Koko Head Crater Railway Trail

Koko Head Crater Railway Trail

We decided not to bring our lil poochie mama on this hike since we’re still somewhat inexperienced hikers and heard that this trail was very strenuous. After actually completing it Jase said he would do it again with our poochie in a carrier.  We did see a guy who looked to be in his late 30’s coming up the trail with a frame child carrier as we were coming down the trail. God Bless him because I was so exhausted by the time I reached the top of Koko Head and that was without an extra 30 lbs on my back.

The Koko Head Crater Railway Trail in Oahu, Hawaii is a fairly short hike at about 1.5 miles long with an increase of elevation by 1,200 feet. The sharp incline is pretty challenging but as you will see from the pictures below, it’s definitely worth it for the beautiful 360-degree views at the top of the crater.

If you do not feel comfortable bringing your kids on this hike you can take them to Diamond Head Trail. It’s not as challenging as Koko Head.

Before I started this trail, I was thinking to myself that this should be a piece of cake. Boy was I wrong, lol. Some people call it the stairway to hell because of how challenging it is and I have to say I can totally relate to that saying.

It is basically a stairway consisting of 1,048 steps to the top of the crater.

Half way up, the trail eventually leads to a section of bridge with a 10-15 ft drop

Once you reach this section of the trail, you have two options…. Cross the Koko head Trail Bridge, or you can take a pathway on the right  that goes around the bridge and connects back to the Koko head trail. My hubby didn’t even think twice to cross the bridge. I was left standing there thinking whether to cross it or not. I contemplated for a moment and gained enough courage to cross.

I was concentrating really hard with each step to make sure I did not lose my balance and fall, which was my biggest fear. I was hyperventilating and only looking at the two planks of wood in front of me at each step, thinking to myself, how much longer does this darn bridge go.

The last third of the hike gets pretty steep and I was practically crawling my way up. I do not function very well when it comes to heights, lol.

Here are some of the amazing views from the top of the Koko Head Crater Railway Trail

Koko head trail view at top

Beautiful shot of Hanauma BayHanauma Bay


hiking with baby

Once I reached the top I was nauseas and almost threw up.  Next time I’ll make Jase keep at my pace rather than trying to keep up with him.  Overall it was an awesome trail but if you’re not in super shape you might want to consider taking your time on this climb. There are plenty of spots where you can pull off to the side and take a break.

After the hike, we went two minutes down the road to the Koko Marina Center and had an Hawaiian Acai bowl (Açaí juice, soymilk, bananas, strawberries and blueberries topped with organic granola, fresh bananas, coconut, almonds and local honey) at Jamba Juice. The Acai bowl was exactly what we needed… its served chilled with lots of fruits and nuts and was so refreshing and best of all nutritious.

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