Would you dare hike a steep hiking trail that seems to reach heaven? Well, if you would then head to the island of O’ahu, Hawaii for this very satisfying adventure of a lifetime. But before you book your ticket to this island in the Pacific, check these facts and photos and give it some thought.
This is to introduce you to the Ha’iku Stairs also known as Ha’iku Ladder or the Stairway to Heaven. It’s an adventure site for the bravest at heart. The trail is risky especially on rainy days. There are no ropes to hold on to but just the steel bars beside your every step. So if you are afraid of heights, remember never to look down.
A total of 3,922 steps to heaven
Do not count the number of steps because it might divide your focus while traversing the steep mountain. From the very base to the very top, there are 3,922 steps in all.
It was built during World War II
The stairway to heaven was built in 1942 at the height of World War II. At that time, tourism or hiking was never a reason for its construction. In fact, it was a top secret facility for military use.
The stairway leads to the Ha’iku Radio Station
At the top of a mountain ridge overlooking the Haiku Valley, the Haiku Radio Station is strategically located. This facility was never like any ordinary radio station. The US Navy made use of it to transmit a powerful signal to navy ships operating across the Pacific. The station was commissioned in 1943.
Hawaii declared the site closed
After the radio station was decommissioned in the 1950s, the local government declared the trail closed to the public in 1987. The closure was declared for reasons of high risk of danger to those hiking the trail. But the “no trespassing” and the guard posting at the base have never had the power to stop the adventurous spirits to climb.
A storm in 2015 brought damage to some parts of the stairway
In February 2015, a powerful storm hit the island of O’ahu. The storm brought damage to some parts of the trail but can still be climbed until today.