Koko Crater Railway Trail

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Koko Head/Crater area; Hwy 72 to Koko Crater hike 1100 demanding steps up a railway - great workout for great views of the area east of Waikiki.

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jennifer Madison (84)

13 Completed0 Reviews

Hardest hike yet by far and so worth every painful step at the end. I am only 5'0" and so some steps were easier to climb than walk. My legs were like jello after. Bring some food and hang out at the top. The views are incredible.

Ryan Todd (1848)

25 Completed25 Reviews

First hike while visiting Hawaii and I really enjoyed it. We started at 4:28 PM and finished an hour later even with taking a 15 min break at the top to enjoy the view. If you are visiting Hawaii I would defiantly tackle this one first before trying the other trails in the area. The view is great

Mike Quinlan (56)

11 Completed2 Reviews

Having done this trail once I don't feel any need to do it again. There is no denying that it's an excellent workout and that the view from the top is incredible, but the climb itself is pretty dull. While challenging, the "trail" consists of a completely straight abandoned rail line. I found the experience rewarding, but ultimately it's one of my least favorite trails.

Sabrena Yedo (275)

5 Completed4 Reviews

Awesome hike! Totally worth every step for the views from the top. What a way to introduce yourself to the island. Start early and bring water!

Alicia Buchanan (212)

7 Completed4 Reviews

Challenging trail and worth every step! The views from the top are breathtaking!
There is a portion of the track where there is open ground underneath. For those with height fears or if conditions make the wood slippery, there is a side trail on the right (as you ascend). Also, I saw a few people with dogs along the trail. Not a smart decision imho.

Lisa M. (124)

WoWza What a doozie on your calves and lungs, It was great though! Will do it a few more times before we leave island in a few months! 10stars for the thrill of it!! Aloha....

Michael Maughan (1116)

28 Completed28 Reviews

Why do you climb a mountain? Because it's there? Because of the view? Because of the sunset? How about all of them!

The Good:
- Plenty of parking at the bottom. There is even bike parking. Just keep an eye on the hours of park so you don't get locked in.
- Well-marked trail leading straight up the mountain.
- Historical structures to explore at the top.
- Great views all around, including one of the Koko Crate Botanical Gardens below.
- Whale watching during the season.
- Geocaching available.

The Not So Good:
- All...the...steps!
- Little shade actually on the trail.
- The bridge may be daunting for some. Just go around to the right.

Bottom Line: Great trail to do at least once while on the island. I might even say I'd do this one instead of Diamond Head if I could only choose one. You can bring kids on this, but they might need a little help.

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Michael Quinn (399)

34 Completed17 Reviews

While I was in the best shape of my life I made it up those tracks in 23 minutes...Its a workout that's for sure. The view you get of EVERYTHING is spectacular! The ocean, Hawaii Kai, if its the right time of year you will see many whales breeching the ocean surface. Such a great hike. Reward yourself afterwards by stopping in Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Hawaii Kai.

Cody Trimm (332)

12 Completed8 Reviews

A short hike to the top but it can be very strenuous if you're not used to the elevation. I am not and was huffing and puffing as I slowly made it up (took me a little less than an hour I think). The views at the top are absolutely amazing! I found it more rewarding and a little nicer than Diamondhead because of less people and you actually had to work to get there! Like others have said don't go in the midday heat, I did and regret it.

Rolland-Angee Van Meter (347)

8 Completed4 Reviews

Holy cow! What a workout. The views at top are totally worth it. If you go during the day take plenty of water. It will be hot. Did a sunrise hike too, definitely enjoyed it more because it was cooler.