Hike Koko Head Crater Trail



1.5 miles

Elevation Gain

1000 ft

Route Type


Added by Tyler Drake

A great workout on the south shore of the island with incredible views as a reward for your hard work.

While hiking up the Koko Head trail, don't get too intimidated, there are grandparents and young kids hiking up these tracks. Take a sip of water, muster your mental toughness, and put one foot in front of the other along the rail trail. Once you're moving, there's no way you'll turn back! When you get to the top, soak it in for a minute, and think about what you accomplished! You'll see amazing views of the Pacific Ocean over Hawaii Kai all the way down to Diamond Head. 

It's best to show up early in the morning before the crowd gets on the trail. Also, there's no shade, so it's ideal to hit this trail while it's not too hot. There is a parking lot and restroom available next to the softball diamond.

Once you're spent, if you're heading back into town, be sure to make a quick stop at Diamond Head Market & Grill and really reward yourself! There are also great spots to check out and cool off at Makapu'u (the beach just past the lighthouse) and China Walls

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Take your time! Arrive early!

It’s a cool view at the top, but it is absolutely necessary to bring patience and to pace yourself. Bring a backpack. Bring 2 bottles of water. Arrive no later to begin your hike than 630. The hot sun will murder you on the way up or the way down if you wait too long. Take the time to sit. Catch your breathe. And allow yourself the patience to watch where your walking on the way down. Some people are epic at this one, some are grandmas but I tell you I’m in between and it was very easy to get over exhausted fast! Listen to your body and maybe bring a hat?

Hell of a Workout

Take an old rail track straight up a mountain for some epic views of Diamond Head and the South shores. I don't recommend this in the middle of the day.

Great hike, no direction

The hike is good but took us just as long to find a good entry point as it did hike up. We didn’t climb on the arch as it had been raining the past few days and we didn’t feel comfortable. If you’re looking for a better entry point we walked left past the parking lot and around the corner then crossed the street and climbed that way.

One Step At A Time

This is a very straight forward hike but by no means easy. Your tank will be absolutely empty and you'll look up and realize your not even half way. But the view from the time is totally worth it!

The train that could

It's a cool train track hike with a portion that's slightly mid air, so be aware you may have to go slowly if someone is afraid of heights. View up top is great, and the whole way up I was contemplating how much effort just have gone into putting a track on the hill. The whole way down I wondered why they didn't build a humongous slide, haha.

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