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mostly switchbacks with solid footing and railings. a few staircases, and tunnels. crowded trail but worth every step.

An easy hike to start the day. But.... you’re not alone :)

A nice view but absolutely rammed even by 8:30 this AM. otherwise might've done the trail in 20 min flat on the ascent.

Fantastic views so def worth a look. Trail is not too difficult but is overcrowded with many non-hikers.

7 days ago

Great sunrise spot looking out to sea and back over Honolulu. Was really busy even at sunrise with at least 50 people or more. Did this walk on Monday 10th December. Car entry is $5 and if on foot is $1 per person. Definitely worth the price for the views. It toke us 15 minutes to get to the top with no stops.

Relatively easy because it is well paved. Entirely uphill. Very crowded with two way traffic. The biggest issue is that the crowds are mostly tourists who all have different ideas about what side of the trail to be on, how close to be, how much of the trail is ok to fan out on, and how fast to go. There is a stretch of the trail that goes through a cave, which, if you’re the kind of person who gets claustrophobic in elevators, might be a little uncomfortable. Lots of stairs and the viewing platform is very narrow and crowded. View at the top is totally worth it!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do it as early as possible to avoid massive crowds. Finished by 9:30 and the tour busses were lined to get in. Views and stairs are worth it though, and this is more of an easy hike.

Hot hike during the middle of the day, but the views are worth it. Bring water.

Fun quick hike with awesome views of Honolulu, Waikiki and Pearl Harbor. Uneven surface and some steep stairs but saw kids and flip flops so no big deal.

23 days ago

Short hike with amazing views of Honolulu and the ocean!

I would rate it easy. A lot of stairs toward the end but not hard at all. A lot of foot traffic. The earlier the better.

Better to hike early in the morning to avoid tour bus drop offs

Beautiful trail. It's worth the effort. Try to go early to avoid the crowds

yes an easy 30 minute hike can turn into a hr or more due to crowd size and people don’t seem to know how to give way.

Lame tourist trap hell. Way too many people and the payoff wasn't worth the aggrevation. Way better hikes in Oahu, don't waste your time

Very crowded and a huge tourist trap.

26 days ago

Short. Heavy Traffic. Nice climb

This was my first hike in years, we took our Cub Scouts. Not hard but the incline, traffic and terrain made in a bit challenging for this out of shape mommy. But we made it to the top! It’s a nice challenge and the kids loved it!

Amazing 360 views of the city and the ocean! Not the hardest hike by any means, but the views over the city are picture perfect !

Nice and easy hike with the gorgeous view from the top.

Easy hike, suitable for all ages. The only downside is it's crowded.

A fairly easy hike but worth doing! The path is a bit more crowded than other area hikes so have patience and just go with the flow. Beautiful views from the top!

Easy hike. Would advise going early for sunrise. There are a lot of hikers on this trail. Plus the pineapple smoothies you can purchase at the end of the hike are pretty good too!

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