Koko Crater Tramway to Kokohead Lookout

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Koko Crater Regional Park

Koko Crater Tramway to Kokohead Lookout 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.

Length1.8 miElevation gain1,020 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingrunningViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyOver grownNo shadeNo 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 which can be accessed inside the crater. Visitors can drive around the crater to the opposite side to access the gardens.

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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Lindsey Webb
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Very hard trail but worth it. View is incredible. I did it 3 months post-op ACL surgery and was able to complete. It took a while, but possible! Stunning views

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JL Mussi
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Dont let the short distance fool you, very step making it a great workout. Avoid weekends, super crowded.

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Jessica Heim
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Uneven stairs and there was a bridge that was higher than the ground. There’s a side trail we took on the way back because that was scary haha! Full sun so go on a cooler or overcast day or morning

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Sean Hanna
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AllTrails User
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There was a crew working on the steps, some are deteriorating. It is uneven and one section is like a bridge so it’s higher above the ground, but there is a side trail you can take to avoid that.

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Kayla Lohman
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Really fun, don’t go if you’re afraid of stairs

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Katie Williams
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Always a great workout. Completed this today on a rainy afternoon, and that was ultimately almost more enjoyable than any other time, because it meant cooler temperatures and way less people around. Less of a view too, but ultimately still a nice hike. The recent improvements to a lot of the steps are much appreciated!

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Steven T
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HikingFeeGreat!

I did the side trail on the way up and the railroad ties on the way down. I recommend this way to avoid clogging the main way. Wear shoes with a good amount of grip though.

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Holly Fuller
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HikingGreat!No shade

Hard trail but so rewarding! It’s in the sun so be prepared. Busy on a Saturday

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Aleixka Macfie
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Erick Felix
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Matt Lee
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Great Hike. Many volunteers are working to improve the train with gravel and wood.

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Sheldon Butler
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Great for the legs! A real burner

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D Lee
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“Stairclimber from Hell” is how someone described it. I like to do this as a workout and enjoy the view on top. Got the bonus plan by volunteering to haul 2 buckets of gravel up to help with the repair work.

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Bronson Lee
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Great hike! Got to help out with fixing the trail by carrying buckets of gravel and the views at the top were amazing!

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Marcus Montgomery
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Tyler Lockridge
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Mona Chung
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It’s a climb but just take your time . I saw itty bitty kids and grandpas on the trail. Took me 40 mins to get to the top. It’s a great workout. Legs were jelly going down so be careful. There is a part where the stairs are elevated off the ground. There is a safer route to the left of the rail. Idk about it u til I was halfway down the stairs. I wld reco that.

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Scott Woodruff
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Hike along an abandoned rail track used to move equipment to the summit. Rain ties are severely worn and ground beneath eroded away in a majority of places. Repair efforts have been made. Took ~35 minutes going up and 20 coming down. View at top are great but prepare to roll and ankle and slip off a few ties.

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Oshiro Xiro
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My first hike here on the island, it wasn't that bad!

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Bryce Vollmer
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Tough, all incline hike up railroad tracks. Saw people of all ages and shapes make it though. Views are worth it!

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Andrea Chen
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Be ready to get a great work out in. Awesome to see different types of people appreciating the climb together. Views are worth it, but don't take my word and see for yourself!

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Sathish Thyagarajan
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Roger M
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Daria Pus
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Joseph Rierden
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