Koko Crater Trail

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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 difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1092 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

2 hours ago

Next Level Stairmaster! Incredible view at the top!!

14 hours ago

this is a really tough workout, especially going up! views at the top are pretty good too. bring lots of water and go early in the morning or early evening to avoid the hot sun.

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The trail isn't scenic in a nature until you've reached the peak, at which point you'll be greeted by views unmatched in grandeur by anything else on island. The way up can be treacherous at times. Old railway tracks run centered and parallel through the entire path, even over slight drop-offs where a lapse in coordination could mean serious injury, so your footing must be true. Bring lots of water, especially if you trek from 10AM to 2PM; you will be directly exposed to sunlight with minimal areas along the way to stop for shade. If you are not fit, expect a challenge.

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4 days ago

Great Hike, great exercise! Not for the weak!! Beautiful panoramic view of the mountains and the ocean!

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4 days ago

Simply an amazing and unique hike...along an abandoned railroad track...nearly straight up! :)

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6 days ago

I love the uphill climb and the view is second-to-none up top

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9 days ago

Great workout

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9 days ago

Great workout

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