Remember that strikingly stunning and famously illegal hike in Hawaii that gave you the chance to view paradise from the heavens?
Well, thanks to a powerful storm, it’s gone. Possibly forever. And we’re heartbroken.
The Stairway to Heaven, Hawaii’s beloved hike that could get you in trouble with the police and requires a $1 million insurance plan, was damaged during a storm that swept through the Hawaiian islands over Valentine’s Day weekend.
After the storm damage, five hikers got stuck on the east side of the mountain’s ridge and were trapped overnight. They were rescued by the Honolulu Fire Department the following morning.
Story continues below…
2.14.2015: BREAKING NEWS from the Ha‘ikū Stairs. With the strong winds and soaking rains we had today, a hiker descending the stairs this afternoon took this photo. A landslide destroyed a portion of the Stairway to Heaven just above the first steep climb from the bottom! #NOTMYPHOTO #haikustairs #stairwaytoheaven #stairwaytoheavenoahu #stairwaytoheavenhike #hikinghawaii #hikehawaii #808alldaylong #808everyday #venturehawaii #livealoha #hawaiinei #onlyinhawaii #hawaiiunchained #povhawaii #marveloushawaii #hik3beasthawaii #instahi #insta808 #808state #thealohastyle #alohastate #instagramhawaii #hawaiianstyle #ighawaii #instahawaii #hilife #lookilivehawaii #oahu #ig_oahu #hawaiinei
The historic metal staircase was installed during World War II and was officially declared off limits in the 1980s. Since then, security guards have been enlisted to discourage hikers.
While the narrow and steep steps were considered treacherous before, officials are now saying the trail is more dangerous than ever.
Honolulu’s Board of Water Supply (the state-run agency placed in charge of the trail since it is located on watershed property) has given the notorious hike two options: give the trail to another agency to be better managed or remove it completely.
While we mourn the potential loss of one America’s best illegal views, let the photos below lead you on a hike up memory lane.
BEAUTIFUL NATURE OF HAWAII ISLANDS…
ORIGINAL NOTICE LINK: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/20/haiku-stairs-closed_n_6714386.html