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Koko Crater Trail

Koko Head Park Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825
+1 808-522-7060
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“railroad ties” (164 reviews)
“bring water” (161 reviews)
“take your time” (145 reviews)
Koko Head Park Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825
+1 808-522-7060
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Reviewed 2 days ago

It is an interesting place to visit if you are a nature lover, otherwise skip it. We are older folks and trail walking is not one of our frequent activities.

Thank peterke73
Reviewed 5 days ago

Having read everyone else's comments on different websites, I knew this trail was going to be a tough one. I got to the parking lot at 0530 and it was still dark.. The closest spot to park is easy to find as there is only...More

1  Thank AventuraDelMundo
Reviewed 6 days ago

The view at the top is worth the effort! It's 1048 steps and I found the trip up harder then down N.B. be careful coming back down as you build momentum and much easier to course yourself injury. It took 50min ups and 30min down......More

Thank goca_12
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite parts of the trip. I hike at home, so you want to be in shape somewhat for this climb. There are over 1000 railroad ties to the top. Go early, when it is not as hot out. Beautiful views await you,...More

Thank Sayheysarah
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very difficult hike. Bring plenty of water - don't share with your buddy because it won't be enough. Also wear sneakers or boots because the trails is a very steep set of rail road tracks and you could tear up your feet...More

Thank Jason M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This trail is definitely more difficult than Diamondhead. If you are not used to hiking with a lot of elevations or doing stairs, be warned...it will take you over 1 hour and there may be points when you feel a bit scared. Stay to the...More

1  Thank mimi3783
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Parking is easy and it's easy to find the trail, just follow the signs. We were there in the afternoon and only ran into about 10 people, so not crowded at all. It's a very steep climb on railroad ties and dirt. The trail is...More

2  Thank jenadove
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Grew up in Hawaii Kai but it has been years since I climber up. Parking is available at the park. Entrance is easy to find~ just follow the trail of hikers entering & leaving. Warning sign at start of trail. Steep climb on old rail...More

Thank W5883JZmarkr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is by far the hardest hike I have ever done! We have hiked Grand Canyon, Angel Landing, Crater Lake etc and this is unrelenting. BUT Absolutely worth it! The trail is steep and not well maintain. Bring plenty of water and salty snacks. We...More

2  Thank ClaireKing92
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a pretty tough hike, but the views at the end are your reward!!! On the way up, it is pretty much all cardio. On the way down it's all legs, using your muscles to control your descent. By the time I reached the...More

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15 September 2017|
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Response from Jørgen T | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I did it on my running shoes and I saw people going with flipflops (which I don't recommend). But I guess converse sneakers are fine. Most important thing is to go really early when it is not warm and bring enough water.
15 September 2017|
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Response from FranziAlice | Reviewed this property |
Yeah for sure, I did it in sneakers too. Some people go jogging on the trail, hiking boots are definitely not necessary.
21 August 2017|
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Response from Kei U | Reviewed this property |
There will be buses, but I do recommend renting a car! They have free parking over there by the entrance of Koko Head Trail. If you do get a public bus, the bus fare is $2.50 per head, but they'll give you this ticket thing... More