Koko Crater Trail, Honolulu

Koko Crater Trail, Honolulu - Address

Address: 7602-, 7604 Koko Head Park Rd, Honolulu, HI 96825, United States

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Time Required: 04:00 Hrs

Timings: 24-hrs Details

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About Koko Crater Trail, Honolulu

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.

Koko Crater Trail Information

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

Koko Crater Trail Ticket Prices

  • Admission to the place is Free.

How To reach Koko Crater Trail by Public Transport

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

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  • It definitely sucks going up, but the views up top are worth it. Bring water!! This hike is not stroller friendly at all, so bring a baby carrier if you don't mind how steep it gets. The stairs (tracks) get pretty steep, especially when you're nearing the top. The trail doesn't offer much shade at all, so bring sunscreen or some type of cover. You don't have to be super fit to get up here. Once you take your time, it'll be fine.

  • Get here early if you want to avoid the blazing sun! It gets real busy throughout the day, so you'll be sharing the railway with other people. Make sure you bring water since it's a long way up. There is a certain part of the trail where there is no ground, but there's also an alternate side trail you can take if you are afraid. I see people take the side trail on the way down during this part. With multiple water breaks, this trail took maybe 1 hour to get to the top. If you put some hustle in, you can probably get it done in 30-45 mins. The top of the trail has very little shade, so be prepared for that if you need. No bathrooms available.

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  • I hike a lot. From volcanos in Ecuador to the mountains of Glacier NP. This trail, Koko Crater, zapped my energy more than all of them. It is as much work as you can imagine on a walk/hike. But it’s a *great* sense of accomplishment, and the views are very cool. We had an overcast morning, so no sunrise payoff, but it was still very worthwhile. The climb down the railroad ties is very difficult, more than going up. If you are able, leave a car at Blowhole and go down on the east slope. The trail isn’t fantastically marked, but there’s really only one way down. The suggestion to bring H2O is spot on. Don’t be fooled by the short distance of the hike. It is work, you’ll be out of breath, and you’ll want water. If you’re on Oahu, do this hike.

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  • This is a great steep hike. Take as long as you want or only go half way. The view at the top is amazing.

  • What a great workout. When I saw how short the distance was I was apprehensive to bother but had heard so much about it I wanted to see for myself. we started the day doing Diamond Head then drove to Koko. It was mid day when we got there which I regret. Too hot. Then you see it - It's pretty much straight up. I would not recommend this for anyone that is not in reasonably good shape. I'm 53 and workout 5 days a week. I'm in good shape and this climb was tough. Would be great to train on this climb. Suggest you start early and bring lots of water. If you have bad knees this is not a good idea. Rough on knees I'd do it again in a heartbeat. Tough climb but great workout.

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