Koko Head Crater Trail

HARD 1,345 reviews

Koko Head 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
990 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This is a steep climb to the top of Koko Head Crater with spectacular panoramic views of the east Honolulu shoreline. The 1000 plus step-like walking track consists of abandoned railroad ties that run along the crater's west side to the top of Koko Crater. The military used them previously during World War II as part of an incline tram to transport supplies to a lookout post at the summit. A short drive from Diamond Head and Waikiki, this popular hiking trail can be accessed at Koko Head Park in Hawaii Kai. This is a great workout with a beautiful view at the summit - don't forget to bring water! Visitors might also be interested in the Koko Crater Botanical Garden at the top of the crater.

1 day ago

awesome hike

hiking
1 day ago

Went up this afternoon and on my way down I saw a rescue underway. Looks like a lady got air lifted out. I took the side trail down to avoid the jam.

hiking
1 day ago

VERY challenging on the way up but totally worth the views! Some parts we had to scoot on our butts, but a dirty hike is the best hike.

2 days ago

Quick climb but quite a challenge and a very rewarding view!

hiking
3 days ago

I almost died on this trek in August 2017 - I was not the fittest at the time! But it was totally worth it for the amazing view. If you are going in August, don't go at midday, super hot! Amazing exercise though. Take plenty of water!

4 days ago

A great work out, probably 1000 steps total

Going non stop with few breaks completed in 24 minutes and 31 seconds

hiking
6 days ago

Perfect training and conditioning hill, will do at least 2 x in a row per trip. I see others doing 3 or 4. Great trail for those wanting the quad, hamstring, and but burn. Offers almost 1000 ft elevation gain and relief under 2 Miles so definitely you’re going to get your swear on. Bring a water pack, more than a bottle. It can be slick on the railroad ties, so if not skilled, Take Your Time!! Also ¾ from the top is an area requiring strong balance and narrow stepping, I would take the side route up and back over if not confident. Not worth the fall onto the boulders!! Again, take your time, have fun, and you’ll have earned your sleep at the end of this trail!

hiking
7 days ago

Wow what a hike! First of all this is all up hill and you are walking on old railroad beams. The view is worth it at the top. I do not recommend this hike to people with bad knees or ankles.

hiking
9 days ago

Steps upon steps! The first part isn't that steep, but it definitely picks up in the latter half. There is also a middle portion of planks that act as a bridge. This might be an issue for those who are afraid of heights. Be aware to hydrate and take breaks if necessary. The views are amazing and especially worth it at sunset.

hiking
11 days ago

The Koko Head trail is a very popular hike in Oahu. While it is a relatively difficult and steep hike, you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view at the top. As we went higher, the weather changed and it started raining, making it more slippery and tough to reach the top. I would suggest taking lots of water and light snack to maintain sugar level while going down. It took 45 minutes one way. The view (and the wind) blew our minds!

hiking
11 days ago

If we would had more water, my wife and I definitely would have gone back up! It was challenging because of the steepness both ways, but so rewarding with the veiw. So beautiful. Just take it slow and steady and you'll love the end feeling.

11 days ago

A great hike for your heart and legs. Perfect place to watch the sunset.

nature trips
11 days ago

By far one of my favorite hikes ever. I do this hike every year for my birthday and the views from the top never get old. Take water and be prepared for a workout. There’s is a small trail to the right of the bridge if you’re like me and afraid to climb over it. Your legs will be wobbly on the way down!

hiking
12 days ago

Intense hike!! Definitely a leg killer !

12 days ago

love this hike!!

12 days ago

love this hike!!!

hiking
13 days ago

Absolute butt kicker but the view was gorgeous!!

hiking
15 days ago

A challenge worth conquering. The 1048 "steps" are uneven boards for the old tramrail. Wear hiking or running shoes. Great spot for a picnic at the top. Please take the reviews for this trail seriously. It is dangerous.

hiking
18 days ago

Challenging physically, but not dangerous. No shade, bring water and a camera for the view at the top.

hiking
19 days ago

I went up to KoKo head for the sunrise this morning. You can just use a flashlight on your phone to hike to the top. The hike was strenuous but I think the most challenging part was coming back down. Definitely take it slow as it is steep and the railroad ties are slippery. I recommend going up at sunrise because there were not many people and the weather was cool. You should be in good shape before attempting this hike because it is challenging. The views are worth the effort. Definitely recommend.

hiking
22 days ago

***Note: People are regularly rescued from this trail, it is very difficult!*** Living on Oahu this is a trail that we did regularly. If you are not from Hawaii and are visiting please 1) wear tennis shoes / hiking shoes - this trail was created over old railroad ties and is very dangerous in that regard as there are spikes and old pieces of wood sticking out 2) do not hike this trail if you are prone to heat exhaustion, there is no shade 3) do not hike it in the rain, it is extremely slippery going downhill and you can be seriously hurt 4) understand that there can be bees in certain areas of the trail 5) understand that halfway up / down the trail there is a spot that drops 10-15 feet down for at least 25 feet or more and you may have to crawl across the railroad ties if you are scared of heights / falling (people have broken their shins by falling thru the railroad ties to the bottom) 6) bring plenty of water. This is a trail that is very popular on social media and they don't share the true nature of the trail. It is beautiful but treacherous if you aren't in good shape. Please be careful.

hiking
24 days ago

The views from the top are very nice and allow you to see in a number of different directions. That said, I hike more for the journey itself than for the views achieved at the finish. There was nothing interesting to look at along the way and it was hardly a hike... just a set of "stairs" that were pretty dangerous at points. Note that the stairs get steeper and steeper the closer you get to the top. Even if it isn't forecast to rain continuously while you're climbing, it is very likely you will experience some brief rain spits so expect the stairs to be slippery for at least some of the climb up or down (much more treacherous when wet going down). The "bridge" is fairly scary, with the railroad ties suspended over nothing, which is weird seeing the ground below between the ties. However, you can circumvent the bridge off on a trail to the right going up (on the left going down), which I highly recommend. I would give this four stars for the view if it were one of the only ways to get the view but, given the ample options on numerous nearby hikes, I only give it three stars. I wouldn't do this hike again.

24 days ago

good morning exercise, pretty crowded though.

20 mins on a brisk pace first to last step.

once you reach the top you can go to the right and there's a trail among the ridges leads to a nice view point but the trail is narrow and kinda scary on a strong windy day

hiking
26 days ago

1048 steps with great cardio workout. Go early for the sunrise and to beat the crowds. Bring water and a hat plus your camera. Plan on 30-40 minutes to the top.

hiking
26 days ago

went on a Wednesday morning around 830and it was very busy, hike not easy as you are going up the whole way on rough stairlike steps. tremendous views at top for sure.

hiking
29 days ago

This was a steep and difficult hike, but well worth all the sweat to enjoy the panoramic views of Oahu. Bring water and stop for breaks when necessary. An alternate to crossing the bridge is to take the path to the right. Going down was less strenuous but still tricky. Slow and steady is my advice.

hiking
29 days ago

Woke up early to get to the top by sunrise, and it did NOT disappoint! Absolutely freaking gorgeous! My biggest hike I’ve ever done...for a beginner, it took me 40 minutes. Take your time, there’s one spot where it’s like a bridge.

29 days ago

I did this hike a couple of months ago and coming back down was a little spooky for me. I will definitely be doing this one again! Take your time you'll be fine.

hiking
1 month ago

The climb was rough as hell, but the view at the top was pretty epic. That was a one and done hike.

1 month ago

Toughest hike I’ve ever done but so worth it once you reach the top

Load More