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Koko Head Crater Trail

Honolulu, Hawaii

based on 12 reviews



1.6 miles

Elevation Gain

961 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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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!

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.

on our trip to hawaii we went on this hike and took us about thirty minutes to walk up. it was fantastic---it was the biggest workout i had in months! i couldn't even believe that we made it to the top! you could see the tursoquise water from the top and it almost seemed you could see all of eastern hawaii! i really recommend this hike but i definitely recommend on bringing water and being extra cautious going down, it is very dangerous. the steps are getting old and it is really steep, i fell a few times as well as others around me !

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