8. Haiku Stairs, Oahu, Hawaii
The Haiku stairs are a steep, forbidden hiking trail situated along the Ko’olau mountain range in the Oahu Island of Hawaii. This surreal hiking is also known as ‘stairway to heaven’. Haiku stairs truly deserve this name because of the amazing panoramic view it offers. Since 1987, it remains closed to the public.
The Haiku stairs were originally built during World War II for U.S militants to access the radio stations at the mountain top. In the 1950s, the original wooden steps were replaced by the metal steps. In the past, The hikers used to climb 3955 steps of Haiku stairs to ascend to 2120 ft. high mountain range.
You can see ‘No Trespassing’ signs at the starting point of the trail. Still, many hikers continue to access this trail because of the breathtaking view it offers. Sadly, a powerful storm that swept the Oahu Island in February 2015 cause significant damage to the Haiku stairs. The reconstruction can be hard and now it became completely unusable.