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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

Honolulu, HI

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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.

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Recent Reviews

on Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail
58 minutes ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Awesome hike! You have to go thru a gated community to get to the trailhead. The security guard at the gate is super nice. He just takes your ID and then gives a day pass for your vehicle. You return it at the gate when you head out. The trail is well maintained and clearly marked. It is definitely a moderate hike but the views are AMAZING!! Could definitely not be fun if it's raining or recently rained. The stairs are tough but doable. They have a couple section of ropes that are helpful. Not too many people were on the trail when we were but when we left all the parking spots were full. I would highly recommend this hike....it's my new favorite!

on Maunawili Falls Trail
1 hour ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Hamama Falls Trail
1 hour ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

on Hanakapi'ai Falls Trail
2 hours ago

hiking
4 Completed4 Reviews

Gotta say, locals understate the difficulty. This hike is no simple stroll. Lots of rocks throughout the whole trail, often muddy and slippery. It's a great hike but don't underestimate it.. Check out the local video on the state parks website for a good account on what really expect. Can't say it enough.. Bring lots of water.. Lots. I'd say 1.5ltrs /ea at least.. We're pretty fit and we each had 1ltr, it barely sufficed and it was a day in the upper 70's. We also pre hydrated before our start with .500ml. Bring snacks, nuts, dryer fruits.. This will be 5hrs of your day easy up and back. If you are in a rush, you won't enjoy it.. Plan for 6-7hrs and you'll It!!

on CLOSED: Haiku Stairs (Sta...
5 hours ago

29 Completed1 Reviews

I live in Oahu. This trail is illegal. All the trails leading to the trail are dangerous as well. Myself and others recently hiked the moanaloa valley trail, the "easy" trail leading to a view of the stairs (legal). However the valley trail was extremely dangerous. Due to the terrain, lack of ropes, high winds, fog, and rain, we feared for our safety returning on the valley trail as planned. We did not plan to descend the stairs. For our safety, we hiked down the stairway to heaven. Thankfully we all got down safely, but we now face a trespassing charge (a criminal charge) and up to a $1,000 fine. It was NOT worth it! There are several legal beautiful hikes in Oahu. There is no reason to do this hike. Please plan to enjoy a hike that is safe, maintained, and legal while in Oahu. Stay off the stairway to heaven. Mahalo.

on Nounou Mountain (Sleeping...
6 hours ago

-713 Completed21 Reviews

Excellent moderate trail with fantastic Vista views. Hiking sticks are strongly recommended, especially if it has rained within the past few days.

on Makena Cinder Cone Trail
6 hours ago

hiking
2 Completed1 Reviews

The view from the top is amazing! If your starting from Oneuli Beach don't start from the parking lot unless you want to bush whack through thorn bushes. Instead walk about 30 feet back up the gravel road and take the trail between the two biggest stumps.

on Waimano Ridge Trail
6 hours ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Loved it. Great waterfall to hangout at at the end of the trail.

on Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) T...
7 hours ago

backpacking
10 Completed3 Reviews

Day 1: we hiked the Kalalau trail to the beach, out to the waterfall, back to the beach, and then out to the fist campsite.
Day 2: we hiked the rest of the trail. Miles 6.8 to 8 have some narrow spots and if the winds are at your back it can feel pretty scary.
Day 3: we hiked the 11 miles back to the start of the trail.

The campsite at mile 6 has A LOT of mosquitos. If you can do the whole trail in a day and skip that overnight I recommend it.

on Pu'u Konahuanui Peak Trai...
8 hours ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I did the loop which was about 10 miles it was all road very beautiful. I found a mango and ate it

on Olympus via Kolowalu
8 hours ago

hiking
19 Completed20 Reviews

Super nice view at the top. A bit of an ankle twister at first but totally worth it for the view

on Awaawaloa via Waahila Rid...
8 hours ago

hiking
19 Completed20 Reviews

Great hike. The trail ends on the map just before mount Olympus but the actual trail on the ground is quite easy (on dry days) to the top. Best view. Super view of Kauu crater too. Tried to join both trails. They probably connect but winds were way to strong and too steep hill for a safe hike to the crater. Nice hike.

on Nounou Mountain (Sleeping...
10 hours ago

hiking
3 Completed2 Reviews

Beautiful vistas towards both Kapaa and Wailea Valley, trail is in good shape. Make sure you check out the 'nose' , 'chin' and cave at the top of the trail.

on Kaiwa Ridge (Pillbox) Tra...
13 hours ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Beautiful sunrise views from either pillbox as the dawning light silhouettes the Mokulua islands. Looking forward to repeating this hike at a swifter pace and venturing past the second WWII remnant. Starts to get busy pretty quickly though so come early!

on Canyon Trail to Waipoo Fa...
14 hours ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

In dry conditions, this was an excellent hike with breathtaking views. Families with children can do the hike. However, it can be fairly steep, so good shoes with traction soles are key. Hiking sticks or poles are highly advisable, especially with the steep final section down to the falls.

After rain, in mud, this would be an unadvisable trail and even dangerous in sections.

on Canyon Trail to Waipoo Fa...
14 hours ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

In dry conditions, this was an excellent hike with breathtaking views. Families with children can do the hike. However, it can be fairly steep, so good shoes with traction soles are key. Hiking sticks or poles are highly advisable, especially with the steep final section down to the falls.

After rain, in mud, this would be an unadvisable trail and even dangerous in sections.


16 hours ago

hiking

this was the best part of my trip to Hawaii. check out my video of our group doing this hike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO0aQEK5XXw

on Waikiki Beach Drive
17 hours ago

walking
792 Completed318 Reviews

Walk the entire Waikiki Beach early morning to miss the crowds or at sunset, especially if you like to people watch - you can walk all the way to Kapiolani Park from the Hilton – best spot to be in Waikiki in the summer is the Kapahulu Groin, enjoy watching bodyboarders, surfers, volleyball, and of course even though it says not to jump off, watching people jump off the groin. Great place to eat and chill is Duke's and there is always something happening along the beach. We rented a surfboard at the end of the day for $5 for an hour, and that was plenty of fun; during the summer, the waves off Waikiki are symmetrical, long and rolling - if you can stand up, you can get a nice long ride. Fireworks every Friday at the Hilton, definitely a great show. If you are on Oahu, Waikiki is the place for a stroll. Plenty of adventures around the rest of the island too!

on Kilauea Lighthouse
1 day ago

hiking
792 Completed318 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful. May be a bit crowded because between the views and the show put on by the variety of sea birds at this refuge, it's an absolutely don't miss stop on Kauai. From Līhu‘e, drive north on Kūhiō Highway for approximately 23 miles to Kīlauea, turn right on Kolo Road, then left on Kīlauea Road and drive 2 miles to the refuge entrance. All visitors are required to drive down into the refuge parking area. Parking is limited. The walkway is paved. The Refuge is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is closed on Sunday and Monday and federal holidays. Admission is $5.00 per person - National Parks passes and all federal land passes are honored here. Allow at least 30 minutes to enjoy your time. Northern most point of main Hawaiian Islands. Self-guided tours only, can’t go to top of the lighthouse, but views from the bluff are worth your time. Don't miss it!

on Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Sum...
1 day ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

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.