Koko Crater Railway Trail, Honolulu

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Climb up 1,048 railroad ties along Koko Crater Railway Trail to reach the summit of this Hawaiian crater, famous for its views and a large botanical garden. The rail ties were installed over 60 years ago to help carry military supplies to bunkers at the top. Today, it's a popular hiking and running spot. From the summit, you can see three islands on a clear day. Be careful because certain parts of the railroad path are crumbling, and some are quite steep. Bad weather can make the hike dangerous. Take plenty of water and supplies, use good shoes, and bring sunscreen. Take a look at our Honolulu online trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Koko Crater Railway Trail and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This is a fantastic hike but totally brutal. I'm in good shape and it was very challenging. Approximately a half mile hike with a 1000 foot gain in elevation walking on uneven railroad ties. Plan for ...  more »
  • I kept hearing about Koko head the entire time i was there and all people told me was that its for 'health freaks'. I dont think its ONLY for health freaks-everyone needs to relax, but you do need to ...  more »
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  • One of the best hikes in Oahu. The path is on an abandoned tram line and goes to the top of the crater. You wont need to reach the top to enjoy the breathtaking views, but sure is most enjoyable from the top. Do make sure to carry plenty of water. Hike does not have much shade and can get hot during mid afternoon. Preferably start early in the morning and relax every couple hundred steps to revere the picturesque views.
  • Amazing hike and super rewarding. Be aware it is very challenging! You definitely do not need to be an athlete to do it. The only activity I do in my life is yoga and I was able to hike it but still I was very tired at the end. The view at the top is amazing, definitely worth it.

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