Last week I hiked Koko Head Crater early in the morning!
Koko Head is a tuff cone in the eastern part of Oahu near Hawaii Kai and overlooks Hanauma Bay and Waikiki. Koko Head has a height of 1200 feet and in its earlier days there was a bunker on the top. The railway road which serves today as the trail, was formerly used to transport food and drink to the bunker.
It is estimated at 1.5 miles round-trip from the parking area and there are nearly 1050 steps to get up to the top. In order to get prepared properly, I have summarized a few important suggestions.
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Steps to Koko Head
1. Put on sturdy shoes!
The climb can be really dangerous if you wear sandals or open shoes. I recommend to put on hiking shoes or sneakers to hike Koko Head Crater.
2. Have enough water!
You should always take enough water with you as it takes 30 to 60 minutes to get to the top of Koko Head Crater and you also have to take your time to climb down again. It is very important to drink a lot of water due to the high temperatures in Hawaii.
3. Get up early in the morning!
I would recommend to climb Koko Head very early in the morning at sunrise, as temperatures are getting very high during the day. At the top, enjoy a breathtaking view as long as you can but if you want to climb down before sunset, watch out for the trail. It can be dangerous even during daylight.
4. Don’t run too fast!
You’ll see people who can climb the Koko Head trail at a very fast speed, but they probably are very well trained to do so. You are not used to this kind of walk, therefore go slowly. If you get exhausted, take a break and sit down on the steps.