Hiking the Koko Trail like a local Lani Rieger June 6, 2014 Be Fit, Be Happy, Travel Koko Crater Trail is where the locals hike. It’s known for its amazing views. The trailhead in Oahu is a hiker’s paradise but it’s not for the faint of heart. The Koko trail consists of 1,408 railroad ties, originally built over 60 years ago. They were cable car tracks used to transport military personnel and supplies during WWII. The trail summits 1,200 feet above Hawaii Kai and overlooks Hanauma Bay. It’s about 1.5 miles round-trip from the parking lot. Anyone can accomplish this hike regardless of your fitness level. But Koko Crater Trail is often called nature’s stairmaster. The first 500 stairs are actual railroad ties, after the 500th step, there’s a flimsy wooden bridge so try not to look down. After the bridge, the grade is considerably steeper. By now, you’ll feel the burn in your legs. One way to conquer the stairs is to take 10 to 20 steps and then take a break to snap some pictures and PRAY! Take plenty of water and wear good shoes and sunscreen. Hiking in the early morning is best because the sun is not too hot. The hike offers breathtaking view from the top and it’s totally worth the climb! Koko Crater Trail is located in Koko Head Regional Park at 423 Kaumakani Street, Honolulu, Hawaii. Parking is free.