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.
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.
Nice trip with parents. Easy trails with ok views on top
This is a very heavily trafficked hike, that includes a lot of stairs so be ready for the glutes to burn. Very family friendly trail, with a pretty view of Honolulu. There is dark tunnel part of the way through that's kind of fun and the kids seem to enjoy as well. Overall it's a good hike, that's not too hard but very busy! Also it's a dollar entrance fee per person!
Physically, this trail is on the easier end, though the stairs can be a bit of a workout. I was not winded or in pain from it. But...
There is not much shade, and today it was hot, very humid, and there was very little breeze. This made it a bit miserable.
The views from the top were beautiful, but you are far from alone, so you won't be able to get a 360, but I still got really nice pictures. The way down was very quick. We saw a few ferrets. Then we got Shaved Ice, a Pina Colada smoothie and coconut juice.
Raining very hard that day but the hike was good. Views were not that good because of the rain. Would be a better hike on a sunny day.
Great views!!! Only down side lots of people.