Family recreation & challenging hikes Koko Head District Park - Park in Honolulu, United States



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Address

423 Kaumakani St, Honolulu, HI 96825, United States

Website

https://www.honolulu.gov

Contact

+1 808-768-6718

Rating on Google Maps

4.70 (6488 reviews)

Working Hours

  • Thursday: 7am to 10pm
  • Friday: (Veterans Day), 7am to 10pm, Hours might differ
  • Saturday: 7am to 10pm
  • Sunday: 7am to 10pm
  • Monday: 7am to 10pm
  • Tuesday: 7am to 10pm
  • Wednesday: 7am to 10pm

Amenities

  • Amenities
    • Good for kids
    • Public toilet
  • Accessibility
    • Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • Wheelchair-accessible entrance

Reviews

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  • 5Akshay J. 8 months ago
    It's definitely a difficult hike so be prepared. You walk and climb up an abandoned railway track all the way to the top. There's a section in between where the land under the tracks has eroded but you can still walk over the tracks or take a small bypass on the side. There's absolutely no shade so bring a hat and definitely bring enough water to last you. Once you get to the top, continue the hike to a small abandoned post for bird eye views. Personally we preferred the Diamond Head hike to this one since it felt better maintained and nicer views but this is still a good hike if you're looking to do something a bit different and more difficult.

  • 5Jason H. 3 months ago
    Absolutely amazing views! straight up a railroad track my watch ⌚recorded 1024 ft of gain in less than a mile 😱. And halfway up there is an exposed Gap under the railroad ties that's elevated pretty high off the ground it is by passable to the right going up but pretty exciting if you look down as you're walking on the railroad ties. But you're rewarded with epic 360° views! Beautiful enough my friend proposed to his girlfriend at the top💖

  • 5Ludwig F. 1 month ago
    What an impressive (even if short) hike up the stairs this is, with rewarding views! You gotta leave before sunrise. Bring lots of water. It is only about 1km to hike up, but more than 1000 steep stairs along the train tracks make it challenging to climb. As a pretty fit person it took me around 20 minutes to reach the top.

  • 5Anil H. 8 months ago
    Gear hike. Not for beginners. It's an old railroad track, not real steps. Each step is about twice as big than your average step on a staircase and there are over a 1000. The incline is steep. The are no handhold or guidelines. There are no bathrooms. The views at the top are amazing. Therecare some old platforms you can sit on and watch the sunrise or sunset. Coming down is an adventure as it's very steep and again no guiderails.

  • 5Scott W. 5 months ago
    Short but grueling hike. No shade, no flat areas to catch your breath. Just a 1000+ stair climb straight up the side of a crater to a breathtaking panorama view of the southeast corner of Oahu. We did it in the afternoon and it was amazing. But if you're a morning person, I'd highly recommend doing the climb early enough to catch the sunrise from the top!

  • 5Svetlana G. 10 months ago
    Awesome! Absolutely worth to go. It's a heavy cardio training so NOT for kiddos. Teenagers can do if in really good shape. Stunning views from the top. Free parking. Easy to find a spot cause it's a park.

  • 5Lauren Q. 6 months ago
    Challenging rewarding hike. It’s all stairs so bring water and pace yourself. The view is worth it from the top. There’s one section that’s a gap with nothing underneath it but there a detour you can take if your scared. Took us about 1.5 hours total including about 30 minutes resting at the top. Comping town is esqueleto as tiring because it’s very steep and our legs were shaking.

  • 5Alexander Van M. 6 months ago
    Great leg workout. I would not recommend it for anyone with limited mobility or who would be at risk of easily slipping. Read as: don't bring your 60 year old parents. Fantastic views of the top. If you look east, you also see a couple of the other islands in the distance.

  • 5Madhumitha R. 9 months ago
    This is straight up stair master. Very good steep step workout for your vacation. Bring water and snacks. Need good shoes and attire to make it to the top. It gets really hot in the afternoon. The whole hike took 1.15 mins. You could do it much faster. Catch a sunset, the view is soooo worth it.

  • 5Kristie D. 1 year ago
    This hike was SO worth the burning quads we had the next day! Grateful for bathrooms in the park before we parked the car as well as ample parking. There were some men there building stairs along the side of the trail where there's a bridge so you can safely pass the rail bridge on a dirt trail to the right finished by some *new* wood stairs leading back to the rail ties. Everyone on the trail was so nice, encouraging, and accommodating - moving over or pausing for others to pass by. HIGHLY recommend this trail! The views from the top were breathtaking. Make sure you go ALL the way to the top (follow the dirt/rock trail after you reach the summit of the rail ties).

  • 5Robert C. 5 months ago
    I love this hike! I've done it twice in under 20 mins. Most people take a lot longer. I just like the challenge. Whether it takes you an hour to get up or whatever it's definitely worth doing one time. The views at the top are beautiful. Go early around 630 AM to beat the sun shining on the trail on your way up. Parking is free and there's plenty of it. It will seem like there's a lot of people but at the top there never seems to be that many. It's intense though. Almost straight up. Bring water. Take your time. It's a big accomplishment!

  • 5Harish R. 1 year ago
    Best place to do sunrise hike whuch is 1000ft above the sea level and and now they are rebuilding the log all the way to top so it is more stady and better than before.

  • 5Barret G. 1 year ago
    Super fun and amazing history to explore! Absolutely loved the climb and the hike down the crater!

  • 5Brittany W. 1 year ago
    Great hike. Steep, but take your time and bring water.

  • 5Robert F. 1 year ago
    This was not on my vacation itinerary but we drove past it and after I saw it I had to do it. I woke up early and went by myself around 6:30am. It took me a good 45 minutes with plenty of water breaks to get to the top. Overcoming the mental and physical challenge to get to the top was one of the most rewarding and satisfying feelings for me. The view at the top is amazing. Go early because the sun rises behind the crater, if early enough you can hike up in the shade.

  • 5Sabrina T. 1 year ago
    This was a pretty intense hike but the views at the top are priceless. I would recommend going early in the morning because you will sweat on this one. Also bring a good amount of water and good hiking shoes.

  • 5B. 1 year ago
    An absolutely punishing hike with some sketchy areas - but the amazing views are definitely worth it. It got extremely busy later in the morning, so get here as early as possible to avoid getting stuck behind large crowds. Very doable if you take it slow and mentally prepare yourself! Watch your knees on the way down!

  • 5Sharon Y. 1 year ago
    If you’re not used to doing 1000+ steps on a stair master, this WILL kick your behind. Wear something you don’t mind getting dirty, and bring lots of water. Pace yourself and take as many breaks as needed- it can get steeper in the higher parts so beware of that! It is also a good idea to go in the morning so the sun is a little more forgiving.



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Last updated: 2022-11-10