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Koko Crater Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 990 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Over grown

No shade

No dogs

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This is a steep climb to the top of Koko Head Crater with spectacular panoramic views of the east Honolulu shoreline. The 1000 plus step-like walking track consists of abandoned railroad ties that run along the crater's west side to the top of Koko Crater. The military used them previously during World War II as part of an incline tram to transport supplies to a lookout post at the summit. A short drive from Diamond Head and Waikiki, this popular hiking trail can be accessed at Koko Head Park in Hawaii Kai. This is a great workout with a beautiful view at the summit - don't forget to bring water! Visitors might also be interested in the Koko Crater Botanical Garden at the top of the crater.

Parking is free next to baseball field, crowded on weekends; don't leave valuables in the car. Also near a shooting range. Public restrooms.

Koko Head Regional Park in Honolulu County, HI Koko Head Park Rd Honolulu, HI 96825

-There is a part of the trail where the tracks turn into a bridge with no bottom. I can be a bit scary/dangerous. There is a way around the bridge if you head to the right (shady section). -Watch out for concrete parts of the trail. It gets covered in dirt and becomes more slippery. -The road to the parking lot is usually closed from the Highway and you have to go through residential area (west side) to park. -Go early when the suns not beating down on you. -Take your time. -Bring at least one water bottle. -Wear a hat. -Use sunscreen. -Don't leave any valuables in the car or in plain sight of windows.

Take Hwy 72 to Koko Crater hike turn left on Lunalilo Home Rd, then right on Anapalau St, which ends on Koko Head State Park Rd (this road can be accessed from Hwy 72, but is sometimes closed). Alternate from Waikiki: Take H1 east bound and you will see Koko Crater on the left side. The seaward wall of the crater can be seen from Kalanianale Highway just past Hanauma Bay on the East Coast, approximately 20-minutes from Waikiki. HIKE TO THE TOP: start behind the Hawaii Job Corps Training Center across from Hanauma Bay - follow the road past the rifle range and park at the Training Center. HIKE

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Terry Netusil
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HikingNo shade

Difficult for beginners but doable.

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Katelyn Sleeter
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Hiking

Challenging hike, no shade. Worth the view and bragging rights.

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Shayla Moore
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Hiking

This was a very challenging, but totally doable hike for us! Definitely a workout! Great views once you reach the top! I would recommend going early, wearing sunscreen and a hat as there is no shade on the way up and very little on top.

C Tilo
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Hiking

Sunrise hike

Maria Petros
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HikingNo shade

Bring water, hat and sunglasses. Watching the sunset is beautiful from the top! Done this trail 4 times and it’s still challenging each time.

Megan Fischer
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Hiking

Fun trail, but definitely underestimated how exhausted we’d be on our way up. Make sure to bring enough water as the sun can get super intense and it gets really hot especially in the early afternoon! You won’t be able to find much shade along the trail since it’s only the staircase and it’s usually pretty crowded all day long. Nice view on top though!

Brian Lauro
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Josh Valenzuela
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Hiking

This hike was pretty fun! If you are new or don’t have any experience, going down is way easier than going up (If you didn’t already know). Today, 7/6/20 was my first time doing Koko head and i’d say it was pretty easy for the cool views. Don’t hold back to taking a break! I know a lot of people would keep going to see who finishes it first. At the top, it offers many area’s to rest and take pictures of the nice views.

Christopher Dixon
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michael o.
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Hiking

Raining. Slippery. But got the sunrise before it all happened.

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Aleks Schillmoeller
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HikingNo shade

HOT! With no shade coverage. Going up was almost easier than down. Great views though! Not our favorite hike on the island, but still a good one

TripleB Travels
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Hiking

My husband and I did this back in 2018 and although this hike is not for the faint heart it was so worth it! I highly suggest taking water with you!

Summer Kinne
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Hiking

Views are worth the tough climb. Definitely wear shoes with some traction.

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Kara Noland
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Hiking

More of a workout than an actual trail but definitely worth the views!

Christina Connors
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One of my favorite work outs! If you don’t stop and are there for a workout, it will take you about 20 minutes to reach the top of the stairs. If you are doing it for the first time it will most likely take you longer. Easy parking and a bathroom near the playground. I reccomended drinking tons of water the day before and the day of. I don’t like carrying up water because I use my hands to climb up and down the stairs and like to be hands-free- but that’s a personal choice. Wear good shoes unless you’re a ninja like some people. It can get slippery (really dry slippery dirt).

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jm 47
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Hiking

great hike!

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Eric L.
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HikingNo shade

Holy crap I did this trail for the first time last weekend and like wtf.... I had friends tell me “Oh, yeah it’s a short hike” and “You’re just climbing steps to the top” but no one mentioned the trail was freaking walking up a Six Flags roller coaster. This was less a hike and more an intense workout. I slept late and had a couple beers the night before but that’s ok though bc I’M A BOSS. Put on my baller sunglasses like the CSI dude and killed that mf. Also had a water bottle in one hand and a GoPro in the other cuz I’m nice like that. Got up there in ~22 min. The way down was hard on the bees knees especially when you’re used to carrying the team on your back. Only thing that really got in the way were the other weaklings crossing my path. Slowed my momentum swagger but apparently there’s usually more traffic. I went afternoon time around 1pm. Side note: people who did this consecutive times are nuts.

Anisa Pea
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HikingNo shade

This is our “must climb” every time we go to O’ahu. It’s difficult for me with my short legs going up and small feet coming down, but as long as I am able, I’ll always return for those views and the thrill of reaching the top.

Andrew Tankel
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HikingNo shadeRocky

If you love to do lunges, this hike is for you! With all there is to see in Hawaii, do not worry about lots of crowds here. The steep incline that feels like you are traversing via lunges across abandoned railroad tracks to the top is not for the faint of heart. The views at the top are breathtaking. You will be glad you visited this one!

Tiffany Stelling
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Fun and challenging hike. Definitely harder towards the top. can't beat the views, totally worth it!

Ashley Mokuahi
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Hiking

Hard to believe these stairs have been a part of my life for over 20 years Always a great day to visit an old friend... #fernstrong

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Kyle Meyer
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Eric Haberthier
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Jacinthe Laporte
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Hiking

Honnêtement magnifique! C'est une montée difficile car la pente est très forte et constante donc aucun repos. La vue est à coupée le souffle donc attachés vos souliers et allez-y! Sachez que c'est vraiment très fort comme pente donc la descente peut être difficile pour une personne ayant le vertige ou la peur des hauteurs. Ça peut également être instable et glissant, donc soyez bien chaussés.

payton cooper
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Hiking

Probably the best views I've ever seen. Feels like you're on top of the island. Definitely a leg burner so be prepared and bring plenty of water.

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