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Koko Crater Trail, Honolulu

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Climb up 1,048 railroad ties along Koko Crater 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. See Koko Crater Trail and all Honolulu has to offer by arranging your trip with our Honolulu tourist route planner.
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  • This hike is basically walking up the side of a volcano on an abandoned railway line. For the fit it will take around 25 minutes, 45 minutes for the not so fit and a long and painful amount of time fo...  more »
  • I would go early in the morning to avoid large crowds. You'll end up with a great city and beach view at the top. It takes about 45-60 minutes to get to the top, depending on your speed. 
  • Koko Crater Trail is a very steep, straight up trail on railroad ties. It's physically challenging as each step is about 3 feet wide and it gets very steep at the top. The view is gorgeous and worth t...  more »