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Hiking: Koko Crater Railway Trailhead for Rewarding Panoramic Views

  • On September 13, 2011

Are you an active traveler? At only about 1-mile up, Koko Crater (aka Koko Head) has been dubbed “Nature‚Äôs StairMaster.” Does that sound intimidating? How about climbing 1,048 steps?

There are several ways to get up Koko Head but the old railroad tracks has been the most popular and straightforward.

There are old WWII pillbox bunkers here and they constructed this railway tram to shuttle supplies and people up and down the steep terrain.

Not yet at the top… huffing and puffing our way to the top.

That’s Hanauma Bay!

Bring water and take breaks as needed. It’s not a race. Soak in the views along the way. Although the more athletic can’t run up, from the parking area give yourself 30-45 minutes to get those helicopter views on the top.

Bring a flashlight if you stay longer than sunset to soak in the spectacular skyline. Bring a snack (but please leave no trace) to ensure you save some energy for the trek down, too!

Bill’s sneakers couldn’t take this challenging Koko Crater trail, kaput!

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