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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 498 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

views

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.


16 hours ago

Listen, there's a guy up top frequently who tries to sell hiking certificates at a suggested "donation" rate of $10-15. He does not work for the park and is not an official vendor. You can get your official certificate at the entrance, in the gift shop for much cheaper ($2.50).


1 day ago

walking

Well worth the trip up; went Christmas day 2015 with the family and lucked out with parking. The place was packed!


2 days ago

hiking

Get there early before the parking lot gets full. There's $5 cash only fee for parking. The hike was really easy but the view is spectacular.


3 days ago

hiking

Well worth it. Got lucky with parking.


8 days ago

hiking

More of a tourist stop than an actual hike. The stairs could be a bit of a pain, but the trail is incredibly crowded and the whole ascent / descent is very short.


11 days ago

hiking

So much history here. Add that to the incredible views in a beautiful city and you have yourself a 5 star hike. When you get to the top of the tunnel turn right for added adventure. Climb through a bunker and a tight spiral staircase on your way to the top.
Track and pictures uploaded. Your welcome for the rainbow shot.


12 days ago

Great walk nice view


12 days ago


14 days ago

hiking

Great exercise and amazing view while you are vacationing!


14 days ago

Loved it great short trail to start the day off


17 days ago

hiking

Loved the trail. Very easy to do. Lots of stairs. Beyond fantastic views. My family had a great time.


17 days ago

Easy hike. Beautifull view to waikiki.


22 days ago

A lot of people but it was a fun trek up with cool views. With The stairs you could. argue a moderate hike rather than easy but it wasn't killer.


23 days ago

hiking

Easy trail but the view is awesome. It's good for daily exercise.


28 days ago

easy hike good for kids and elderly


29 days ago

hiking

Beautiful views. Hard climb to the top, but worth it.


1 month ago

Parking can be somewhat of a difficulty so get there early and be ready tp pay. Lots of tourists so be patient, trail has wonderful views and takes the average person about 45 minutes to get to the top. This is one trail I recommend for the family.


1 month ago

way to busy


1 month ago

hiking

Busy trail with a great view. My first trail in hawaii.