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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.

Photo by neanderthalis

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.

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

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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