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“Wow...awesome workout and worth the hard work!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Koko Crater Trail

Koko Crater Trail
Koko Head Park Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96825
(808) 522-7060
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Ranked #6 of 123 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Stittsville, Ontario
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“Wow...awesome workout and worth the hard work!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

Hiked Koko Head as a challenge in Jan., and it sure was! Paused along the way to rest and just breathe in the beauty of the view. My 6th time to O'ahu and try to do something different each time. This was super...legs were sore for two days after! It is not a climb for those not prepared for a very hard workout, but those who make it, you can stare at the views forever...Can't wait to do it again. Mahalo Koko Head! Your friends, Lopaka, brother of Lopaka, and Kepi.

Visited January 2012
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“Strenuous, but not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

To get to Koko Crater, take the bus that also goes to Hanauma Bay. From where you get off the bus, you must walk about 3/4 mile down a road to the trailhead, which is close to the baseball diamonds. Koko Crater is 1200', and the trail has no switchbacks. I am an experienced hiker, but this was the most strenous hike I have ever done. It is a totally awesome experience. You are hiking straight up old tram tracks that are still in place from the days when it was used by the military to haul supplies to the top of the crater. All the track and railroad ties are still there. A good part of it is likely at a 40 degree angle going up. Take water or sports drinks, and take a break when you need it. At the top you can see Hanauma Bay, so when you come down from Koko Crater, just cross the road over to see Hanauma Bay, viewable from the general visitors area for free, or $7 to go onto the beach. Also from the top of Koko Crater you can see the skyscrapers of Waikiki Beach area about 8 miles away, and can also see Diamond Head.

Visited January 2012
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“Don't attempt to climb Koko Head crater in sandals!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Koko Head crater is situated adjacent to Hanuama Bay and Hawaii Kai, so easily reached by The Bus from Waikiki.
No entry fee, but a very steep climb. I made it to the top wearing sandals ... I DO NOT recommend you try the same.
The views from the top are stunning ... Koko Marina, Hawaii Kai, Hanuama Bay and in the distance Diamond Head and Waikiki.
Thoroughly recommended, but only if you're relatively fit!
Another tip: try and choose a cloudy day.

Visited February 2012
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Quick and easy to do. Need your own car. Good view. No washrooms.

Visited December 2011
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“Great cardio - but in response to other reviews, I've seen pregnant women, older folks, children and pets here!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

I'll admit, I'm not exactly a paragon of great fitness - however, I do like to do this hike once in a while.
It is a challenge, with over 1000 railroad ties--ladder steps straight up.
The halfway point is an old railroad trestle, which can be tricky to negotiate for a number of reasons; one is that there is a bee's nest underneath it at the top end, and some folks are allergic to/afraid of bees. Two is that it can be vertigo inducing, and three is the real danger of falling through. There is, however, a solution ... if you so desire, you can take the pathway to the right (upward) of the bridge. Right behind the rocks where people sit when they are resting at that spot.
Once at the top, don't forget to see the back side of the mountain ... on a clear day you can easily see Molokai.
For those of us who are a bit longer of tooth, the trip down can often take nearly as long as the trip up. For me, up is usually about 45 minutes, and down about 30.
The more in-shape (round IS a shape!), the entire round trip can be done in 30-35 minutes.
It can be HOT out there, so bring plenty of water. Enjoy.

Visited January 2012
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