HIKE (DIFFICULT) KOKO CRATER, my arch Enemy! Why you ask? Because this Hike is no Hike, it's a WORKOUT up the "STRAIRWAY to HELL". Considering I have had MCL, LCL and ACL injuries this is MURDER on my knees and coming down is even worse so I go down sideways. Depending on your shape and if you are doing this as a workout or as a hike...times can vary. I have seen friends do this in 30 mins as a workout and have seen people take 2 hours, I have also seen people never make it and vomit half way and turn around. It really does depend on your shape and conditioning. Today filming this video of the hike took us 3 hours to complete. Now as far as I know my friends and I are the only ones that call it Stairway to Hell. There is also Haiku Stairs which is also famously known as "Stairway to Heaven" a name that it has had for a very long time and a trail that we will be doing on Waydes World Hawaii hopefully before the year is up. Stairway to Heaven is much longer and it gets it's name because you climb above the clouds where the area is much more wet, green and lush unlike Koko which is HOT and DRY! If you can't climb Koko, you can't climb Heaven. Simple as that, period!
If no one knows, Koko Crater is a Volcanic Cinder Cone and is the remnants of the last active Volcano on Oahu that took place 10,000 years ago. This Cone stands over 1,200feet STRAIGHT UP and I'm talking STRAIGHT UP! Just imagine climbing a ladder straight up the side of a 1,000 foot story building! This is no fun my friends! If you are not in good shape, if you are not mentally and physical prepared for Koko you will regret it, I promise you! This trail is not actually a staircase but it is in fact a set of railway tie steps. An old railroad you could say, that has seen better days. These rail ties get tricky when you come to the Bridge. If you made it that far CONGRADULATION, life is about to get REAL, REAL difficult! Before crossing the Bridge there is a good place to rest to the right. If afraid of crossing bridge go up dirt path to the right. It's right there at the resting spot. The Dirt path to the right takes you to the end of the bridge. At this point climb back onto the Railway Ties and continue up the 90 degree incline, God help you! Once you make it, after I'm sure many stops, and "WHY DID I DO THIS" questions to yourself, you will see how high the railway ties go. Once you continue up the harder part of the railway you will see a WALL in front of you with Graffiti on it. This wall is called the "WALL OF HOPE" it means you are almost there! Once you see the wall you know the pain in your legs will be over soon at least until you start coming down again. Once reaching the top enjoy your place among the others who went through your same pain. Talk with them, share your story, join the Ohana. For everyone is family here at the top! Walk around take it all in. Don't stop, explore this ridge line. Keep climbing even higher once you rest for a few and get a drink or bite to eat. Branch off and find your own slice of heaven on the mountain ridge line. There is room for everyone. Congratulations, you are one of the few that have made it to the top. Yes, many people climb this crater here everyday but on the grand scale of things 90% of the world don't. So yes, indeed you are one of the few who has reached the top and yes you should be proud of yourself. Your will, determination, fight, passion and desire got you this far and it should be a good indication that when you put your mind and body in the right place you can achieve anything! TO DO SO, HOWEVER, YOU NEED TO KNOW THE FOLLOWING or you will be rescued from this crater which I have seen on a weekly basis because I live in front of it: (1.) Take 1.5 liters of water with you (2.) Take Sunscreen (3.)Take your time, this is not a race to see who's the coolest, I have seen people pass out or fall (4.) Start this hike at 7AM or 4PM PERIOD, NO SCREWING AROUND WITH THIS ONE (5.) Don't let that 60 year old man that has gone up and down the stairs several times since you started sike you out. People climb this crater everyday and some people will climb this crater 6 times in one day (6.) Make friends, don't let this opportunity fly you by. You will make friends with people on this hike, no doubt! And last, ENJOY the scenery, it's amazing. Don't bitch like an old women and ruin it for yourself and your friends if they came with you. Stop often and look around. As you get higher and higher the views drastically change. That's it everyone. Enjoy and Aloha!