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I went on this hike for sunrise. It feels like the stairs are endless, but overall it was easy and straightforward as long as you have strong lower body/legs. You only need a bottle of water for this one. I would suggest not going on this hike for anything except sunrise because the sun is killer for nonstop stairs walking. There is one segment of maybe 30 steps where there is a "drop" if you fell, but as long as you stay low it's really nothing to be concerned about. There is an alternative route to bypass this segment to your right when going up.

4/5 because it is not an adventure, just a climb to the top. Worth the hike.

@nickn0it on Instagram for a view of the stairs

Difficult, but if you take your time definitely not impossible.

10/14/2018-Started walking with the group around 0800 and encountered 20+ groups along the way. Lots of happy dogs out getting their fresh air and exercise. =) The sun was out but it made the water look inviting for a swim. Definitely recommend sun screen and 1L of water.

The trail itself is underwhelming. It's basically just a paved road winding up the hillside. But the views of the water are indescribable. The blue water is absolutely stunning, as is the view of Waimanalo and down the windward side. I strongly recommend going a bit off the track and up to the top through the stones. It's not too difficult, and there is a cool little bunker at the top with even more sweeping views.

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4 days ago

Wow, I definitely did not give Koko Crater the credit it deserved. It was very challenging - I had to stop numerous times and catch my breath, and I'm a fit guy. The view of Hanauma Bay is breathtaking, and this is truly the first hike that I've done where I felt so proud to finish it at the top. Be wary of the bridge portion mentioned below though - it is a bit scary. Go around if you're afraid of heights or don't have good balance.

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5 days ago

Hardest hike you will ever do, totally worth it. locals run it, mind blowing

Nice easy hike on asphalt all the way up. However, if you are capable take the side hike down to the pools. Really fun and a very cool blow hole as well.

This hike will definitely get the heart rate up and the legs a little tired. Most of the hike,as mentioned above, is a linear hike up the old rail line. Close to 1,000 feet in 3/4 -mile. Great views of Waikiki and more.

This was an amazing hike. Beautiful views. Truly not for the weak hearted. Also, I would recommend hiking shoes the rails can get quite slippery.

All paved and a nice view from the top. No shade so wear a hat.

Hiked Oct 2018,

Depending on your age, fitness level and weight this hike may or may not be difficult to do. It’s basically an hour on a stair climber with a few rocks in your Crocs for entertainment purposes. I could see this being a lot easier for 20 year old me, but as I climbed my old ass up every step watching real 20 something year olds blow past me I was reminded of my age.
The view at the top is breathtaking, literally, but I will say it was worth the trip. Balance is a must on the way back down and having a pair of vibrant knees doesn’t hurt either.
It was a lot of work, but well worth it.

There are so many scenic views while hiking to the top, you won’t mind stopping so often because you’re so out of shape!
This hike is not for the faint of heart. If you’re doing this while on your vacation to Oahu, be prepared to feel the pain. But, the views at the top are very much worth your lungs almost collapsing and heart about to explode out of your chest.
If you’re doing this in the middle of the day, bring plenty of water. My wife and I went through our Nalgene’s by the time we came back down. Would highly recommend doing this either in the morning to see the sun rise or in the evening when the sun sets. Or any time it’s cooler.
Would definitely do again!

Scenic and fairly easy. It’s paved the whole way, and it gives great views once you’re at the top. Wear comfortable walking shoes, obviously.

Awesome fun trail that will challenge you as much as you want depending on your pace. If you're in decent shape, you can be up and down in less than an hour, and you'll feel accomplished. My 10 year old and I were at the summit in just under 20 minutes, but took him about 30 to come down because he was a little more nervous. I highly recommend wearing closed toe shoes, though I saw someone doing it barefoot. Fun trail to take the family and enjoy the view. Take water, there's a park at the foot of the mountain to fill up your container. It's not an easy climb and it's definitely not extremely technical either. It's primarily hard because of its grade, but the tracks help. You can abort and turn around at any point. Highly recommend going, you won't regret it.

A must hike. Went at 0500 and only had a couple other folks along the way. Took us 35 minutes and that includes walking from the residential area since the gate was closed. Got crowded by 7 on the way down. The views are amazing.

2nd time completing, but did so after the sunrise - the first was much better hiking in the dark catching the sun as it broke.

Encountered an injured hiker this time around, someone twisted an ankle on the way down. Had plenty of help, but had to get the person all the way down.

Recommend wearing ankle supporting shoes/boots and bring water/snacks. Also, a sweat towel is a must.

Quite the challenging hike and not for the inexperienced, almost borders on a path not to hike. The trail is very brittle and the drops are not to be taken lightly. Uploaded a couple pics of the brittle trail, remember Hawaii is an eroding island.

Awesome hike. The views are great.

hiking
11 days ago

Fun trail but it is hard. Don’t go if it looks like it’s going to rain. The steps get very slick on the way down. Also, the gun range next door takes the peacefulness out of the hike.

We did this yesterday, 10/5/18. This was my third or fourth hike and absolutely loved this. It was fairly difficult for me as well as my friends but challenging difficult not danger difficult. The stairs are plentiful and the trail itself is well kept. Some of the stairs are difficult for short legs. All in all it was 100% worth every min!!

it may look easy and for some people, it is easy. however, if you're afraid of heights and don't have good balance, it can be a long way up and down.

i see alot of people walk thru it with ease but dont take it lightly. one misstep and you'll be on your way to the hospital.

slow and steady is the way to go. there are people who can make it up in less than 20 minutes, but those are conditioned athletes or they already know this hike and their bodies.

keep hydrated, wear sunscreen, and dont expect everyone to be nice on this hike. and if u feel like you cant make it to the top, there's always another day. Aloha!

on Koko Head Crater Trail

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13 days ago

Probably one of the most unique short hikes I know:
- Spectacular views
- Up and down a steep and worn-down railroad track
- Excellent workout
- Insanely busy from sunrise to sunset

smooth asphalt trail, not a hike. decent views but nothing crazy, halfway up the trail you can hike down to the tide pools which is the only thing I really enjoyed about this one. the tide pools are like mini aquariums. bring goggles it's very cool.

We did this at 6pm and the conditions were beautiful. Great sunset hike, the climb is mildly deceiving so be ready to breathe a little hard. Overall nice trail, we went almost to the antennas and back (don’t need that radiation). Lots of “government property” “do not trespass” signs but also lots of locals on the trail with their dogs. Go at your own risk, lovely views all around!

Hard AF. Don’t do it in sandals unless you’re a pro. Also, don’t go on a sunny day. Bring a TON of water. Maybe even gloves, unless you have astounding balance, you may be climbing up a good portion of it. the wood planks can get rather hot and give you blisters. The view is great up top. Beware going down if you aren’t the biggest fan of heights. I’ve climbed Mt. Fuji, and this one is pretty hard.

Beautiful views! Tiring but absolutely amazing. Must get there around 5:15am to see the sun rise! Totally worth it and knowing the sunrise is what you came for helps get you up the mountain a little faster! Heavy populated so no worries about going when it’s dark!

hiking
16 days ago

Went with some friends about a month ago. It was a bit of a challenge due to some rain, but when we got to the top, the clouds cleared for a minute, and the view was amazing. It stared raining on the way back down, and we were a mess of mud. Really fun trail.

hiking
17 days ago

Heavily traffic even at 7am. Bring lots of water because it is quite tiring when going up. People are really considerate and will share the path with you (it’s one way going up and down). There’s a section in the middle where a lot of people get down on all four and crawl up/down - if you are scared of heights, you can go around into the bushes to avoid it. Beautiful views once you get to the top, but look around as there are different areas where you can take pictures. The top of the trail leads to another hike if you are adventurous!

Definitely a great workout for sure! The view was worth it. I’m pretty active and workout regularly and the hike still took me about 30 mins to get up with a couple stops to drink some water. And only 15-20 to get down.
It’s basically like doing 2000 step ups. So be ready!

Great workout and payoff.

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