Koko Head Crater Trail

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The Koko Head trail starts in the Koko Head Park, in a residential area of Hawaii Kai. It is 0.7 miles (around 1.1 km) long and is considered a “moderate” hike that
should take between one and three hours. The hard part is the 1200 ft rise. Many come early and fill the parking lot. There are toilets by the parking lot, none after.

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View of the parking lot, houses in the upper right corner. Approach the trail from the path at the end of the parking lot (centre left in the photo).
There are no signs to direct you to the trail –  just follow other hikers!

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The start of the trail. You will not be alone.

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View of the trail from the parking lot. Come early, and bring water. The last part is steep, but take it in stages.

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View of the trail from the top.

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This is the only sign for the trail.

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The trail with railway sleepers. Sometimes sleepers are missing, or are very worn.

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Use shoes that give a good grip on the trail, like these that never slipped on any of the trails we hiked.

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There is a section, about half way up, where the track crosses a small ravine. You can take a path to the right, as some people seem to find the sleeper option rather difficult.

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One climber carried his dog over the “ravine” part of the trail.

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Some prefer to walk by the side of the sleepers, which is possible in many places.

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Some people run up the trail. We met one man who was on his third consecutive run out of five.

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Some carry extra weight. This water was for torture, not for sale.

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The views are great, even at the lower part of the trail.

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Hanauma Bay, seen from the top of Koko Head.

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Diamond Head

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The crowd almost at the top. Most people were young, and few older people seem to attempt the climb. Björn at age 64 felt like the oldest of all.

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There is a short climb over rocks to get to the very top after finishing the trail.

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At the top.

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The view from the top. Hanauma Bay to the left, Hawaii Kai to the right, and Diamond Head furthest back right.

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Towards Makapuu Point over Hawaii Kai golf course.

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Koko Crater Botanical Gardens, towards the golf course.

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Hawaii Kai

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Daughter Leila Jere and son Erik Mossberg at the top.

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The view at the top is worth the climb and ignoring the warnings.

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