Koko Head Crater Trail

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Hawaii Kai, Honolulu
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  • kristina marie s.
    "be sure to bring water, a hat, and wear sunscreen!! esp."(10 Tips)
    Masumi K.
    "Great hike and is good for exercise and to get back into shape!"(4 Tips)
    marla p.
    "great place to go hiking and a good exercise!!!"(11 Tips)
    Regina M.
    "I was sore for days, but definitely worth the view!"(10 Tips)
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  • Do Hee J.
    Do Hee JeongJanuary 6, 2015
    Last third of the ascent is the toughest but the view is well worth the effort. If you're moderately in shape, you'll be able to make it to the top with some honest breaks in between.
  • Paige C.
    Paige CJanuary 8, 2015
    Bring water and pace yourself! It's worth it! Go for the sunrise and bring some food for the top. The hike down is a bit strenuous on the knees so bring hiking poles if you can!
  • Jeremy J. L.
    Jeremy J. Lynch®May 13, 2013
    One of the best views on Oahu and great cardio! It's an easy trail but the hike is long and step. Being water and wear as little as possible.
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiFebruary 19, 2015
    Awesome hike. Good for anyone around 12 and up. View from the top is splendid. If you're in really good shape, try and scale it in 20 mins
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DvorakAugust 5, 2013
    Use the trail that goes alongside the bridge if you don't want to go over the bridge. Also, when you reach the top of the stairs, make sure to take the trail up for a 360 view!
  • Marco Z.
    Marco ZetaJune 5, 2013
    The trail is really hard but this is the best place for look the sunrise!!!!! Love it!!!! 20-25 minuts to be on the top!!!! 13 minuts my time:))) try to be more Fast if u can
  • Terence C.
    Terence ChanOctober 1, 2014
    Crazy workout! Get ready to feel the burn in your quads plus every other surface of your expose skin. Feels like torture. Bring a towel and water. Watch your step coming down as it can get slippery.
  • Angelo C.
    Angelo CSeptember 3, 2013
    Amazing views. Go early (around 6-7am) to beat other people trying to go up, since it gets busy with tourist
  • Corey B.
    Corey BaileyOctober 15
    Tough hike, but so worth it at the end! Bring water, and that's probably all you'll want to carry up there except maybe a camera. Dress for heat.
  • Traci C.
    Traci CiccarelliDecember 14, 2011
    Advanced trail, highly elevated so air is thin making it hard to breath. Bring a bottle water and don't be afraid to take as many breaks as u need.
  • Karen M.
    Karen ManAugust 7, 2011
    The go early tip is not to be ignored. There is no shade and heat makes it that much harder. Bring water. It may only be a mile, but a strenuous one (even challenging for an athlete)
  • Keegan D.
    Keegan DrummondOctober 15, 2011
    If you are freaked out about the bridge you can go around on the dirt trail on the right going up and left on the way down... Idk if someone said this already but everyone forgets
  • Masumi K.
    Masumi K.August 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great hike and is good for exercise and to get back into shape! The view is pretty good, too. :) So it is your reward for reaching the top.
  • Clay C.
    Clay ChastainAugust 8, 2014
    Bring water, lots of it. Pace yourself and take breaks. And take lots of photos!
  • kristina marie s.
    kristina marie salesDecember 7, 2010
    be sure to bring water, a hat, and wear sunscreen!! esp. if you end up there during peak hours (it can get pretty hot). >_<
  • Chris B.
    Chris BarberFebruary 26, 2012
    Challenge your wind on the way up & your agility on the way down. Oh, & don't stop at the end of the tracks. The view is on the other side!!
  • Joshua A.
    Joshua A.June 11, 2015
    Check out the cave just beyond the top of the stairs. It's deeper than you think and has a couple side rooms.
  • Randy J.
    Randy JordanJuly 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Park at the Koko Trail Head. Walk the path all the way to the top of the crater. Take your phone and check in with Foursquare from the top. You're the king of the world!
  • Tian Q.
    Tian Q.December 3, 2012
    You know this is serious when you don't see the same horde of little Japanese tourist girls from diamond head anymore
  • Alex L.
    Alex LaoMarch 29, 2012
    Take your time and as many breaks as you need. Careful on the way down.
  • Edward L.
    Edward LockeJuly 4, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    A great one hour Walk above Hanauma Bay and if you need more Adventure hike down to The Baboon Head for a heart pounding Cardio Work Out. Aloha Eki
  • Berni
    BerniAugust 29, 2013
    The pink section is a little hairy and scary...be extremely careful w every step.
  • Bobbi-Jo A.
    Bobbi-Jo AsherJune 23, 2013
    Take your time, enjoy the challenge, and celebrate your accomplishments big or small!
  • Dave A.
    Dave AmbroseJune 2, 2013
    Use a camelback on all hikes. Frees your hands up for better balance and pace.
  • Dave R.
    Dave RichardMay 21, 2014
    BRING WATER! I got very dehydrated on the way up because I did not bring enough... Also, may not be good for those who are not in shape
  • Rob
    RobAugust 8
    Been here 10+ times
    Worth the effort. Bring water.
  • Suma R.
    Suma ReddyFebruary 3, 2014
    You'll be hurting afterwards but well worth it! Takes about 45-60min to go up.
  • Karmik D.
    Karmik DznJune 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Early morning 6-10 is a great time to go. Or 4-630 in the afternoon. Or anytime on an overcast day
  • Regina M.
    The ultimate stairmaster! I was sore for days, but definitely worth the view!
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungMarch 26, 2013
    If you can climb to the top in 15 minutes I'm impressed!
  • Ian W.
    Ian WetherellDecember 29, 2015
    Most favorite hike ever!
  • Ed O.
    Ed OshiroFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    This pic was taken from the lookout above Koko Head Terrace and Koko Head District Park.
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaSeptember 4, 2012
    You will feel the pain for 3 days.
  • Edrea
    EdreaMay 30, 2012
    15 minutes is my time to beat! Let's do this! Beast um!
  • Obake
    ObakeMay 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If you have a hard time going down, try going down backwards.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LiaoJanuary 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When going up/down, try not to take any break until you reach the top/bottom.
  • Masumi K.
    Masumi K.August 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing view from the top! It was quite the reward after running up the whole trail.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaDecember 31, 2014
    Beware of bees by the bridge
  • Paul K.
    Paul KlinkSeptember 8, 2012
    Bring lots of hydration!
  • Damian D.
    Damian DavilaApril 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure to bring water!
  • John C.
    John CamposMarch 15, 2012
    One step at a time... WELL worth the journey!
  • marla p.
    marla patricioDecember 30, 2011
    great place to go hiking and a good exercise!!!
  • Ed O.
    Ed OshiroJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Koko Head Terrace in the upper foreground at the base of Koko Crater.
  • @JaymesSong
    @JaymesSongDecember 17, 2010
    Don't forget to bring a bottle of water and leave slippers at home
  • Glenda R.
    Glenda RamirezMay 24, 2011
    Best to go before the sun comes up or right before it goes down.
  • Barbara D.
    Barbara DutraJanuary 12, 2015
    Drink water!
  • Massage Dork W.
    Massage Dork WaikikiMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    24:33 up today. Cool gentle breeze @9:20.
  • Jon F.
    Jon FelarcaJanuary 4, 2011
    If u make it in 20 minutes there's a 6 pack of Heinekin waiting for you! LOL
  • Yongchae S.
    Yongchae SongJanuary 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's good common courtesy to give right of way to the people coming down.
  • Kalani (.
    Kalani (DJ GiNSU)May 29, 2010
    Come early. And be prepared for mega-cardio.
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