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"This next trail on the agenda may be short, but it is a killllllaaa. Koko Head is a challenging 1.6-mile (round-trip) hike straight up old abandoned railroad ties. To get to this trailhead to Koko Head District Park on Anapalau St where you will find two large parking lots with restrooms available. From the parking lot, there’s a short paved trail heading to the base of the stairs. I do recommend planning this hike for early mornings or a cooler day as there is no shade and you will get HOT. From here, there’s nowhere to go but up. It is important to note that the stairs are NOT maintained and many are cracked and broken so do watch your step. There is a middle section that is much sketchier than the rest (with the railway acting as a bridge). If you are not feeling this (like me), there is a side trail to go around this section. The way down is definitely less tiring but still challenging. I chose to take it nice and slow while others were zooming past me. It’s definitely not a race and you should most definitely go at a pace you are comfortable with!"
"Awesome sunrise spot! This 1.6-mile out-and-back trail is near Honolulu. It is considered a challenging route due to its straight incline of stairs (abandoned railroad ties), and can take an average of 1 h 24 min to complete. It includes spectacular panoramic views of the east Honolulu shoreline, Hanauma Bay, and parts of Moloka'i. ust a short drive from Diamond Head and Waikiki, this popular hiking trail can be accessed at Koko Head. Bring water since this is a prime area for humidity and hot summer days. Visitors might also be interested in the Koko Crater Botanical Garden which can be accessed inside the crater. Visitors can drive around the crater to the opposite side to access the gardens."
"A bus ride or drive from Waikiki and across from Hanauma Bay, this is a KILLER hike straight up a volcanic crater on old railroad tracks. Parts are pretty sketchy, so it's not for people with bad balance or who don't like heights. But it's a great workout and the views at the top are fire."

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