Hawaii has some of the most beautiful and challenging hikes in the world, and usually you can only enjoy the beauty once you have reached the end of the hike.
Koko Head trail is one of the more challenging hikes on the island of Oahu and is not recommended for people that have chronic aches and pains, especially in their low backs and knees, but can be especially rewarding not only for the view but also for the sense of self satisfaction once you reach the top.
The trail is comprised of 1,048 railroad tracks, which is 0.7 miles and could take anywhere from 10 minutes for the more advanced hiker to two hours for those that need to take their time. However long it takes you, the view is spectacular and well worth the climb.
Here are a few tips to making the climb just a little bit easier:
1. Go early in the morning when it is not so hot out, the sunrise is also amazing to see once you reach the top.
2. Wear appropriate shoes that you do not mind getting dirty.
3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinking plenty of water the day before and during the climb will help keep up your endurance.
4. Get plenty of rest the night before and have a small snack before the hike, such as a granola bar or banana with peanut butter.
5. Wear sunglasses, a hat and sunscreen.
6. Wear lose fitting clothing that breaths and will be comfortable.
7. Pace yourself during the climb, if you start feeling winded or dizzy step to the side and take a break, this is not a race.
What you should know about the trail:
1. About a forth of the way up the railroad tracks have no ground underneath them. If you feel like this is too much for you, there is a trail around these tracks off to the right hand side.
2. Once you reach the top make sure you explore a little in order to get the best view possible.
3. The trail is quite steep, especially when going down the tracks make sure to take your time and not rush because you might lose your balance.
4. Keep going! This is not an easy hike, but if you take your time and push through then all of your hard work will pay off.