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This Stunning But Illegal Hawaii Hike Will Blow Your Mind

Located on the windward coast of Oahu is perhaps the most iconic hike in all of Hawaii: the Stairway to Heaven. The official name of this hike, the one you would see on the trailhead if you dared to visit, is Haiku Stairs. The grueling climb totals approximately 3,922 steps, and is both highly dangerous – and quite illegal as well.

If you want to experience the incredible hike without all the potential consequences – both legal and safety related – check out this YouTube video from Thomas Fisker Engbjerg, who was more than determined to complete this hike.

Engbjerg writes that, though he was sent away at the stairs, he spent four hours climbing up the mountain and around the guard to reach the stairs at a higher elevation. We definitely do not suggest such dangerous and illegal activity.

With absolutely breathtaking views and steep drop offs on either side of the ridge, the Haiku Stairs are undoubtedly one of the most awe-inspiring hikes on the island of Oahu. Though, until the Stairway to Heaven is legalized, I wouldn’t be caught dead on this hike.

Megan Shute
Megan is a freelance journalist residing near Honolulu, Hawaii. Since moving to Hawaii from the mainland two years ago, she has become obsessed with hiking, beach trips, and Kona coffee.