Hike Koko Head Crater Trail

    1.5 miles 1000 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Tyler Drake

    Get a real sweat going and earn that extra plate lunch you're about to eat and reward yourself with 360 degree views of the island, then take your wobbly legs back down. 

    When you're looking up the hill, don't get too intimidated, there are old grandmas and young kids hiking up these tracks. Take a sip of water, muster your mental toughness and put one foot in front of the other. Once you're moving, there's no way you'll turn back! When you get to the top, soak it in for a minute, and think about what you accomplished! If you're really looking to get after it, it's best to show up early in the morning before the crowd gets there. Also, there's no shade, so it's ideal to hit this trail while it's not too hot. Once you're spent, if you're heading back into town, be sure to make a quick stop at Diamond Head Market & Grill and really reward yourself!

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    Take your time! Arrive early!

    It’s a cool view at the top, but it is absolutely necessary to bring patience and to pace yourself. Bring a backpack. Bring 2 bottles of water. Arrive no later to begin your hike than 630. The hot sun will murder you on the way up or the way down if you wait too long. Take the time to sit. Catch your breathe. And allow yourself the patience to watch where your walking on the way down. Some people are epic at this one, some are grandmas but I tell you I’m in between and it was very easy to get over exhausted fast! Listen to your body and maybe bring a hat?


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    almost 2 years ago

    Hell of a Workout

    Take an old rail track straight up a mountain for some epic views of Diamond Head and the South shores. I don't recommend this in the middle of the day.

    Great hike, no direction

    The hike is good but took us just as long to find a good entry point as it did hike up. We didn’t climb on the arch as it had been raining the past few days and we didn’t feel comfortable. If you’re looking for a better entry point we walked left past the parking lot and around the corner then crossed the street and climbed that way.


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    almost 4 years ago

    Great View!!

    Finally made the trek up Koko Head the other night... the hike itself is not thrilling but the view is definitely worth it! Make the journey on a full moon for an awesome lunar display!!

    One Step At A Time

    This is a very straight forward hike but by no means easy. Your tank will be absolutely empty and you'll look up and realize your not even half way. But the view from the time is totally worth it!

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