Koko Head Hike, Oahu

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My legs are shaking just remembering this hike. This one was much different from Manoa. In fact, it was quite the opposite. Instead of the hike being beautiful and the end result being sub par, the hike is extremely difficult and grueling but the view from the top is so worth it.

What you need to know:

The Koko Head hike Oahu is not for the faint of heart. Is is not a hike for children or strollers or people who are extremely out of shape. The hike consists of about a million ‘stairs’ up to the top of a mountain. The so-called ‘stairs’ are in actuality railroad ties, and they don’t exactly make the hike a lot easier.

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There are many places where the steps are difficult to walk on and some places there is cement filled in the middle making it very easy to lose your balance and fall.

The steps just get steeper and steeper and steeper, the further up you go. There are no switch backs. Just the steepest hike of your life. And there are no hand rails. Just you, the other people hiking, and the constant fear that you are going to go tumbling to your death. I might be over exaggerating. a little.

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The other thing, is that the steps are dusty, making them a little slippery. So bring sturdy shoes, sunblock and water!

It’s important that you go the first thing in the morning (6-8am) or after the sun goes behind the mountain. Not only is there fewer people at that time, but that way you won’t be baking in the sun while you attempt to accomplish this hike.

Don’t get me wrong, while the hike is difficult, the view is INCREDIBLE and absolutely worth it.

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Just make sure that once you get to the top, you don’t just stop at the top of the steps. Keep going around to the other side of the point. That’s where the real view is. Pictures don’t do it justice. The view is just amazing.

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^^Look it’s Hanauma Bay!

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There is also an old bunker just at the top of the steps. It seems a little sketch but it’s kind of cool inside. Although you’ll need a flashlight.

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If you can believe it, the hike back down is harder than the way up. It’s even easier to lose your footing trying to walk down the dusty, slippery “steps”. So be careful and go slow. And be courteous and step aside for those crazy people who come and run it everyday. They’re in shape so they could kill you.

Verdict: Do it, but…

Only if you are in shape. If you aren’t completely confident in yourself, there is really no need to risk it.

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