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

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,026 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

nature trips

trail running

views

over grown

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

hiking
14 days ago

Updated review as of mid 2018. The problem with this trail is that half of it isn't even a trail. It's not maintained, it's not marked. Some people put some ribbons on the East rim but they obviously had no clue what they were doing. It's not particularly challenging, or scary, it's just a pain in the ass most of the way. LOTS of cactus, lining and crossing the trail, a few times I thought a cactus was a tree and almost grabbed it going down hill LOL! I've hike this trail a half dozen times and have struggled just to find the trail and to stay on it almost every time. If it's been raining a lot and it's really green in the crater, I would not go. Why? The bushes grow over the trail and make it difficult to see all the cacti. Makes for a slow slow hiking in the hot ass sun.

West rim especially is brittle and falling apart, but there are usually contour options beside the especially scary parts. Not always.

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1 month ago

Quite the challenging hike and not for the inexperienced, almost borders on a path not to hike. The trail is very brittle and the drops are not to be taken lightly. Uploaded a couple pics of the brittle trail, remember Hawaii is an eroding island.

hiking
1 month ago

I started going up Koko Head Crater trail. If the straight up of that trail doesn’t scare you off, then the rim trail may be for you. Definitely not for the inexperienced or under experienced hiker, but if you decide to do it be ready for some breathtaking views. Very difficult hike, not marked, and some very large drop off. Be sure to take plenty of water, you’re gonna need it. And be sure not to drop your phone like I did, luckily I was able to retrieve it easily.

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2 months ago

What a fun and somewhat dangerous (because of the narrow ridges/rocky edges) hike! It was not too challenging physically, but mentally it could take a toll if you’re afraid of heights or are not comfortable scaling rocks. The trail itself isn’t well kept, so wear pants (I ended up ripping mine). There are a lot of cacti on this route so be cautious of where you step. We started at the botanical garden and went to the left of the restricted sign. There are a ton of branches the protrude out onto the trail, so beware. The climb up is especially rocky. It is a very healthy thrill. All the rocks are very scalable, I’m a short, slightly pudgy woman, but I do have rock climbing experience and I’d say it was easy. Once at the top we followed the rim of the crater and walked down, which gives you beautiful views of the ocean. It took my friend and I alittle over 3 hours to complete the whole crater (we stopped a ton of times to take pictures). ALSO BRING WATER. There is no coverage on this trail.

hiking
2 months ago

This is NOT an amateur hike and is more of a climb up to the highest point than a hike. Coming from the steeper side there are 2 signs that say ”Do not go any further” (for valid reason). Trailhead is a right offshoot from the Botanic Garden loop trail (with a restricted sign) then trail continues on left with a restricted sign. Keep to the left on trail at the beginning as there’s another small trail offshoot. Not a well maintained trail. Need to wear pants or leggings as you’re trudging through plants the entire time. A lot of cacti in strategic scrambling spots too. Wouldn’t recommend if it’s windy as you’re basically climbing the rocky ledge or walking on top of it the entire time with very steep drop-offs Not for the faint of heart but holy crap, some stunning views of the surrounding coastline and crater. Didn’t make it down the less steep part of the crater rim trail and instead took the railroad track trail coming back down, which also ain’t easy on the knees. Overall, amazing but perhaps one of the sketchiest trails I’ve ever done. Glad I survived to tell the tale! Took me 2.5 hrs from start to walk up to the Hanauma Bay turnoff to get picked up.

3 months ago

Yes this is Koko Crater , not Koko Head. They are two different geological feature. Put the two together, you get Maunalua.

hiking
6 months ago

Not bad but mostly just 20 minutes on a stair master to get to the real eye candy at the top. Fun to hear the military boys target shooting near by.

hiking
6 months ago

Very fun hike. You’re at the cliff edge almost he whole time. I went up the stairs and then down to this hike. Lots of rocks to climb up onto for fun photo opportunities.

hiking
7 months ago

I started this hike by going up the stairs first. From there, I took the western or clockwise route since I've taken the oppose route before to see the arch. I would strongly recommend hiking in the opposite direction I took as scrambling down the steeper western ridge is considerably more difficult and testing than scrambling up. It was a cloudy day and I completed the rim perimeter just over two hours, 20 oz of water to include going up and down the stairs.

8 months ago

This is better named "Koko Crater Rim Trail", because Koko Head is the next mountain over (above Hanauma Bay). East rim can be accessed from the Arch trail, on the ocean side. The lower level of the East rim is wonderful and chock full of yellow flowers ATM, thanks to a fire that cleared out a lot of underbrush a couple years ago. -Very- quiet trail, because it's only suitable for daredevil hikers, IMO.

9 months ago

Loved this trail, not as easy as you’d think it is by looking at it, the ridges are very narrow in some areas and you need to take into consideration the elements and how they can make this trail go from hard to extreme in just minutes.
Try hiking it from the Koko Arch and just go straight up from there and around the rim , it’s a bit more challenging that way.

hiking
10 months ago

Dec. 2017- This trail is difficult because it requires you to climb over rocks and walk (or crawl, in my case) across narrow paths that have steep drop offs on either side. Today, the wind gusts were strong and added to the danger of losing grip or balance. Also because it had rained the day before, the trail was crumbly and a little slippery in some sections.

We started in the botanical gardens and hiked up the west rim, brunched at the peak (top of the stairs), and made our way down the east rim. Along the cacti-lined west rim, the grass and brush was overgrown so it made it difficult to see the path and any hidden/hazardous cacti. In my humble opinion, the scariest and most sketchy sections lie here in the west rim as you ascend close to 1000ft. Once you reach the top, it’s the part of the trail that meets the top of the Koko Head stairs (old railroad tracks), where you will usually encounter many other hikers. The rest of the hike however, we didn’t see anyone else. As you descend down the east rim, the trail becomes a little easier, but you do have to navigate more so around the trees and brush, sometimes losing the path. It ends in the botanical garden where you take a small path thru back to the beginning of the trail.

Tips: The trail is mostly exposed, barely any areas of shade. Bring lots of water. I also utilized some gardening gloves with rubber grips. Always remember: safety first!!

The views of the crater, Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Kai, neighboring ridges, Diamond Head, Honolulu, and the coast along the eastside are spectacular!!! Enjoy!

hiking
Sunday, October 29, 2017

The route shows starting in the botanical garden and hiking up the west rim, around and back down the East rim. I don't think you're actually supposed to do this, so be chill, or park outside the gardens. This may be the most straightforward route, but I don't consider it the easiest since finding the trail up the rim and back down can be challenging. And there is a guard in the garden that MAY stop you if he see's you being weird wandering thru bushes.

I rate this trail as difficult for a few reasons. It's totally exposed, and the heat can get intense up there. It is strenuous and sketchy at times. If you have even a mild fear of heights, you will likely mess your pants going up or down the West rim. There are some very skinny ridge sections with less than 12" of uneven rock to walk on. Fun for some, nightmares for others lol. Add some intense wind gusts? Mmhmm. The East rim on the other hand is mild and has some great views. Totally doable for most, especially if you made it up the stairs. Seasoned Hawaii hikers consider this a fun short afternoon scramble.

This is not a sanctions or maintained trail. I have hiked it when it was reallllly overgrown and the bushes made it nearly impossible to see the cacti hiding below! Yeah, that was a slow day. But usually it's not that bad and you only have to edge around a few cacti. ;)

Give yourself maybe 4hrs for the botanical garden full loop. 2L of water on a hot day.

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