Koko Crater Trail

MODERATE 602 reviews
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Koko Crater Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.8 miles
1092 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


no dogs

A steep climb to the top of Koko Head Crater with spectacular views in every direction. 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). Park in the lot and walk along the road to the trail, which is a 200 feet from the parking lot. The trail goes straight up the stairs midway up must cross trestle, which is dangerous if you misstep. This will get the heart pumping and is not for those with bad knees. Take WATER! and a camera! Great for training, lots of athletes use this for workouts, but the views of Koko Crater and surrounding area are spectacular. Crowded on weekends. Note there is another way up to the top via the ocean side ridge trail... past Hanauma Bay. The step-like walking track are the ties of an abandoned railway that runs along the crater's west side. This is one of the best trails leading to Puu Mai, the craters highest peak. The ties were for an incline tram used by the military during World War II, to transport personnel and supplies to a lookout post on the summit. Access to this trail starts at Koko Head Park in Hawaii Kai. The first part of the hike is over a newly landscaped hill behind Goeas Baseball Field to the bottom of the old rail track. Its an exhausting trip. But the real fun is still to come. Your next mission is a trek up the 1,000-plus steps to the top of Koko crater. The reward? A panoramic view of the east Honolulu shoreline not to mention one heck of a workout. The view from the top is breathtaking. On a clear day you can see all three Islands and the other side of Koko crater. There are plenty of places to hang out at the top. The trail isn't very shady but there a few sections you can sneak a break. Overall this isn't much a hike but a workout with a view at the end. Wear hiking shoes and take your time going up and down. You don't want to hurt yourself by slipping or having a heart attack. For the most part, the trail can be crowded later in the morning so it's best to go early. A note of caution: Parts of the decades-old railway trail are in disrepair, possibly unsafe and recommended for experienced hikers only. If you do go, prepare accordingly and proceed with caution.

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Perfect and exhausting workout. Everybody is really helping eachother. The vieuw is amazing. Worth it!

6 days ago

Difficult. Great views. Lots of steep steps and if you are afraid of heights; beware. There is one point where the railroad ties act as a bridge.

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7 days ago

Great views. Be prepared, bring sunblock, water and some fruit or granola bars. You will need the carb replenishment at the top. Don't give up, worth the struggle for sure. By struggle I mean quad torture.

8 days ago

Hello! I do hikes and photos out here on the island. Feel free to check out my Instagram Mike.Karas and shoot me a message if you have any questions/are interested in hiking. You can email me as well at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com.

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AKA the Stairmaster from Hell. No point in saying what everyone else already has. If you want some perspective of what this may look or feel like, check out my blog post and YouTube video!



14 days ago

I wouldn't recommend for small kids or for new hikers. This train is an intense leg workout. The steps become very slick when wet. There is one part of the trail where you could slip through the steps if not careful however you can go around this section just look for the opening in the grass just off the trail. This is a great place to see the sunset.

14 days ago

I'm glad I accomplished this hike, but I probably wouldn't do it again lol the views were great but the climb up was a little rough. Definitely wouldn't recommend for someone new to hiking.

15 days ago

As many others have said... this is a stair master with amazing views. Do your own pace and be safe. Nothing to be gained by rushing this hike.

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