Koko Crater Botanic Garden

EASY 39 reviews
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Koko Crater Botanic Garden is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Challenging trail not for the feint of heart. It has many narrow segments, steep climbs and steep drop-offs. Not to mention no shade. Be sure to bring lots of water, wear pants and gloves would be helpful too. Koko Crater is a remnant tuff cone on the south east side of Oahu. Within the crater houses the Koko Crater Botanical Gardens. On the outside south flank of the crater is the highest point accessible via an old abandoned rail line. This rail line trail is very popular and crowded. The rim trail on the other hand is less traversed and fit only for those who are not afraid of heights. The views from here span the south shores from Sandy Beach to Makapuu Wayside's Pele's Chair. It also provide good views of the Koolau Mountains. On a clear day you can see the towers on Kamehame Ridge, all the way to Pu'u O Kona.

hiking
6 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

It seems to starting the best time to hike there!

cross country skiing
1 month ago

nature trips
3 months ago

Nice easy hike with the family. The plumeria grove wasn't in full bloom yet, but I've been told it is amazing when it is.

hiking
4 months ago

It is not green green time,but very comfortable to walk there.

4 months ago

We really wanted to do the stairs up then go to the right around the crater rim and back up the west side of the rim. Once we got to the end of the right rim, the trail just kind of ends and you gotta kinda bushwack and slide yourself down to the botanical gardens. We looked everywhere for an access point up into the west rim and couldn't find it. We even tried to walk out of the garden to the beginning of the rim but it was all overgrown with no trails. If anyone knows how to get up west rim let us know! Next time we're just going to stage a car at the botanical gardens, go up stairs and go left to figure out the west rim. Such beautiful views. Some bouldering of course, but you can manage to go around the sketchy parts if needed. Windy and hot. Don't bring a dog it gets super tight up there on the rim so watch your step and avoid any rain. Between us two, three liters of water almost didn't cut it.

hiking
7 months ago

walking
8 months ago

No much blooming now,but nice to work without heat.

hiking
9 months ago

By the right side of entrance,there is a post box and you will see the information paper inside.

walking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

It's not much hot!

11 months ago

Easy, but really hot

hiking
11 months ago

I hiked here for the first time in a month.
It was quite different with a month ago,because there were not seen many bloomed flowers. Maybe too hot!!!

11 months ago

Best Botanical Garden I've been to yet!!!!!

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

It was fun to see unique plants and flowers. I also saw animals and heard the sound of birds.

hiking
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Great hike! Nice alternative for Haiku Stairs. Bring enough water en sunscreen, because there is no shade on this trail.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016