DIFFICULTYLENGTHELEVATION GAINROUTE TYPE
Moderate1.6 mi / 1-2 hr885 ftOut & Back

The Hike

Koko Crater Trail, also known as the Koko Head Stairs, is a steep hike that follows an old military railway up Koko Head Crater located in Hawaii Kai on southeast corner of Oahu. You won’t get lost on this trail, as its a straight shot up the slope of the crater, with the railroad ties functioning as your steps. Once you make it up the 1,048 steps you’ll be rewarded with amazing panoramic views stretching from Diamond Head to Makapuu Point, including Hanauma Bay to the south. This is a very busy and popular hike, with many people using it as a daily or weekly workout. Make sure to bring your sunscreen as there’s virtually no shade on your way up, if it’s a hot day you’ll be sweating up a storm. Although it gets steeper as you get nearer the top, most of the trail doesn’t have steep dropoffs, except for one section where the stairs bridge over a 40ft drop. If the drop makes you feel uncomfortable, don’t worry, look for the roundabout way to bypass the bridge to the right.

The Parking

You can park in the parking lot at Koko Head Park.

The Route