This Stunning But Illegal Hawaii Hike Will Blow Your Mind
There is absolutely no doubt about it: the Hawaiian Islands are home to some of the world’s greatest hiking trails. And while there are plenty of incredible trails across the islands perfect for beginners, one of the most famous trails is also one of the most dangerous: the Stairway to Heaven. Located on the windward coast of Oahu, the official name of this hike — the one you would see on the trailhead if you dared to visit for yourself — is Haiku Stairs. The grueling climb totals approximately 3,922 steps and is both quite strenuous and dangerous in addition to being completely off-limits.
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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. 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 in the Aloha State — and maybe even the entire world.
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Hiking In Hawaii
May 18, 2020
What are the most beautiful hikes in Hawaii?
The Hawaiian Islands are home to truly stunning hiking trails that criss-cross the islands. Leading to stunning waterfalls, overlooks, unique volcanic features, and so, so much more, here are some of the most beautiful trails in the Aloha State. One of the most popular trails for continuous jaw-dropping views is the Pipiwai Trail, which meanders through a bamboo forest and passes by several cascading waterfalls as well as a massive banyan tree and a few lookout points.
Let’s be honest: it’s hard to find a hike in Hawaii that doesn’t feature at least one stunning view, but some trails stand out above the rest when it comes to vistas that will take your breath away. While almost everyone has heard of — or experienced — the view of Honolulu from the summit of the Diamond Head Crater, we are particularly obsessed with the view of leeward Oahu from Pu’u O Hulu Kai, an underrated switchback trail that’s sure to get your heart pounding.
With more than 10 years of experience as a professional writer, Megan holds a degree in Mass Media from her home state of Minnesota. After college, she chose to trade in her winter boots for slippahs and moved to the beautiful island of Oahu, where she has been living for more than five years. She lives on the west side but is constantly taking mini-road trips across the island and visits the neighboring islands whenever she can getaway. She loves hiking, snorkeling, locally-grown coffee, and finding the best acai bowl on Oahu.
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