Koko Head Crater Trail

HARD 1,174 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Straight trail all the way up on the old rail track. Little areas on it where you can stop and catch your breath on the way up. Great view on the top! A little bit harder going down since steps can be a bit wide.

2 days ago

Very fun and challenging hike, you will feel like a baby deer walking down it though!

2 days ago

Easy for the first half getting harder for the other half. But when u reach the top is feel so great

hiking
3 days ago

if you are out of shape this hike will kill you lol

hiking
3 days ago

I appreciate this spot only as a workout. The view at the top was good, but other than that nothing really to see.

4 days ago

A fun workout hike! Views make it worth it

hiking
4 days ago

So many stairs! But a great view and sense of accomplishment.

7 days ago

We love this hike! We do it whenever we come home. It's not good to do when it's hot and the there's a lot more erosion between the railroad ties than there used to be. The view at the top is pretty and the breeze is relaxing. My kid has been able to do this hike since he was 5.

hiking
14 days ago

It is an arduous upward hike but the fellow hikers make it fun.

15 days ago

It's a short but hard hike. It isn't dangerous and a nice hike. Must-do in Oahu.

hiking
16 days ago

Not bad, but crowded and too many people trying to run the trail.

Trail is a “rail road” with washed out sections between ties. Not exactly easy walking when concerned about footing most of the way... probably why it has a Hard rating. Otherwise, not too difficult (my 7yr old daughter made it).

Nice views at the top.

We did the hike on an overcast/misty day. Couldn’t imagine trying this on a sunny day as there is no shade.

16 days ago

Tougher than it looked, worth it tho for the views and breeze at the top.

17 days ago

Hard, but worth it! Some sketchy areas but nothing too bad. Lots of people as well.

hiking
20 days ago

Amazing views. Once you get to the top you can hike the ridge trail as well.

hiking
21 days ago

Challenging but worth it!

21 days ago

Try going up at night. Take your time remember to bring a good head lamp.At the bridge go another way around it until you come out to the other side. It will be okay and then continue up the stairs. The views at night are spectacular and there was no one on the trail. So if you hate crowds I recommend going at night bring lots of water n food.

21 days ago

Great workout! Lots of people, but everyone was friendly. Bring sunscreen as there is very little shade. Make some time to explore the top... There are a few different views to see! Some of the stairs are awkwardly spaced. I honestly thought it was harder to get down.

hiking
23 days ago

Love love love this trail! The views from the top are amazing and the other hikers are always friendly. Get there early and make sure you leave time to sit up top and enjoy!

23 days ago

rainy and wet. My Garmin measured 1.3 miles round-trip. Gun range could be heard the whole route.

hiking
24 days ago

This hike is a total butt kicker. Awesome view on top, once you make it. Just be careful if it rains, the old railroad ties get really slick.

25 days ago

Very fun and gorgeous views reward the climb. Our favourite time to go is to catch the sunset from the top. It took us 15-20 to go up and less to go down. Mid day sun would make it slower.
A great quick workout :)

hiking
29 days ago

Worth it! Took us 40 mins to go up and 30 mins to go down. If you don't like crowds please dont go on public holidays or weekends. Or hike early at 7am! It can get quite crowded if you start at 9am on a Saturday... Can be quite slippery so don't go on a rainy day. Not kids friendly.

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout to start the day and beautiful place to watch the sun rise!

backpacking
1 month ago

Throw some extra weight in your backpack for a good time. It’ll be worth it.

1 month ago

loved this hike! It took me a bit but the view was amazing!!!

1 month ago

Very cool hike

1 month ago

This is a legit hump. Prepare to get your heart rate up! Enjoy the views.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard, but worth it !

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Technical hike up stairs but so worth it. Took about 40min to get up and about 40 min down. The views at the top cannot be beat. It is slippery so best to go when it's dry. Majority of stairs are in the shade but it's still best to go early to beat the sun/heat.

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