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I did this hike on a rainy day during a weekday, I’m sure it’d be twice as amazing on a dry day. The hike itself is a great challenge. I did it solo, it gets challenging near the end but I met a couple of adventurers already at the top who helped me along the way. It was good challenge and I’d definitely do it again if I had more time.

2 days ago

So glad we did this one. Tough climb and crowded the day we were there, but great camaraderie among hikers and terrific views at the top.

Came here for the tidepools. What an awesome experience! Should've paid attention to the directions, first headed down the wrong trail from the first lookout. Realized my mistake after scrambling down about 100 feet before deciding to turn back. The trail leading down to the tidepools was off of the third lookout. The way down was definitely more treacherous. Smaller kids would likely need a lot of help. But it was well worth it. By far the most memorable part of the trip for us. The tidepools were amazing with its wide array of fish. Nice reward for the work hiking down with a dip in the pool. The dragon nostrils were also impressive.
The hike back up was strenuous but easily doable. Made it back up in under 15 minutes.
Overall, this is must do for anyone looking for a memorable experience in Oahu.

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2 days ago

This hike is pretty fun for me. It may not seem interesting to look down at tracks the entire time, but there's enough change in steepness, distance of steps, and there's a nice visible drop midway through the hike to keep me entertained. The view is pretty good, both during (it's cool to look back and see how far you are) and at the top (360 view from the top of the crater).

I also wrote an in-depth review, take a look: http://www.thehawaiiplan.com/koko-head-crater-railway-trail-hike/

Definitely worth getting to the top!

fun hike up a dirt trail that turns steeply uphill (45degrees) before becoming a nice bouldering/climbing ridgeline to the top. great views. caution the exposed hike is a lot of sun. the gate at the bottom doesn't open until 7-8 am so be prepared to street parking and hop a couple fences. 4 hours for an experienced hiker at a moderate pace

Awesome hard trail

We had a great time climbing with my kids. I was put to shame by a mom climbing with her baby on her back.lol

Love, love, LOVE this hike!! Although, don’t be fooled, I wouldn’t say this hike is kid friendly and I certainly didn’t see any wild flowers. The view is absolutely incredible at the top. If you are a physically fit person and want to push your limits in physical activity... highly recommend doing this hike at least twice and seeing if you can beat your first time! Be sure to wear either hiking boots or trail running shoes. The terrain is uneven at points and a a lot of people who take a lot of time to get to the top... as well as narrow path and steep inclines at times. If you are trying to get a workout in without the frustration of slow folk either get there very early in the morning or near sunset.

I love Koko Head. I just did it carrying my baby a few days ago and just about died lol. Don’t carry a baby up the mountain if you want to use your legs the next few days!

if you are looking for your leg work out look no further. views are very nice, nothing you can't find on other hikes but definitely worth it

We were there on a Thursday afternoon and it wasn't crowded. Dry, desert landscape, but the views at the top are awesome. We had the extra treat of seeing a hanger glider and a paraglider playing in the air right in front of us.

I don't know, this was so grueling and hot and dry and narrow and freaky... it wasn't actually that enjoyable, if you know what I mean?? I much prefer Diamond Head - an even better view and FAR more fun, wide open, less chance of tumbling straight down.

Woke up at 4am to hike this before sunrise. Extremely steep and slippery in some areas but it’s worth it. Descending isn’t much better and requires you to take your time. There’s a bridge about midway through with quite a drop so be careful.

Such a pretty view!❤️

Great hike for my little ones and pregnant wife!

this trail reminds me of the incline in Colorado! such an amazing hard workout but well worth the breath taking view!! my favorite view of trails so far!

An alternate way without going through security is starting the hike from Wailupe valley,and climb steeply till you hit the dirt road before the start of the steps.

Beautiful view. Take a few short breaks and it’s a quick hike in the morning that leaves plenty of time for other activities

The brevity of this trail combined with the view make it a great choice but for a truly epic experience climb down into the wave pool below. Just look down at the right moment and you should see plenty of people down there. The epic waves and fish and experience is just fantastic. Be careful not to get too close to the waves because they are unpredictable and can carry you out and smash you against the rocks. As a resident Hawaiian I give it 4 simply because of just how many epic trails there are here but a tourist would likely give it 5 stars. Email me at justindavidsands@gmail.com if you want to do some of the truly epic and challenging trails.

There are some disadvantages of this trail such as the long line of people climbing up and going down as well as the care with which you need to descend but it is truly worth it as the views are not the best on the island but definitely up there. It is great because Hanauma bay is real close and so is the lighthouse trail so you can hit multiple great spots at once. Hanauma bay is one of the best snorkel spots in the world and there is even an amazing pizza place sophies pizza which has Korean and Hawaiian ingredient options and is the top rated pizza place on the island. The bulgogi pizza is a must! If you have knee issues I would avoid this trail the steep descent puts a good amount of strain on the joint capsules but most healthy people should have no issues. If you are looking to do more challenging and adventurous trails with even better views email me at justindavidsands@gmail.com.

I have hiked many trails in Hawaii and this view and trail is an all time favorite. The view I like even more then the super popular diamond head and koko head trails. You will hike all the way up the mountain where there is usually a big cloud of fog but if you go on a clear day the 360 view is just amazing. Its about 3 hours round trip if you take time to enjoy the views. When I first did the trail I was confused because the only way to get there is through a security gate in a private residential area. Turns out you need to go up to him tell him you are there for the trail, give your id and receive a one day pass. There is no other route to go to get there. It will get muddy but the path is wide enough such that if you position yourself properly you will likely just slip and get dirty as opposed to falling to your death. This is a must do trail here it should be full 5 stars.

Yes this is Koko Crater , not Koko Head. They are two different geological feature. Put the two together, you get Maunalua.

Fun, challenging, relatively short

Very hard! But the view and feeling of accomplishment was worth it!

We are moderately experienced hikers. I have a moderate fear of heights. My husband has what I would consider a normal, healthy respect for heights. We started on the western ridge and the hike was challenging but fun until we reached the koolau summit trail. I knew this would be challenging for me based on the reviews. What I did not know was that just before reaching the eastern ridge, the easier way home, we would come upon a “landslide” section. We encountered other folks along the trail who had apparently traversed this section- at least from the east. My husband managed to crawl across it (twice because I could not continue). On his return a bit of earth under his hand gave way and toppled the 100s of feet to the windward side. I had summoned every bit of my mental fortitude to make it that far and to have to turn back nearly brought me to tears. MY ADVICE if you still want to try this loop is to start on the east. If you can get across that washed-out section on the KST- the rest of the trail at least from a heights and trail integrity perspective will be easier. Alternatively, the western leg of this loop is beautiful and you can stop at the summit where it meets the koolau summit trail. I think the washed out section is legitimately more dangerous than necessary. There are plenty of other choices on this beautiful island.

Great work out - I would go as early as possible to avoid heat and crowd.
Views at top are nice too.

Very straightforward path

the steps were challenging but worth it. I’d definitely come back and do it again.

Not a bad hike to the top. Medium to low difficulty for someone who is in decent shape.

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