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, Hawaii 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 521 feet Out & Back

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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.

1 day ago

Good hike. Easy trail for all levels.

hiking
3 days ago

Great hike, I am very inexperienced and I had a super great time.

hiking
6 days ago

Amazing views and it is an easy hike. Very highly trafficked because it is doable for anyone. There are some stairs and tunnels/caves but that makes it more interesting and fun. Once you make it to the top, a very courteous gentleman will offer to place a "finisher stamp" on your map or ticket. The ticket must be purchased at the entrance and it costs $1 per "walking-in" individual (CASH ONLY). There is nice space available for picnics at the bottom and also several benches and rest areas along the hike. Took me about 1 hour to complete and definitely recommend it to anyone.

hiking
7 days ago

my first time was a year ago and being a sedatary person...I was good til the stairs...huffed n puffed, a year later...been there 4 -5 times aince...piece of cake

13 days ago

Great beginners hike

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15 days ago

Awesome hike that my wife and I did on our honeymoon. Steps for days...but the view at the top is totally worth it!

hiking
15 days ago

Good quick hike. Only downside is a lot of tourist that can slow down the hike.

19 days ago

19 days ago

So many people it's hard to go at your own pace. View was worth it but you had to wait in line to get to the railing

20 days ago

Great short hike to see the sunrise. Get there right as the park opens at 6 am as the crowds are heavy. Takes 20 minutes to get to the top but the view is spectacular.

20 days ago

Go early. It gets really crowded. Also, the last .3 mile is up steps, to include a spiral staircase. The view is great, but it is very crowded.

hiking
21 days ago

Fairly easy but can be a bit touristy and crowded but great views at the top.

hiking
21 days ago

The trial is very, very crowded but still a great experience. Great views as well!

walking
22 days ago

Crowded but easy for beginner

25 days ago

Heavy foot. Simple hike for the family including baby. Wish we would have brought our little princess

26 days ago

After hiking several ridges and trails, Diamond Head was lackluster. Arrive early to get parking and avoid the congestion of tourists

27 days ago

I did this hike 4yrs ago on Thanksgiving day with my hubby & kids. The trail has stairs in different areas, tunnels & is a pretty good workout. Lots of people but worth the view

27 days ago

I did this hike a while ago, great workout but too many people. Get their early!