Koko Head Crater Trail

Hike on a historic World War II remnant and get a great workout with a view. Koko Head Crater trail is 1.5 miles from parking lot to the summit with an elevation of 1200 feet. The site was a supply system for a United States Air Force Station that brought troops and supplies up a cinder cone volcano during World War II. The remaining railroad ties act as the stairs that will assist you up the hill. This hike challenges you with a steep climb, but offers incredible views of Eastern Oahu.

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Many people love to hike this trail. I have to admit the first time we tried it, I had no idea how out of shape I was. My blood was pumping in my ears and my legs ached. My best time was 30 minutes one way, although I’ve heard some can complete a round trip in 20 minutes. I have tried this hike 3 times and finished it twice.

The hike even contains a small bridge that is a little scary for those who have issues with heights. You can circumnavigate this by going on a path around this portion of the trail.

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From the summit, one can see Hanauma Bay, Hawaii Kai, Sandy Beach, and the Botanical Park below.

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If you plan to take this hike be aware that there are no facilities along the trail, but a restroom lies near the entrance of the park. Please bring water and pace yourself. A certain courtesy on the narrow and steep trail is necessary and appreciated. Also, there have been more than a few injuries from people running down the trail and tripping only to roll down.

You can find out more about this trail here.

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written by neanderthalis on 2012-07-19 in #world #locations #hawaii #tourisme-a-pied #rail #hike #trail #wandern #select-type-of-location #escape-from-the-city

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