most likely always be, but that's doesn't matter to the people who have dared to conquer it!
According to Best Places Hawaii, the ladder was built back in 1943 during World War II. Why? The ladder provided access to buildings at the top that were used as transmission stations.
These days, it can be used to prove to everyone how badass you actually are! Check out the photos below for a closer look.
Would you put your life on the line to hike this rickety, old ladder?
This is one of the easier parts, believe it or not. Things get a lot steeper!
There are several points during the hike where the elevated surfaces will raise you above the clouds.
Sometimes you have to risk your life for that perfect Instagram photo.
Others risk their lives to capture the entire thing on camera and upload it for the world to see.
Samuel Nowack and his crew decided they wanted to see the sunrise from the Haiku Stairs. They left for it at 2:15 am.
Two hours later, at around 4 am, things got a bit foggy as they approached the summit.
The entire thing was filmed. Parts like this will make you queasy! Like I said, it gets steeper.
You'd think the entire hike was straight upward, but there are certain obstacles that require you to trek down ladders backward.
I guess you could say the views are worth the hike. Breathtaking!
These equally sketchy platforms serve as resting areas for daring hikers. Hey, they're human, too!
There used to be a guard to prevent trespassers from attempting this incredibly dangerous hike, but that was back in 2013.
Grab the popcorn and watch the full hike here:
Photos Courtesy: Imgur