This site is listed to provide accurate information. In the past, this hike was very popular, however, the Stairway was Closed to public access for many years and was DANGEROUS due to the deteriorating condition of the steps and hand rails. Since then, the stairs have been reconstructed and opened back up to the public.
Built in 1942 by the U.S. Navy as the site for a VFL antenna, 3,992 wooden steps were constructed to hoist the equipment into place. In 1955 a metal ladder was installed for better access to the antenna. In 1957 the antenna was decommissioned and in 1971 the site was turned over the U.S. Coast Guard.
Thousands of hikers have made the arduous journey to the top for the fantastic view of both sides of the island. However, on September 20, 1997 the Stairway was closed due to vandalism and costs to maintain the safety of the trail.
Inform a friend of your route and your expected time of return.
Never hike alone or go beyond your capability
Always bring water, basic first aid kit and rain gear, just in case.
Do not drink stream water which contains biological impurities
STAY ON THE TRAIL.