Now that I'm back on the island for a fairly brief period of time, I made a promise to myself that I would conquer Koko Head while I was here.
The view at the top was worth it...
That's Makapu'u Ridge in the distance.
In the foreground is the other side of the Koko Head crater.
I foolishly thought that going back down would be easier than going up. Going down was like a thousand squats. It's not like Makapu'u where you just walk down a flat, paved trail. Coming down those railroad ties was one careful and deep step down at a time.
Did I mention it was 1,083 feet of elevation gain in just 0.8 miles? It took me 50 minutes to get to the top and 35 minutes to come back down. Here are the Garmin stats with the altitude profile.
Today my legs are a bit sore and my right knee hurts, but I'm happy to cross Koko Head off of my bucket list.