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Koko Head Crater Trail Hike

8800 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825
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Ranked #6 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Type: Hiking Trails
Traveler Description: Koko Crater is on the east side of Oahu in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood.  The hike takes your from the Koko Head District Park at the bottom of Koko... more »
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

There is a difference between the Koko Head Crater and Koko Crater. The Koko Head is right at Hanamau Bay. The Koko Crater is the 1300 foot elevation hike that is up an old tramline. The Koko Crater tramline hike is quite the workout! It is old railway ties that are steps, but higher and a little farther than normal... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

An easy bus ride from Waikiki Beach, this trail is not for the faint-hearted unless you are prepared to take it extra slow. It can be very busy and crowded on the trail during peak times, but not impossible. Not suitable for extra young children in strollers.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This hike is hard simply because it is a set of steps (sometimes steep) 1000 feet straight up a little mountain. Bring water and rest often as you enjoy the views. It is worth it when you get to the top and see both sides of the island! Spend some time walking around the top - there are old pileons... More

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Wasilla, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We tackled the steep slope of Koko Head around 4 pm. Very hot but breezy. The old railroad ties are just far enough for most people to require 2 steps per tie, but if you go faster you can do one step per tie. Either way, the way up is steep initially and then even steeper. I measured 35º incline... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

After a long but pretty easy hike, the views were magnificent and sitting in the bunkers was though provoking. Excellent spot for photographs.

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honolulu, hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

you must be in good shape to climb these large step railroad tie steps. not for beginners of out of shape people.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I would suggest getting an early start for this hike so that you can beat the heat. Wear gym shoes and bring water. I have done this hike many times and have seen both young and old, big and small, successfully complete this hike even though it is a killer workout. The Koko head crater entrance is in a residential... More

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Phoenix
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

It's a great hike for those who like some challenge. It's mostly all stairs - rails, that where left there. I am a slow poke when it comes to hikes, I like to look at the surroundings. Here I felt like I really had to keep my eye on the path because, like all hikes, it can be scary only... More

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Paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We went at the end of the day, to see sunset and it definitively worth it ! Light is amazing when sun is going down and we were alone. You must take light with you to got down in the dark. Very good experience.

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Rusk, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Very steep and the steps don't allow you to take your normal stride. The trail is steep and gets steeper at the top. There is a bridge to cross but if you want to skip it there is a trail to the side in the bushes. My husband and I workout (we jog and I do Yoga) and it still... More

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