Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hawaii Hikes: Stairway to Heaven

Happy Thursday loves!

I'm finally back to my normal schedule and don't go back to work until Saturday! Woohoo.. so that means I'm beaching it all day :)

Last week Mike, me, and a couple of friends of ours decided to do the Stairway to Heaven (aka the Haiku Stairs) hike. We've done it before (last April) but decided to do it again since my friend Jessie missed out the first time. This hike is so much fun, but it is definitely sketchy - it's also "forbidden".

It was originally built for the U.S. Coast Guard but later became inaccessible due to lack of maintenance on the stairs. The state officially closed the hike to the public back in 1987. Even though it is closed, we still decided to make the 3,922 step trek up to 2,120 feet above sea level - and you'll see why :)

There is no official entrance to the trail head, and there is usually a guard that stands watch to keep civilians from going up, but if you get there early enough (say, around 3:30am) the guard has not made it to his post yet, and if you hurry, the stairway is yours. 

We actually got to see the sunrise from the very, very top this time and it was amazing. It was still super cold and misty (I mean we're in the clouds!!) but I love this hike and it's totally worth the sketchy, straight up and down parts :)

So I'm leaving you today with all the pictures I took while on the hike last Tuesday morning.

**Disclaimer: All photos were taken by ME with my Nikon CoolPix L120. Please do not copy, crop, or use as your own.**

First platform. Around 4:30am

Heading into the clouds 

The sun peaked through while at the very top of the stairs

 Chino and Jessie

 Overlooking Kaneohe Bay

 Looking into the abyss

I really love the mountains here.

 Of course, had to get a picture with M :)

 The sun was projecting a circled rainbow with out shadow in the center. If you can see it, it was really neat!

 There's the highway below us.

 There were a ton of people on the hike. It was Spring Break

**These next two photos were taken from my friend Jessie who used her iPhone4, which I posted on my Instagram**

So what do you think? After we got down we decided to go to breakfast since it was only around 8:30am. After breakfast Mike and I crashed and slept a good part of the day. It really takes a lot out of you. My calves were feeling it for the next two days!

Want to see other hikes around the island? Go here :)

Time to beach it!



Robin said...

Stunning pictures! I hope we can see that someday.

Alex[andra] said...

Everything about this post makes me envy your life.

I'm so adding this hike to my bucket list!

Beautiful pictures!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

So beautiful!!! I always wished to do that hike!! Hiking at 3:30am sounds like torture but not with views like this!!

Sarah said...

AHHH gorgeous!!!

I would love to hike somwhere that beautiful! Missouri is just not cutting it!!

Happy Thursday gorgeous!!

Danielle Wilson said...

Wow this is sooo cool! I really want to go there now haha. You take some awesome pics:) Have a wonderful day!

Lauren Nelson said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Erin Keene said...

OMG gorgeous!! I would love to do that!!

Becca Moss said...

These are GORGEOUS! Absolutely beautiful.

Meg @ Mr.C and Me said...

wow wow wow. incredible views!!

Becky Dougherty said...

Those pictures are awesome! But WOW...totally freaky looking stairs! lol

Nifty Thrifty Mom said...

When I was there for my Honeymoon I remember seeing those stairs. I love your pictures. I think that island has some breath taking views. One question. When your hike was over, how did you avoid the guard? Because you end where you start right?

Carrie W said...

The pictures are amazing! I would love to do something like that. Jealous!

Jane Adensam said...

Absolutely amazing! This is one hike I definitely want to do before we move.

Hallie Oceanside said...

sooo gorgeous!

I cannot wait to hopefully try it myself one day!

Jackie said...

This looks gorgeous!! I'm doing it in August and can't wait :)

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

These photos are absolutely beautiful and so are you - so pretty!

Sparkles and Shoes

jackie jade said...

oh my goodness - these photos are so so amazing!!

Dara said...

that looks amazing! so when you go down and the guard is there, does he yell at you? sounds like a lot of people sneak in!

Jill J @ Classy with a Kick said...

That totally terrifies me (I am scared of steep stairs) but I am so glad you did it and shared your pictures! We are headed to Kona and Maui in a couple weeks and while we can't top that particular view, I cannot wait to be there! :)

Classy with a Kick

erica @ to the sea said...

Nice! I love stairway. I posted about legalizing it last week. ;)


E said...

Gah! Incredible! I need you to be my tour guide for this one ;-)

Michelle (michabella) said...

Omg!!! The Hubs and I have been wanting to do this hike!!

Helaina Rotondi said...

I'm trying to do this hike Saturday night/ Sunday morning this weekend if anyone is interested in going!