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Koko Crater Rim Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 1,026 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Running Views Over grown Rocky Scramble No shade No dogs
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NOTE: As of April 2020, hikers report that the Botanical Gardens are closed.

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Aaron Richards
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HikingGreat!No shadeOver grownRockyScramble

Definitely an advanced hike. I went clockwise and the mauka side is the most challenging part, with some narrow cliff edges with straight drops. Strong hand and shoe grip is necessary. In all, loved the challenge.

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Musashi Flores
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Hiking

Mos def an advanced hike. The mauka side you’ll be scrambling on some parts that are straight drops. Bring lots of water and sun screen or wear a hat and long sleeves if u burn easily.

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Chelsea McKay
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

Would not recommend this hike to anyone. The west side of this is literally rock climbing vertical faces with nowhere to even place your feet. No ropes to assist. The East side of the loop is better. The whole thing is hot and pretty sketchy. One of the few hikes I’ve been on where I had heart palpitations from fear. Not worth it in my opinion! The entrance is through the Botanical Gardens, take a hard right at the entrance. This hike connects to Koko Head stairs so you can just do that hike for the same views and pictures without all of the trouble and fear.

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Christina Maria
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Hiking

I enjoyed this hike but I admit I underestimated it a bit. READ THE REVIEWS THOROUGHLY before attempting this. I started at Koko Botanical Garden and hiked counterclockwise from the right side. The first half of the rim is no joke. I went on a windy day unaware of just how narrow and steep parts of this trail really are. I almost turned around at the first quarter of the trail because of this. The trail narrows to a couple feet across at multiple sections with life threatening falls on either side. If you do not have some experience with climbing and hand and foot placement I would suggest just doing and out and back from the left side.

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Adam Briles
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I have done this hike both directions now. Clockwise from the right, and counter clockwise approaching from the right. I’ll agree with most. Starting from the right side (plumeria gardens) is mostly better as that side has all the rock scrambling of the hike. However, if you get sore knees, just know that descending down the makai side can be problematic as it has a long decent on dry dusty dirt. It can really jam your toes into the front of your shoe if your shoes. Although if you go up the left (makai) side and descend down the right (mauka), the scrambling could get a bit sketch. Wear sun screen. You’re exposed the whole way.

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Michael Hou
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HikingNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

If you’re going back for this one, remember to go up the right side and come down the left, unless you’re ready to die. Hard to find the entrance, just push uphill through the grass if you have to. Take this trail if you want to test yourself over some legitimately dangerous parts above a scary cliff, or take arch to rim if you want a straightforward path to the 5 star view over the south coast. Abundant cacti, wear pants

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Chelsea West
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HikingClosedNo shadeOver grownRockyScramble

Bc the botanical garden was closed, we started by Sandy’s Beach. We hiked up the water side (kokohead rock bridge), and then around the thing, which took a total of 4 hours. Major sun exposure the whole time so bring sunscreen & lots of water. There is overgrown sections and hidden cactus so wear pants! We saw 5+ whales. The views were sick and seeing koko from a different perspective made me appreciate it even more. Happy hiking!

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Iwona Jeanbaptiste
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HikingNo shadeRocky
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Tayler Cobb
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HikingOff trailOver grownRockyScramble

Awesome ! Not dog friendly unless he’s a beast. Some minor climbing, but fun ! End right outside the parking lot for the botanical garden :)

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Nathan Kerestes
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Great hike around the entire crater, several spots that were sketchy with scrambling and drops. Views were amazing, especially along the ocean side. Were able to sit and watch several whales breaching just off shore. Would recommend pants and a nice big hat.

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