Koko Head Crater Trail

HARD 1,226 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
5 days ago

Great views! Tough “workout” hike. Can be VERY dangerous. Witnessed someone fall down about 6meters for not taking enough care.

5 days ago

your legs will be on fire after this hike..alot if foot traffic..going down can be just as challenging as going up

hiking
6 days ago

This hike is a great workout! It’s daunting, high, challenging and super scary at times. There’s a part on the stairs where the ground is really low, so if you trip you’ll fall in. That was very mentally scary for me so I was on my butt and using my hands and knees to get up there. The view from the top is great! What makes this hike the best is all the people on it who motivate you and keep pushing you. I think it’s worth it! If I lived here, I would definitely try to do this hike once a week because it’s such a good workout.

Great leg workout ! Very busy! once you reach the top it is extremely rewarding !

hiking
12 days ago

Great cardiovascular workout

hiking
13 days ago

I thought this was a great hike. There were a lot of people on the trail. I don’t think this should be rated as hard but I am not an experienced hiker. It is steep but very straight forward and a lot of people to provide motivation. I highly recommend it if you are on Oahu.

14 days ago

COOL TRAIL BRING SOME GUAVA WITH YOU HAHA

GOD BLESS

14 days ago

Challenging, working all parts of the body with balance and strength plus lots of inspiration a long the way with all walks of life reaching for the top-a stunning 360 degree view of water, city and lush hills. I wimped out over the bridge this time, (even though it was dry and not raining) choosing the detour and avoiding the “40 ft drop” view below the open rail road ties...But I did climb it in 20 minutes, 28 secs. Not bad for an old gal at 60.

hiking
18 days ago

Great hike! It will definitely test your hiking ability but the view is worth it. The only part I disliked was the bridge.

hiking
19 days ago

This was one of my favorite hikes to do in Oahu. It’s definitely a workout and I was drenched by the end of it but worth the views. Go early as it does get crowded.

20 days ago

Super steep!! Slightly sketchy over the bridge.. But so worth it for that view

20 days ago

Awesome trail. Got caught in the rain. Great overall experience

Good workout and very regarding view! Make sure you hydrate beforehand

hiking
22 days ago

Awesome hike. Awesome view. Pretty difficult climb if you aren't in decent shape.

hiking
27 days ago

4/28/2018-Started the stair master around 0730 and counted 75+ groups/solo hikers/runners. It seems more repair work on the trail has been done since the last time we were here and some newer extra steps in the form of CMU blocks were included too. (Which is nice for those of us who aren’t 5’8” or taller because stretching to the next railroad tie gets a little sketchy at times.) The weather was nice and cloudy with a good breeze going, but some sections were a little slippery so it made for slow going to the top and back down. Otherwise, it was a good outing nonetheless!

hiking
27 days ago

Did it 1 ½ times today and was Epic in the clouds and rain. Plan to do this many times, great core, balancing the ties, up and down, as well quad and ham workout. There is one section past the 600ft mark that has a drop through the ties, take the trail to the right to bypass this section if not strong and balanced. This is a well traveled trail every day, so there are many friendly people on it!

hiking
27 days ago

Gorgeous scenery once at the top of Koko crater.
I would not recommend it if you feel a tiny bit tired ;-)
Have change clothes in your car because you might be soaked in sweat.
Absolutely worth it! You will be rewarded for the effort as the view is breathtaking!
On our way down, it started raining a bit and the steps became slippery.

29 days ago

Super point de vue au sommet !!

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

A fun workout hike! Views make it worth it

hiking
1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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