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.