Koko Crater Railway Trail

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Koko Crater Railway Trail is a 1.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, HI that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles 833 feet Out & Back
kid friendly birding hiking nature trips walking no dogs forest views wild flowers wildlife
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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. Koko Head/Crater area; Hwy 72 to Koko Crater hike 1106 steps on wooden ties under the railroad tracks to the summit 585 steps from TH to bridge, 69 across bridge, 452 bridge to top) turn left on Lunalilo Home Rd, then right on Anapalau St, which ends on Koko Head State Park Rd (this road can be accessed from Hwy 72, but is sometimes closed). Park in the lot and walk along the road to the trail, which is a 200 feet from the parking lot. The trail goes straight up the stairs midway up must cross trestle, which is dangerous if you misstep. This will get the heart pumping and is not for those with bad knees. Take WATER! and a camera! Great for training, lots of athletes use this for workouts, but the views of Koko Crater and surrounding area are spectacular. Several Youtube videos are available. Crowded on weekends. Note there is another way up to the top via the ocean side ridge trail... past Hanauma Bay. From Chris Bailey, Hawaiimagazine.com: The step-like walking track are the ties of an abandoned railway that runs along the crater's west side. This is one of the best trails leading to Puu Mai, the craters highest peak. The ties were for an incline tram used by the military during World War II, to transport personnel and supplies to a lookout post on the summit. Access to this trail starts at Koko Head Park in Hawaii Kai. The first part of the hike is over a newly landscaped hill behind Goeas Baseball Field to the bottom of the old rail track. Its an exhausting trip. But the real fun is still to come. Your next mission is a trek up the 1,000-plus steps to the top of Koko crater. The reward? A panoramic view of the east Honolulu shorelinenot to mention one heck of a workout. A note of caution: Parts of the decades-old railway trail are in disrepair, possibly unsafe and recommended for experienced hikers only. If you do go, prepare accordingly and proceed with caution. Youll find tips from The Division of State Parks for preparing for similar hikes here. I havent hiked to the summit of Koko Crater yet, but it now definitely tops my list of things I need to do this summer. With views like this, I dont think I can pass it up any longer.

Lauren O'Gorman
4 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Mark Crimm
7 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

Reminded us a lot of the incline hike in Colorado Springs. Coming down hurt my knee, but watching the sunrise on top of the crater was worth it.

Faith N
8 days ago

8 Completed0 Reviews

Pretty intense incline, beautiful view though.

Latosha Lewis
10 days ago

1 Completed0 Reviews

This was not an easy trail. The incline at the midway point is very steep. Some of these steps are two feet steep which is hard for a person with short legs. To motivate some of you all thinking about hiking this trail, an elderly woman passed me and she looked so familiar. I asked her was this her second climb and she said "it's my third" I don't know who in their right mind climbs Koko head three times a day!!!

Ali T.
11 days ago

K H.
11 days ago

Killer Kokohead............nuff said! Giving it 5 stars, only for the views. It was tough.

Moana B
14 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

The difficulty is definitely not easy. Short distance, very steep incline up old rail track (there is also a side trail that will bypass the bridge). Sunscreen is a must. My GPS logged 1.9 miles starting at the restroom, up & back. It took me a half hour and a few breaks to reach the top. Legs felt it for a few days. Totally worth it.

Baha Ishtiwi
15 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Great view once you get to the top. Take it easy on the way down due to the loose gravel. I would rate at moderate to difficult.

Baha Ishtiwi
15 days ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Tony Nguyen
16 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Amazing worth the view once you get to the TOP!!!

Michael Garcia
19 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Michael Garcia
19 days ago

5 Completed0 Reviews

Vazgen Averyan
22 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Lynn So
23 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Andrew Fellers
25 days ago

8 Completed0 Reviews

This app is level of difficulty is certainly INCORRECT! It's more moderate to difficult. Especially if you are not accustomed to hiking vertical trails. The hike is awesome and the views are spectacular.

The trail is somewhat run down but it appears some are trying to accomplish some small maintenance. Some boards are loose but doesn't pose a serious threat. The bridge portion will present some challenges for those afraid of open heights.

Pace yourself because the last incline is a beast. The trail is crowded with little room to stop on the side. Most people certainly understand so no worries if you need to stop.

The next day... If you aren't an avid gym rat or exercise fanatic, get ready to soak in some warm water because you are going to feel it.

By far one of the most enjoyable hikes I've done!

Ron Colombo
26 days ago

2 Completed0 Reviews

Pretty intense! Took a few breaks as my quads were on fire! There were 20mph winds so standing on top was eventful, but an overall great stairway hike

Scott Johnson
27 days ago

11 Completed0 Reviews

A good workout without a doubt. A bit rough on the knees coming down.

Nnenna Okezie
1 month ago

4 Completed0 Reviews

Intense! Hard! Exhausting! But rewarding!!! I saw folks coming down with kids on their backs and that's by far amazing! I carried a 25 lbs child on my back for Diamond Head but would for this one. I truly applaud those that did (I saw two dads and one mother descending while carrying a child on their back!) I took more breaks as it got steeper. Take water and cover your myself well with black and possibly a hat. Be polite and courteous when people are passing. It has slippery parts. Also be careful if you continue on after you reach the top. When I went with friends, a guy broke his ankle and had to be helicoptered out.

Amanda Kiecker
1 month ago

3 Completed0 Reviews

Margarita Llamas
1 month ago

8 Completed1 Reviews

Very hard! with a rewarding view from the top.