Experience the Koko Head Trail on the east side of Oahu, Hawaii
Koko Head Trail is a real workout that you’ll either love or totally hat because it is a ball breaker type of climb. Done all uphill and climbing these railroad tracks that go all the way to the top of the rim area with spectacular views of Honolulu city, Hawaii Kai area, Hanauma bay and the east coastal areas of the island. It’s better than doing the Stairmaster because it is all outdoors, in nature and totally free.
History of the Koko Head Trail
During World War II the military created the tracks to the top of the crater. The military used to have pillbox bunkers on the top and the railroad tracks to the top were used to transport materials and equipment to the top of the crater. After being abandoned by the military, the steps are used for exercise with local crowds and visitors to check out the views and bunkers on the top.
How to get to Koko Head Crater
Drive from Honolulu on Hwy 1 going east until it turns into Hwy 72
When you reach the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center make a left on Lunalilo Home Road
Make a right on to Anapalau Street
Left into the Koko Head District Park
Park by the Baseball field area and follow the signs to Koko Head steps ahead
Distance 1.5 miles round trip about 30 mins to 1 hours depending on breaks and exploring on top
Difficulty factor – all uphill moderate
Starting area of Koko Head trail
The climb starts Over 1048 steps to the top of the Koko Head Crater. This is definitely an endurance type of hike all uphill and on railroad ties. Once on top you’ll get spectacular views of the areas below including Sandy Beach, Hanauma, and the south shore area. Best times to do this hike is early morning or late afternoon when it is cooler in this exposed area.
Trail begins at the baseball field parking lot with signs to trailhead start. The trail begins at an easy sloping climb and then starts to get challenging after the first few hundred steps.
Details to hiking the trail
There is no shade so come prepared
Bring enough water, sunscreen, a cap and sunglasses
Wear good hiking shoes for this climb
Don’t forget your camera or cell phone for the amazing views
Check out this cool video of climbing the Koko Head Trail
Things to see in the area
Visit to the marine reserve area of Hanauma Bay
Explore Hawaii Kai area
Check out the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail
Visit to Waimanalo Beach
Explore gorgeous Lanikai Beach in East Hawaii
Beautiful botanical gardens of Oahu
Conclusion on Koko Head Trail on the windward side
For East side fun, you’ll love explore all fun activities and attractions around the windward side to include Waimanalo, Lanikai and Kailua areas. Hope this gives you some great ideas of things to do and see around the town and outlying areas to visit.
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