Koko Crater Ride & Hike

Experience Overview

The Koko Crater Ride & Hike is for Challengers ONLY! This is our most strenuous but also tremendously rewarding experience as we get an early start and depart from Waikiki at 7AM and ride along the southern coast of Oahu to the start of the hike. It’s a bit of a ride so the stops are infrequent, but we do learn some facts and history along the way!

We lock the bikes up at the start of the hike and make our way up the iconic Koko crater stair, 1,050 to be exact. The ride is long and the hike is tough, but it is well worth it as the views at the top are definitely worth it!

Please have recent experience riding and be in physical shape for a challenging hike if you wish to participate.

Experience Details

About the ride to Koko Crater

E-bikes are an awesome way to experience Waikiki and the ride to Koko Crater is simply gorgeous. We start in Waikiki and it is about an 11-mile ride to the start of the hike.  We go around the base of Diamond Head crater and through the beautiful residential areas of Kahala and Hawaii Kai.

  • Guided Electric Bicycle tour by an experienced guide.
  • Learn interesting local history and info about Hawaii and the Koko crater
  • Helmet & bottle of water provided for each rider
  • Free access to download pictures taken by guide (no hidden costs)
  • Stop for Malasadas at the Leonard’s Bakery truck in Hawaii Kai after the hike.

About Koko Crater

Situated on the southeastern side of Oahu, Koko Crater is renowned for its challenging hiking trail known as the Koko Crater Railway Trail. The trail, sometimes called the “Koko Head Stairs,” leads hikers along a steep ascent to the crater’s summit. What makes this trail distinctive is its use of an old World War II-era tramway, consisting of more than 1,000 railway ties that function as steps. The ascent is rigorous, requiring stamina and determination, but the rewarding views make it a favorite among adventure seekers.

Once at the summit, visitors are treated to a stunning 360-degree panorama of the surrounding landscapes, including Hanauma Bay, the Pacific Ocean, and the rugged coastline. The breathtaking vistas make the challenging hike well worth the effort, especially during sunrise or sunset when the colors of the sky transform the scenery into a captivating spectacle.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions we get about the Koko Crater Ride & Hike

One bottle of water is provided per rider. We recommend bringing a second bottle of water or a sports drink. We also recommend eating a little something before hiking as you will need energy for this hike. You don’t necessarily need hiking shoes, but comfortable athletic shoes with good tread are recommended. Although we are starting early, a hat and small towel are recommended as it can heat up quickly.

The Koko Head Crater hike is pretty strenuous and not recommended if you are not used to strenuous exercise.  Please come hydrated and it’s probably best not to hike on an empty stomach, but of course, you know your body best.

The hike is about 1.5 miles round trip; it isn’t too long, but it is steep and strenuous.  The views from the top make the hike worth your effort!

All of our tours start at our bike shop in central Waikiki.

Yes! our bikes contain saddle bags so you can bring extra water, snacks, an extra shirt etc.

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