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Welcome to The Illegal 4,000-Step ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on a Stunning Hawaiian Island

Get past the guards if you dare... But our advice? Don't look down.

There’s a secret staircase somewhere in Hawaii. Commonly referred to as the ‘Stairway to Heaven’, the path was installed in the second world war to allow military access to a radio antennae. It’s now illegal to climb the route, but with views so terrifyingly beautiful, it’s almost impossible to keep travellers away.

The staircase can be found on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, and due to the ban enforced on the stairs by the Hawaiian government, a guard is often present at the entry point during the day, meaning climbers have to sneak past or find another way to get onto the stair set.

There are a total of 4,000 steps all in all, with the most chilling part of the climb coming near enough right at the start of the stair case, when you’re forced to climb a vertical ladder that rises up the face of a mountain.

You might not think that sounds too scary, but when you consider that you have to come down it on the way back as well, without safety gear, it’s not exactly a walk in the park.

According to recent reports, a storm has damaged some of the stairs, meaning it’s now almost impossible to make the full climb to the top. Whether reparations will be made is yet to be seen, but with the stairs meant to be off access to the public, it seems unlikely.

The rewards for those who do make the climb though are views unlike anything you could get in the world. From around 3,000ft high, you get a bird eye’s view of the Hawaiian Island and the water that stretches as far as the eye can see.

We don’t advise going on the hike of course. After all, it’s illegal. But if you do happen to take it on… feel free to send in the GoPro footage.

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