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02/11/2016 08:42 am ET Updated Feb 12, 2016

The End Is Near For Hawaii's Illegal 'Dead Man's Catwalk' Hike

It might be beautiful, but it's totally, completely and utterly off limits.

Hawaii has plenty of breathtaking hikes, but the infamous Dead Man's Catwalk might be the most recognizable.

The trail -- a relatively easy 40-minute uphill hike that sits on private property on the island of Oahu -- leads to a slanted concrete slab which appears to dip off into the paradisal abyss below.

But after four years of social media fame, the Dead Man's Catwalk is finally walking its own plank.

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' request to remove the famed "catwalk" was granted, according to local news station KHON2.

It's a move that officials hope will keep people off the hiking trail and ultimately put an end to dangerous photo ops like these:

when he can't take a hint... #deadmanscatwalk #hikingHawaii #rejected

A photo posted by Jackie Dolski (@jackiedolski) on

The hike was known as the Kamehame Ridge until 2012, when someone mysteriously spray-painted "Dead Man's Catwalk" on the concrete slab.

Since then, hikers have made it a sport of sorts to snap risky stunt photos at the catwalk's sloping edge -- from backflips and handstands to hanging off it entirely.

Despite its popularity, the trail and the private land on which it sits has never been open to the public.

Warning signs and multiple fences, some of which are lined with barbed wire, block the trail at multiple points. That hasn't stopped hikers from jumping over or cutting through them to get to the top of the ridge.

Anything for the likes, right?

Tack för den här gången ❤️🌴🍍🐢🐳🏄🏽☀️ #hawaii #deadmanscatwalk

A photo posted by @s_lindvall on

Last year, the landowners, Kamehameha Schools, issued letters to bloggers and travel websites asking them to stop promoting the hike. 

The trail and catwalk are surrounded by a number of Federal Aviation Administration antennas, propane tanks and a telecommunications office -- all of which, according to Kamehameha Schools, have been subject to vandalism.

Wires to our building and equipment have been cut, and there’s graffiti covering our walls," Don Laidlaw, an engineer for one of the property's licensees, said in the landowner's press release.

"We know that other agencies are getting hit, too. I’ve heard of one telecommunications office that was broken into, and communications towers that have been damaged. It’s difficult to deal with," he added. 

At the entrance about to hike up to #deadmanscatwalk 🏃 #hawaii #honolulu

A photo posted by Char 🌞👠💄👜🐵🍳🍣🍩🏀✈️🗽🌅🍍🌴 (@so___lo) on

The removal of the trail's main attraction will cost $48,000. But some locals aren't convinced that will stop people from attempting the hike.

"I have done the hike six times and it has had nothing to do with the catwalk," Jaclyn Dolski, an Oahu resident, told HuffPost. "The hike is a fast easy path to beautiful views of the ocean with a great sunrise."

Without the concrete slab, the ridge still offers panoramic views of the island and the Pacific. But the fact remains -- with or without the actual slab of concrete -- the hike is completely, totally and utterly off limits.

Below, in memoriam of Hawaii's beloved Dead Man's Catwalk, experience the views the only legal way you can: Through the safety and comfort of your screen.

The Dead Man's Catwalk. Would you take the walk? ⏳🚫 #hawaii #oahu #deadmanscatwalk

A photo posted by 👑 Juliana Amorim (@_julianamorim) on

Adventure is out there.. #deadmanscatwalk

A photo posted by Abby Chandler (@abbydrue) on

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A photo posted by ***ʙᴀᴄᴄɪ ʀᴇᴇ*** (@bacci_ree) on

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