Koko Crater Stairs is our April 2010 Hike of the Month from our brand new hiking website, HikingInParadise.com. HikingInParadise.com features the best trails in Hawaii, and we hope you use our site when planning your next trip to Hawaii.
The Koko Crater trail has an interesting history. The ties in the trail were laid down as a part of an incline tram system during the World War II era. Start off slow in the trail to avoid fatigue. This trail offers great opportunity for a powerful cardiovascular as well as muscular workout. So it is a favorite trail for high-level endurance athletes like marathoners and boxers. However, you can enjoy the trail even if you are not an athlete.
From the parking lot, take the paved path that curves towards the crater. The trail is unmarked, so you need to be careful not to miss the steep and narrow dirt trail to the right. The trail begins to get progressively steeper.
Roughly halfway up the crater you will find a 15 foot deep gully. Though this does not pose too much of a danger, you could be seriously hurt if you misstep. Pauu Mai is the true summit of the crater, which is marked by a concrete powerhouse. The spot offers a unique vantage point from where you can get a breathtaking view of the Hanauma Bay.
To see the full hike, visit HikingInParadise.com: http://www.hikinginparadise.com/hike.asp?hid=Koko+Crater+Stairs