Koko Head Rim Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]

MODERATE 241 reviews

Koko Head Rim Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY] is a 6.8 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and fly fishing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
475 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

private property

This trail is also called the Hanauma Bay Rim Trail. This trail is located to the west of Hanauma Bay. Koko Head is often mistaken for Koko Crater. This one is on the makai (ocean) side of the state and national parks and is not the tuff cone with the railway line. This lesser known trail starts at the Hanauma Bay bus stop with a road that leads up the hill towards the ocean. Note that this is not a public area, so visit at your own risk. This trail has no cover so bring lots of sun screen. It is also normally very windy. The main attractions are the four leaf clover bloom in the spring and a sea cliff rock bridge that is located just past Pai'olu'olu Point.

3 hours ago

Très belle randonnée relativement facile et pas très fréquentée. Superbes vues sur Hanauma Bay et la côte. Assez chaud et aride... n'oubliez d'apporter de l'eau !

hiking
no shade
8 days ago

super steep. gorgeous views. a lot of it is paved it seems. i went from 4p to 530pm and that was a good time, although still sunny and hot.

hiking
private property
scramble
8 days ago

no shade
private property
21 days ago

There are signs everywhere saying not to trespass, but while my husband and I stood there deciding whether or not to, 2 guys in a government vehicle pulled up to the service road gate. They asked us if we were going to the top. We asked if it
was ok to do so. They said it was, and that they hadn't heard of anyone having been fined. They said to just stay away from the radio towers. We hiked up to the top via the service road and then found the trail down towards the bay. Great views of Hanauma Bay, a bit of a climb back up to the service road, but nothing too hard. Overall a great hike.

hiking
21 days ago

I posted my track if you decide to head down the steep cliff towards the fishing spot...theres some climbing to do and the ‘path’ isnt very clear. Some bushwhacking.

hiking
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

This is not open to the public. There are signs posted that warn against unauthorized personnel accessing this property. Enter at your own risk (that being a substantial fine $$$). That being said, there is one part of this trail (on the far side of the loop) that is not clearly marked and is not visible. I hiked out “hugging the ocean” only to have to turn around and hike back to the paved road, making this hike twice as long as originally planned. Take plenty of water with you and apply sunscreen to your entire body. Wear a hat that covers as much skin as possible — at the least a baseball hat, but ideally one that will also cover your neck. Steep parts of the backside of the loop are smooth, wide, rocky pathways that were once old lava flows. These are very slippery when dry with a lot of loose gravel, and also dangerous when wet.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

No shade, paved part of the way, no shade, steep decline and incline, and NO SHADE.... but such a beautiful view of the hanauma bay beach and koko head! This hike was quite difficult only at the parts where there was steep incline and decline. I HIGHLY recommend preparing for this hike with plenty of water and the proper sun protection (light/sheer clothing, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses) ESPECIALLY if the forecast calls for high twenties with no clouds or wind... There weren't too many people doing this hike so a lot of the times you have space all to yourself. I definitely recommend checking out the rock bridge, but be careful! The waves can be crazy down there and you will get wet.

hiking
1 month ago

We parked on residential Nawiliwili St off of Highway 72 and took the shortcut up to the trail. You’ll find the shortcut after the last house on the right side, where there’s also a large grate, a drainage ditch, and a street sign that says Begin Centerline Rumble Strip.

After reaching the paved trail, turn right and head uphill awhile. You’ll eventually pass two different wide dirt areas (basically old lava flows) to the left that lead down the hill (before you reach the end of the paved road). Don’t forget this is a loop trail, so it doesn’t matter which path you go down first - just head down and hug the ocean all the way around Koko Head and you’ll loop back up to the paved trail. The dirt paths are a little slippery and steep so watch your footing!

Absolutely gorgeous views the entire way!

1 month ago

Amazing views! Little tough at the end coming back up the mountain (we went down the dirt path to the rock bridge). Bring lots of water and sunscreen - the sun is brutal.

1 month ago

Love this hike!

2 months ago

Beautiful views, the sweat is worth it! Paved road for the most part, great for dogs and small children.

hiking
2 months ago

Took my 4 year old on this today. She did amazing. The views are breathtaking

2 months ago

The steep section will lead you to a fishing outpost.

2 months ago

Good hike. Trail was too steep on cliff side for my liking.... back tracked twice, so it was 6 miles... loved the wind!

hiking
2 months ago

There are no stairs on the Koko Head Rim Trail. You must have mistaken this for Koko Crater . This trail traverses along two extinct craters, just south of Koko Crater.

hiking
3 months ago

Stairs. So many stairs.... but good fun! There is a bit where you’re on tracks and can see a significant drop but it adds to the experience (just don’t be afraid of heights). Loved the end views :)

3 months ago

Loved this hike! Gorgeous views, beautiful weather, windy so you stayed cool, and kids had a great time. Not crowded so you can take stops and photos without getting in anyones way. We had 4 kids 4-8 and they did well.

hiking
4 months ago

Just to get this out of the way......This is trail is not open to the public, so please hike at your own risk. Having said that, I hiked Koko Head Rim Trail aka Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail this morning at 7:00 am. I have done this hike many times at different times of the day and season. All around great hike for almost everyone bc it has a bit of everything and is roughly 4.2 miles roundtrip. It was quite windy today....yayyy!

- Outstanding 360 degree views ( Plenty of photo opps)
- Gradual to steep inclines and descents, your shoes should have excellent grip for rocky and sandy terrain descent and ascent areas.
- The main ridge is paved with a few Radio towers towards the top (fenced off areas)
- Hidden Rock Bridge, hope you find it (do not attempt to cross or stand on the bridge due to rogue waves and uncertainties) Admire from a safe distance
- Pet friendly (on leash and please clean up after your pet)

Bring plenty of water, snacks especially for children, sunscreen is a must (sun can be relentless and there is no shade).
Having a good positive attitude helps especially when you’re on those inclines.

Reminder: please Kokua (be in the spirit of helping) What you bring in please take out including any extras. Thank you!

Try to catch a sunrise or sunset ( flashlight might be needed on the return) you will not be disappointed!

As always be safe and Adventure on!!!!!

hiking
4 months ago

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!

hiking
6 months ago

if you just do the loop, you're fine. If you decide to find the rock bridge, allow another mile or two and it's a long downhill and uphill (deceiving). The sun is relentless so bring a hat, plenty of water, and sunscreen. Try to go early to avoid the sun. We went around 8 am on a weekend.

Don't stand on the rock bridge. It's cracked and dangerous AF to walk on top.

hiking
8 months ago

There is no relief from the sun, bring lots of water, otherwise a decent afternoon outing. There was a bit of vog too, so the view wasn’t the best.

8 months ago

I’m here regularly and enjoy taking new visitors on this hike. Fairly easy to navigate and paved to the towers. Offers a stunning view over Hanauma bay and back to Diamond Head and Waikiki.

hiking
9 months ago

In typical fashion, I billygoated in parts but stopped in places where my eye saw something worth taking a photo (hence the longer than normal time). I went the route of the antennas first thus bypassing the lava trail leading the Hanauma Bay. But going back to that trail, it was like Mars. The climb back up was nice and I was thinking about how nice it was to have good grip on my hiking shoes. Not that it was too gravel like some hikes I've done, but it truly helps when the terrain is dry too. The day was windy which was a blessing considering that it would be brutal to hike that with little to no wind. Beautiful colors, beautiful day.

9 months ago

Paved pathway most of the way up. Definitely tiring going up, but it's a beautiful view the whole way up, so stop along the way a few times to enjoy. Must have skipped part, as we didn't see the loop.. Just went to the top and back.

11 months ago

Great hike with great views. Take a camera and some water. a lot of steep parts but they dont last to long. Not to bad for anyone in decent shape

11 months ago

The trek up to the towers is paved and easy. If you choose to continue the loop it will get fairly technical. At times the trail fades. Use your app to stay ion track and have fun. Beautiful views of the bay, ocean and Koko Head Trail.

11 months ago

If you are not in awe of the magnificent combination of natural beauty on display in this short but stunning hike, well, you either don't really like nature or your eyes are closed. What it has is a diversity of island landscapes, mixed terrain, ocean sounds with views of a crystal blue bay, mountains and whales. It also has a vast array of plants and birds. It packs in a lot in a very short distance. Stop reading and start living. Cheers!

hiking
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Koko Head Rim Trail is a 4 miles hiking loop with fantastic views of Hunauma Bay (an old volcano crater) and the furthest most point on Oahu. The route has no shade, so bring water and wear sunscreen. Child and pet friendly.

Here's the route:
1. After departing the parking lot, take the entry road uphill and turn right at the T intersection.
2. Continue to the gate at Kalanianaole Hwy 72
3. Cross the road to Hunauma Bay entrance
4. Turn right on the service road and cross the gate
5. Continue to the top (1st mile)
6. Turn down the trail and head along the Hunauma Bay ridge to the coastline
7. Continue up and over the saddle ridge
8. At this trail point, decide if you want to head down to the ocean cliffs or follow the loop (2nd mile)
9. Continue on the loop back up to the paved road (3rd mile)
10. Follow this road back to your vehicle (4th mile)

Here's the comprehensive video for the hike:
https://youtu.be/K313NXUQjjw

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hiking
Sunday, February 04, 2018

This trail is amazing although you start on a pavement. It is possibly short trail, but you will stop many times to enjoy places and views on Hanauma bay, Koko crater, arch, big waves, maybe also a lot of whales (as we saw them in january). Landscape is from different planet, don't forget to go down to the sea level to see the arch, beatiful surroundings! Bring a lot of water, as here it is always very hot (unlike on short Koko crater railway hike, where you dont need much water). Walking is easy here, for everyone, but can be complicated near the arch in steep passages.

Friday, February 02, 2018

It’s an ok hike, great views but please be aware of the elements! It can get unforgivably hot! Bring water and sunscreen.

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