Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, HI that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

1.6 miles 541 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

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The Diamond Head Summit trail hike is likely the most popular hike in Oahu, and for good reason. While fairly steep, this easy hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcano crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim. The Diamond Head crater is more than 3,500 feet in diameter and is part of the Hawaiian volcano chain from more than a half million years ago (don't worry, it has been dormant for at least 150,000 years now). The crater is also called "Le'ahi," which means "brow of the tuna" in Hawaiian. It got the name Diamond Head almost 200 years ago when British sailors believed there were diamonds in the side of the crater. Although none were found, the name stuck. The trail was built in 1908 as part of the Oahu coastal defense system. The World War II bunkers on top now support antennas used by the government. The trail starts on a paved path before climbing several steep switchbacks leading to the first set of stairs. After the stairs you will climb through a tunnel and then climb up another set of stairs before reaching the bunkers at the top of the rim. Once on top you can climb up to the top of the bunkers for 360-degree views of the island, with Waikiki not too far away.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful views with some interesting military history, but very crowded. I am a fairly experienced hiker, and round-trip it took me about 45 minutes. Probably wouldn't do it again, but it was definitely worth doing once.

hiking
14 days ago

Quite easy one. The view of diamond head crater is wonderful. And meet the rainbow! Suggest to go early in the morning to avoid traffic

16 days ago

walking
19 days ago

22 days ago

Unless you have a desire to hike Diamond Head specifically, I wouldn't recommend this hike. There were literally crowds of people trying to hike up the path to the top. Very, very touristy.

I'm glad we did it once but I have no desire to go again. If you decide to go, make sure you are there as early as possible so you can get parking and avoid the crowds!

26 days ago

28 days ago

Hardest part is looking for parking on busy days; the stairs was a challenge cause i was afraid of height! Kids friendly; pets were allowed so expect some irresponsible dog owners leaving trail of poop also!

29 days ago

Be sure to be patient with tourists and tons of people taking photos. If you are doing this to do it, sure go ages bit not a place for self reflection.

29 days ago

hiking
30 days ago

Lots of parking easy to access and very easy hike good for tourists and new hikers

1 month ago

Thé 360deg view is howsome.

hiking
1 month ago

The views from this site were awesome, but the large volume of people on the trail with us made it difficult for me to find this trail relaxing in any respect. We went earlier in the day and it was already packed. I'm glad that I did it, but I don't think I would need to do it again. Bring water and wear appropriate shoes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views at the top but super crowded unless you go super early or super late. If you go midday you can feel like cattle being herded up a mountain.

1 month ago

Awesome view! Trail is pretty easy.

Hiked up this morning to watch the sunrise! I would say that it was way to crowded for what i like, but the view and the sunrise was breathtaking! would recomend this hike if you want a easy trip on your holiday;)

walking
1 month ago

Boring. Takes 30min to get to the top. Makapuu Lighthouse is a better view and it's paved with an accessible beach.

Went on a Tuesday morning and it was oddly crowded.

1 month ago

Beautiful place but very touristy

1 month ago

Easy Hike, ideal for workouts in the Morning for Sunrise. Make sure to be there bevor 0600am bevor it opens!!