Climb Your Heart Out

028 Koko Head 029 Koko Head

Hike: Koko Head

Location: Honolulu, HI

After-Burn: This is the only time I’ve ever believed I experienced Hell and Heaven in the same day. This climb is Hell. Stairs. That’s it. Lots of stairs. Lots and looooots of stairs. When you begin, it’s hard to look up and say, “Alright, let’s go.” So it’s good to have people who are motivating by your side, because it is in fact, quite daunting. You start and think, “Oh, no problem, I can do this.” But by the 200th stair, you’re huffing and puffing and wanting to turn around. I had to take a few breaks, one of which I was sure I was going to throw up. But I had to get up the rest of the 848 large, inconsistent steps. Bring water and a towel, you will use them. The hike/workout isn’t even a mile long, but it is a lot of work. It’s possibly even harder on the way down because of all the pressure on your knees. But guess what the hike is? It is pretty much the Stairway to Heaven. After all that hard work, pain, and temptation to quit, you reach the summit and have the most spectacular view of Oahu…maybe even the world. You see the bright blue water 360 degrees around you and all the pain goes away. Great place to eat lunch and soak up the sun (don’t forget sunscreen!). It is hands down the most rewarding hike you could ever go on. Go-Go to Koko!

Link: Koko Head

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