Koko Head Crater Hike

If you’re a hiking enthusiast who’s looked at taking a trip to Hawaii, you’ve probably heard about Koko Head Crater when considering Oahu hikes. This trail head is located in the southeast corner of the island.

Koko Head Crater

When the opportunity presented itself to hike the trail, I eagerly said yes, excited to not only get a workout but to also see some beautiful views of this island we call home.

As my husband and I approached the trail head, and I looked up–straight up–the side of the mountain, I thought to myself, “This might be more challenging than I anticipated.” Once we got to the top of the mountain, this assertion was confirmed.

Koko Head Crater

For this hike, you essentially hike straight up a path carved out of the mountain, with railroad ties used as makeshift stairs. There’s a bridge about halfway up the path that takes you over a ravine, and if you’re afraid of heights, or if you have wobbly footing, this could be a precarious portion of the hike.

On the way to the top, you end up climbing about 800 feet in elevation over the course of .75 miles. We took quite a few breaks, and after a while we arrived at the top. Look at these views!


Koko Head Crater

Although I wasn’t sure I’d ever tackle this hike again, I might be game to try it another time. The hard-earned vistas are stunning at the top, and well worth the exertion!

Images credit: top image, Google Maps; other images, Jet Set With Mary

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