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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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  • It was one of the most physically satisfying walks I have ever done. BUT you really need to have strong knees and legs for this especially when you are coming down. This old abandoned rail tracks are ...  more »
  • As you pull into the parking area, don't let the sight of it overwhelm you. Locals do this hike daily for their exercise. They're not actually "stairs" but railroad ties and the step sizes are varied....  more »
  • Hope your in shape. Straight up to the top. Over 1000 steps. Difficult is a good word to describe this. Take water and snacks. Take extra breaks. The view at the top is incredible!  more »