Koko Crater Trail

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  • Address: 7602-, 7604 Koko Head Park Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Trail, Park, Hiking Trail

Beginning with a hike of 1,048 steps built more than 60 years ago, the Koko Crater Trail is a treat of nature’s untouched pathways. The crater is home to a botanical garden where you can explore hundreds of species of plants and flowers and see a variety of birds.

The lookout point is however, the most popular place- owing to the stunning view all around. Do make sure you see the sunset from here and take in the view of the coast. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Honolulu itinerary 4 days.

Koko Crater Trail Travel Tips

  • Carry bottled drinking water and snacks.
  • Do wear sturdy shoes for the hike.
  • Wearing sunscreen will help to protect from the sun.

Entrance Ticket Details For Koko Crater Trail

  • Admission to the place is Free.

How to Reach Koko Crater Trail

  • By Bus: Kalanianaole Hwy + Opp Hanauma Bay R
  • By Taxi
  • By hiring a local Cab
  • By renting a Car/Bike 

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  • Koko Crater Trail Address: 7602-, 7604 Koko Head Park Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825, United States
  • Koko Crater Trail Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Koko Crater Trail(preferred time): 07:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit Koko Crater Trail: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 13.42% of people who visit Honolulu include Koko Crater Trail in their plan

  • 79.02% of people start their Koko Crater Trail visit around 11 AM - 12 PM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Koko Crater Trail

Monday, Tuesday and Friday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Koko Crater Trail

People normally club together Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Makapuu Lighthouse Trail while planning their visit to Koko Crater Trail.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Koko Crater Trail Reviews & Ratings

  • Great hike. Was debating on bringing my child. Do NOT bring small children. It is not safe. For adults, awesome hike. Challenging and vertical. Made up in 21 minutes, and down in double the time. Make sure to bring water and good shoes.

  • Even though the short, steep hike turned out to be a royal sweat out, I loved it. The challenge of stepping up all those rail ties tested my physical fitness for someone 60. I did well. The spectacular view atop the crater rim rewards the effort. WW2 embattlement remains scatter over the summit. You can still see the mechanism that pulled the rail cars up the maximum 100% grade. Using my GPS tracker, I broke down the hyperbolic grade. (These figures are approximate.) The trail goes up 1043 feet of grade in 1.0 miles. The first 0.5 miles takes care of 250 feet of grade. The next 0.25 miles adds 250 feet more grade. Twice as steep. The last 0.25 miles does half the grade of 500 feet. Four times as steep. That amounts to a killer 2000 feet per mile! And all this is on a dilapidated rail track.

  • I've done this hike over a dozen times. I've completed this while I was a college student, after I graduated, when I was pregnant, and later with my baby. The views of the sunrise are amazing. Be careful when it rains, though. It can get slippery. Every now and then there's also a bee hive near the side of the bridge. Once you pass the bridge, you're more than halfway through to the top. This hike isn't easy because it's basically all uphill with no shading and uneven despite the tracks, but it's a nice little challenge on a free and legal trail.

  • If it's not overcast it's super hot. Easy to catch heat exhaustion even for the most physically fit person. Bring lots of water and do not bring children. It's quite dangerous and I'm surprised this is legal to the public. Many broken rail ties, no hand rails, steep hills, hardly any shade and hardly any wind on the side of the mountain with the rail car rails. Once you reach the top of the mountain it's beautiful and on the other side it has a lot of wind and beautiful scenery. But if you are not physically fit do not do it! Many people have to be air lifted off of this mountain from heat exhaustion or stroke. It's hot hot hot! Again I say do not bring small children or children at all of any age! We seen people bringing babies and toddlers and it's definitely dangerous. It's a very hard mountain to climb so be warned. Don't do it mid day.

  • The hike up the railroad tracks is awesome! Every time I travel to Oahu, I hike up the crater. If you take your time, it is not too difficult. Make sure you take a lot of water. The view at the top is amazing! Be careful on the way down, some of the railroad ties are slippery. I recommend this hike to everyone I know. Enjoy the views while hiking up!

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