Haiku Stairs: The only off limit stairway to heaven which you can’t resist to climb onto!

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Photo credits: Pintrest

Stairway to heaven, in time and time again is recalled for being sold in the popular rock song sung by Led Zeppelin, but, the latest update is that it is not for sale anymore!

Rather, Stairway to Heaven is illegal to step onto and still manages to top the list of many thrill seekers and hikers.

Question being: Would YOU risk getting prosecuted or putting your life in danger just to check something off your bucket list? If yes, then you must be one heck of an avid chanter of the mantra YOLO!

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Photo credits: Pintrest

We are talking about the infamous Stairway to Heaven AKA Haiku stairs located on a beautiful Island of Oahu, Hawaii.

This is one of those legit off limit and yet so charming hiking trails which exert pull onto almost everybody but is obviously not for the faint of heart or for acrophobic.

Despite the risk of heavy fines of up to $10,000 it could incur, daredevils still take this risk just to feed their adventurous souls.

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Photo credits: Pintrest

You may wonder, is this worth the risk?  Hell yes! The feeling of having the world in your hands is not what you get in your daily humdrum lives.

You should totally go for it without any second thoughts in your head. Moreover, the pictures are itself an answer to your question.

It’s perched on the ridge of the steep Ko’olau Mountain Range with 3,992 steps which ultimately leads to a dilapidated Radio Tower stationed 2,480ft high on Puʻukeahiakahoe i.e. the summit.

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Photo Credits: settlingforawesome.wordpress.com/

Who would’ve possibly installed the staircase and then the Radio tower high up in the sky?

Stairway to heaven was installed back in the year 1942, precisely during WWII, by the US Navy as a strictly confidential facility for transmitting radio signals to their ships sailing in the Pacific waters.

Until 1987 it was opened to the public but when it was reviewed to be precarious, the entry was restricted. Ever since then, a security guard has been placed at the base of the Stairway to put off thrill-seekers and adventurers.

Also, its demolition has been a topic for debate since a very long time.But volunteering organisation like Friends of Haiku Stairs have been fighting to protect the historic stairway.

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Photo credits: http://techy.ninja/

Damn! How am I gonna trespass if a guard is always stationed at the base? I really wanna try this out before it’s brought down!

Worry not, we have a cool hack for this problem.

Guard is actually not the problem. A broad smile or a blatant pass over would help you walk past him very smoothly.

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Photo credits: http://www.dailyventure.com/

The sole problem are the cops who are not always stationed at the base but do visit it for a casual round occasionally . You just have to make sure that they’re not around when you are about to begin with the trek or when you’re descending down the stairway.

Now, when you safely manage to trespass and get started with the hike you don’t have to worry about them following you because they are too lazy to climb the stairs to check if someone is on the trail.

The only thing you should be worrying about now is how you would pose for your next Instagram post!

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photo credits: http://www.wykop.pl

Okay! So there are a few things you must keep in mind before you get started with this gorgeous hike.

Keep a check on the weather forecast before you jump onto any decision because  bad weather can not only ruin your mood but can also ruin you dream of clicking Instagram worthy pictures.

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Photo credits: www.tentree.com

It is always recommended to start the hike at around 3:00 a.m. Not only is it the safest hour to escape the guards/cops but also gives you an amazing opportunity to witness the lovely sunrise while coming down.

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Photo credits: http://www.alohafrom808.com/

Be sure to stay well-equipped with proper shoes and clothes because there are a few sections of the trail which do not have defined stairs and you might have to climb them to ultimately reach the summit. Packing a spare change of Tee would do wonders!

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photo credits: http://www.alohafrom808.com/

Be prepared for a challenging climb and to be awestruck when you see the sun rising beneath once you reach the top.

Being on top is the best feeling in the whole world and when you reach there you feel like an ant that climbed all the way to reach the top of that gigantic hill!

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Photo credits: http://www.alohafrom808.com/

The summit has the most unexpected scenario altogether with an old cabin and a huge antennae on top. Inside of the cabin walls are scribbled with graffiti probably done by the hikers who made a touchdown at that point.

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photo credits: 365daysofhawaii.com

In the end, you will take with you all those breathtaking views captured in your smart phones along with the inspiring climb, endless adrenaline rushes, risky feeling of getting caught all mingled into one feeling of not having second thoughts about considering taking the risk because it will turn out to be totally WORTH IT!

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Photo credits: https://www.instagram.com/hpelli/

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