Hiking Koko Craterby: Chris Bailey
posted: Wed May 28, 2008 at 04:08 PM
HAWAII Magazine reader Veronica Craig writes:
On one of our many walking trips around
We’re guessing the step-like “walking track” you’re referring to, Veronica, are the ties of an abandoned railway that runs along the crater's west side. This is one of the best trails leading to Pu’u Mai, the crater’s highest peak. The ties were for an incline tram used by the military during World War II, to transport personnel and supplies to a lookout post on the summit.
Access to this trail starts at
A note of caution: Parts of the decades-old railway trail are in disrepair, possibly unsafe and recommended for experienced hikers only. If you do go, prepare accordingly and proceed with caution. You’ll find tips from The Division of State Parks for preparing for similar hikes here.
I haven’t hiked to the summit of Koko Crater yet, but it now definitely tops my list of things I need to do this summer. With views like this, I don’t think I can pass it up any longer.
UPDATE, 6/12/08: I climbed the Koko Crater Trail. Read about my adventures here.
Photos courtesy of Wikipedia/Commons
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