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.

Experience the Koko Head Trail on the east side of Oahu, Hawaii

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.

History of the Koko Head Trail

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

How to get to Koko Head Crater

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.

Starting area of Koko Head trail
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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

Things to do In Kailua

Explore gorgeous Lanikai Beach in East Hawaii

Beautiful botanical gardens of Oahu

Conclusion on Koko Head Trail on the windward side

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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