Koko Crater Railway Trail

MODERATE
#1 of 3 trails in Koko Head Park
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 forest views wild flowers wildlife no dogs
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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.

Ran Noveck
2 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Super hard! climb up large uneven rail slippers stairs with about a 100 yards suspended train rail bridge (scary for some) at a small part of the way. Great views from the top. Worse action you can do for your knees on the way back down. Do not forget to take water! Aloha

Tamra Vonblankenburg
2 days ago

4 Completed5 Reviews

Awesome!

Siniva Filo
4 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

1st Time. Diverse people of all ages and background gave me extra motivation. Went up with my sister Lani.

Irma J
4 days ago

5 Completed2 Reviews

Tough going up

Jacob Zuniga
4 days ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Jacob Zuniga
4 days ago

1 Completed2 Reviews

Jenelyn Agreda-Zuniga
4 days ago

3 Completed4 Reviews

Did it again

Nicholas Currymaciel
9 days ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

quick butt kicker. do this for a great workout. go barefoot if you're brave

Andrew Wuetcher
9 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Lunges straight to the top but worth it. Bring water, two people passed out.

Ricardo Hernandez
10 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

beautiful hike, with an amazing view at the top.

Jenelyn Agreda-Zuniga
10 days ago

3 Completed4 Reviews

Good hiking

Jenelyn Agreda-Zuniga
10 days ago

3 Completed4 Reviews

Justin Perry
11 days ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

tough one

Clifford Tapusoa
11 days ago

25 Completed4 Reviews

Amazing!

Clifford Tapusoa
11 days ago

25 Completed4 Reviews

Angela Payumo
12 days ago

7 Completed1 Reviews

Nimai Wong
20 days ago

28 Completed7 Reviews

Most treat this as a workout rather than a hike. On a crowded day it's slow going, regulars are trying to pass, the plentiful selfie sticks and gopros are fun obstacles. Once the sun comes up over the crater, it gets really HOT. Bring water for your dogs!!! If people pass out, whatever, people should know better. But I see so many dogs struggling in the heat. Breaks my heart. Anyway, it's true, awesome at sunrise and sunset. And well, climbing train tracks up a crater?! That's just pretty cool.

Lauren O'Gorman
27 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Mark Crimm
1 month ago

1 Completed1 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
1 month ago

8 Completed8 Reviews

Pretty intense incline, beautiful view though.