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Koko Crater Railway Trail, Honolulu

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Climb up 1,048 railroad ties along Koko Crater Railway 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. Take a look at our Honolulu online trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Koko Crater Railway Trail and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • An amazing physical challenge both up and back. Specular views from the top. Shade is sparse and take water. Hard on your knees on the way down. 
    An amazing physical challenge both up and back. Specular views from the top. Shade is sparse and take water. Hard on your knees on the way down.  more »
  • Go before sunrise!!! It is a brutal hike but so rewarding. Bring lots of water because you will sweat a lot. 
    Go before sunrise!!! It is a brutal hike but so rewarding. Bring lots of water because you will sweat a lot.  more »
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  • Wear a good pair of sneakers! I'm happy I did this! This was a challenging hike but the view from the top is worth it! I'm in good shape and exercise frequently but how steep this is, it worked me out. I had to take multiple breaks going up with how hot it was. Id bring 2-3 waters for hydration. My recommendation, eat a good breakfast and do this earlier in the day before it gets too humid. I felt so accomplished when I got to the top. The panoramic views were absolutely stunning and I felt like I was in top of the world. Going up was not a issue for me, but going down took longer as I used the steps like a ladder to get down. Plan on spending a couple hours here if you want to take your time.
  • What a challenging great hike. It's such a unique hike that will get you sweating quick. You can do it! Just take your time. Ive now done this hike mid day and this last time for sunrise. Sunrise was a cool experience. Hiking up in the dark was fun, I'd recommend a headlamp which I had. It was cool seeing the stars and hearing all the rosters go crazy off in the distance. Took me about an hour to get to the top I think, but I took a lot of breaks. Make sure you have water! I'd say 45mins to an hour is probably normal. Going down is obviously a lot faster. Sunrise was awesome. After this hike you will feel so accomplished!

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