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Crowded and touristy, but still a classic. I like to go in the late afternoon when most of the tours are gone.

what a great hike! incredible views! wear proper shoes!!!

If you want a hike that gives you views of the ocean and coast and not terribly touristy or hard, this is it.

* Steep from the get go. Bring actual footwear with grip
* Gets windy, people lost hats and shades. I almost did
* Past the second pill box is really overgrown. Bring a machete a wear long pants.

I went to the fourth "pill box" at the 1 mile mark is tiny compared to the first 3. (#1 is by itself, 2 and 3 are together) and after that the trail is really overgrown. I saw some folks ahead of me really struggling so I turned back as I didn't have a machete, or long pants.

Even though this hike is a must see for Honolulu/Oahu it's not much of a "hike" good elevation and workout with a view, that's it.

* WAY too touristy. Lots of folks who have no business going up will be there. No trail etiquette in the slightest
* Paved all the way up. Badly at that. Times were you will trip and fall
* If you're a hiker, take the "hard" route when it comes up. Stairs to get the blood flowing.
* Views are great. Crowded. Tourist spot in tight quarters.

This hike is mostly stairs other then the very beginning and the very top. It can get a bit muddy and is definitely not for someone who doesn't hike/workout regularly. I hike and workout regularly and it winded me.

*Mostly "Stairs" made from an old rail. So not even and not spaced like you would want.
*Gets muddy and slippery after a storm
* Lots of stairs in disrepair and the state should definitely charge for this hike so they can maintain
* The views are amazing. Especially at sunset

Theres a "Safe Bypass" that this group is pushing about halfway up to save the stairs. I hope they get this word out more.
Notes on the bypass as I took it on so if you plan to here you go
*It has rained so very slippery
*Very steep so you'll be on your butt on the way down
*Overgrown and narrow. I'm 6 foot. Lots of ducking and getting caught/scraped (wearing shorts)

Absolutely gorgeous views. Relatively flat hike/walk, but you definitely need to pay attention to where your walking with the uneven rocks.

It’s more of a walk as others have stated. There is a $10.00 entrance fee. There are times parking can be challenging because it gets crowded. If you can wait it out, the breathtaking views and picturesque background is completely worth the $10.00.

1 day ago

Lovely 360 views, headed here for sunrise and was still quite busy. The trail on from the pillboxes was pretty quite. It rained while we were there and the path did get pretty slippy and would recommend shoes with a fair amount of grip. Also on the way down there is a lot of small paths branching off so use all trails to get back down. It was a Saturday and there was a guy in a car just before the trail head ensuring people don’t park there but there is plenty of parking along the road further on down.

Long, winding, but paved. Friendly hike, nice views of the ocean!

Tried going today (12/7) and the entrance gate is locked. Heard of others hopping the fence to go out but did not attempt.

Took us 3hr and 40min. The way back up is definitely harder but not impossible! The view point at the end is the best thing I’ve ever seen. Love this trail!!!

It is an easy hike, however, it has a narrow path at some points of the hike and there are points where there is oncoming traffic (due to it being heavily crowded) and u cannot pass the person in front of you. Took about 20 minutes to reach the "summit". The whole path is paved. Entrance Fee- Not sure about the Parking fee, but I hiked up to the gate it self and it was a dollar. On Saturdays, if you go in the AM for the hike, you can enjoy KCC famers market right around the corner.
The stairs (towards the last part of the hike to reach up top) in the pictures are optional, but more fun. There is an alternate and an easier path as well. Definitely worth the view if you are visiting HI for the first time such as in my case.

2 days ago

DO NOT GO HERE! You will put your life and those of our brave first responders at risk! A 23 yr old died here yesterday. There have been so many deaths. Why would you go? Irresponsible for this site to even allow it to be listed.

2 days ago

Good climb! The best way to challenge yourself on this one is to go to the top then back down to the bridge and then back up to the top again before heading all the way back down to the bottom. Start early, it got to 82 F by 10 am so sweating was not an option it just happens.

The trail is well used and could do with a little TLC (maintenance) several places have been repaired do to ware and tear but there are several more that should be looked at.

12.06.18 Still closed, looking forward to doing this trail in the far off future.

Don’t mess around here this time of year! A 23 year old girl was swept off the trail out to sea and killed here yesterday and they have yet to find her body. DO NOT ATTEMPT WHEN SURF IS HIGH!!!

This is a great trail with a great destination, but....the day I hiked in (20 mins down on a very slippery down hill trail) I was chased out by fire and rescue swimmers who were there to recover a body. So no joke, when the surf is high this can be a very dangerous place. Waves can reach the “top shelf” of the beach rocks. Use your discretion!! Easier climbing out than descending. Have fun, be safe.

Oh thats the Koko Head Shooting Complex and it is open to the public. I think the facility is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Hanauma Bay (across the road) also closes every Tuesday. Best day to hike around this area? Tuesdays!!!!!

To avoid the crowded stairs, you can try going up the east rim via the ‘arch’. Check out alltrails Koko Crater Arch From Halona Blowhole and Koko Crater Arch To Peak. Both tracks are essentially identical but for some reason one is rated Hard and the other Easy.

Don't get me wrong for we enjoyed the hike/workout/amazing views and glad we did it . There were a lot of people and we were OK with that as we were all there to experience this unique hike. It was not easy but we took our time and had lots of water. Unfortunately, our enjoyment (tranquility) of the day was lost due to the relentless machine gun/rifle/hand gun fire at the shooting range located adjacent to the park. I'm not sure if no one else ever experienced this as no one mentioned it in their review, except for complaints about people playing music (we heard some people playing music without headphones and it was nothing compared to this annoying noise!) Perhaps we just had bad luck and were there on one of the days the the shooting range was open? So to sum up: if you want to do this hike and enjoy it, then plan on a day/time that the shooting range is closed or bring your music/headphones or earplugs. And wear good shoes and bring plenty of water!

Completing this was a personal challenge. On the way up and down, you won’t be able to enjoy the views (unless you stop), because there are some good sized gaps in between the rail ties....so you have to watch your footing. But, totally worth it. The view at the top is breathtaking. I’d recommend it if you’re into testing your physical fitness. Go early when it’s not as hot and bring water.

About 23 minutes one way- up. Its mostly cardio. Coming down can be tricky esp around the sandy part and the bridge.

Equivalent to climbing up 90 floors.

Really great views!

This is definitely the hardest hike I did while here in Hawaii, I’ve been on hikes everyday (some 7 miles long). This is all stairs and an incline and yes it’s easier coming down but my legs were tired and you definitely use a different muscle group. If you have medical conditions I don’t recommend this hike. There are markers which tell you how fair you are on the sides of the rails (100,200,300) to show how many steps you’ve done. I took breaks at each marker and went slow and steady. Took me about 2 hours round trip because I’m not in shape.

Steep slippery trailhead. Beutjful views from the ridge.

I rate it low because despite the fantastic view up top, the trail itself it just one long paved route out in the open with nothing much to look at inside of the crater. After doing it I can’t say the view was worth the effort.

One of the easiest way to get to the top of the Koolau Range. Today it might be the easiest route since they already closed Mariners Ridge and Kamehame Ridge to the public. Oh well if you are too lazy to walk, just drive up to the Pali Lookout and you can boast to all your friends you made it to the top of the Koolaus!

This is definitely not a difficult trail unless this is your first ever hike in your entire lifetime.

This hike will take anywhere from 2.5-3
hrs to complete on a walking pace.

Awesome one!

One of my favorite hikes on the island. Great view and doesn't take too long. Decent view halfway if you can't make it to the top but it is much better at the top.
Depending on your physical fitness it usually takes people anywhere from 10 minutes to 50 minutes to get to the top. Starts out easy but the incline increases about halfway. I would rate this as a moderate hike. Can be crowded at times. Shoes recommended.

Easy paved hike. Be aware this can get very busy. There is a fee to park and it fills up often. Nice view at the top.

7 days ago

4-18 took us about 3.5 hours. We left at about 7:40 AM incredible overlook at the end.

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