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Beautiful hike.

While there might be hordes of people on this trail during the weekend, it is still gorgeous and fun. Tourist confusion on where to go after the entrance can also be entertaining. To the right of the parking lot is a human size hole in the fence that leads down a gravel road which is a more direct path than what is shown on the map. Or you can zig zag through the bamboo and jump a fence or two.

The plus side of the heavy traffic is the large amount of garbage to collect along the trail, very rewarding.

loved this hike! It took me a bit but the view was amazing!!!

Great trail, lots of tourists though.

This hike was gorgeous at the top with beautiful views of water and Waikiki. The only negative thing I could say is that this hike was definitely harder than other people have described. I am a runner and in great shape and this isn’t a walk in the park. I saw people in flip flops and Sandals and I was shocked. There are a lot of crowds and I would definitely recommend coming early.

Very cool hike

Was hard to get to, especially since there is some recent construction going on and they put up a few fences, but was an overall fun hike and the waterfall was worth it. Wasn’t very difficult, but you do have to cross the stream a few times.

Very easy and fast hike... there was no parking near it though, all the old parking is now blocked off

This is a legit hump. Prepare to get your heart rate up! Enjoy the views.

on Koko Head Crater Trail

5 days ago

Hard, but worth it !

We started on Kamahele and hiked through, then looped back to our starting point via residential streets. Great hike!

5 days ago

Let me add some details. When people say get there early, 8:15 on a Sunday morning is not early (when we got there). The parking lot was full, several buses were parked and the place was jammed. We went back out and parked across the street from the entrance at the Community College Park lot. Easy walk in from there. For the actual hike, you basically queue up and march up the path/stairs. During the hike up and down you are single file because people are going both directions constantly. In the 1.5 miles up and down we probably passed 500 people? 1000? Just a lot of people. I prefer hikes where miles covered+dogs seen > number of people seen so this wasn’t for me. Still gave it three stars for the views and the fact that the queue actually moved at a decent speed. My wife also recommends using the bathrooms at the community college park as well since the bathrooms inside Diamond Head had lines out the door.

My wife and I hiked this and it was a great view from the top. It is relatively busy hike with numerous tourists, but worth it for the view.

The place is certainly historic and an icon for the area, but it's not a trail I'd hike again with anyone given the number of tourists that frequent the area. Recommend any diamond head crater seekers to gauge the number of buses in the area before committing to the hike.

The views are great and would have been better with a sunrise but cloud cover didn't allow. Also, wear good shoes, lots of uneven terrain and stairs.

Make sure you come in spring. Other than that, great trail. DONT COME AFTER IT RAINS!!! You can also check out my video on YOUTUBE——> “Aloha State of Mind” for more clips!!!!

Very crowded. Go for the view at the top.

Enjoyable hike for all fitness levels, paved completely to the top. Come early or you’ll have to park on the street. No whales this time.

3/11/2018-Started with the group around 0815 and passed 20+ groups of hikers (quite a few of them brought their dogs along). Weather was mostly overcast and windy so it was a little chillier than usual. Didn’t see any whales on this run but did see some birds flying around and a mongoose.

Instead of starting at the parking lot where the trail starts, we parked in the neighborhood past Diamond Head Rd. and started walking from there, which doubled the length of it (but not the elevation). This way is nice because you get to walk through the tunnel and don’t have to pay for parking.

Even though the hike is fairly easy and there are a lot of tourists, it’s extremely enjoyable. The terrain is constantly changing and presents you with little surprises. You wind up and around the mountain for most of the hike until you reach a few sets of steep, manmade stairs, and then scamper through a tower with a few levels before coming out the top. An amazing view of Waikiki and other parts of the island ensue.

My favorite part was running up the stairs, it was a good little workout. Even if you’re an avid hiker I highly recommend this one, it’s a perfect break from high intensity hikes yet still satisfying.

A good quick hike. I would definitely go early morning as our group went in the afternoon and it was very crowded and hot. But overall a good hike to see the island.

Breathtaking view at the pillboxes. Very steep and slick and I was really scared, but it was totally worth it.

8 days ago

This hike has been on my list for quite a while and we finally did it today! It was a bit overcast with significant wind but the trail was dry. We got there at 9am on a Thursday and we were the only ones up there until we started to head down. Trail head is easy to find, look for the danger sign in the bamboo tree line behind the bus parking at the lookout. Pass the sign and start heading up. There are many options along the trail to cut into the trees if you don’t want to walk the ridge. We walked a bit of the ridge and a bit in the trees on the way to the Puka and completely along the ridge on our way back down. It’s amazing views and as long as you watch where you are walking it’s safe. The Puka could be missed if you don’t know what to look for, we seen 1 woman up there that was lost an went right passed the Puka. When you come up to a large rock face, go down it and that is the Puka. The trail actually goes up over it and you can’t see it. Parking is $3.00 for tourists and free for residents and military. Nice, quick and slightly technical hike. We did the Puka and crouching lion in 1 day.

Fun, fairly quick hike not far from Honolulu. Generally kid friendly. Highly recommended if you’re visiting in the area.

Very easy, the whole walk is clearly marked and paved. Lovely scenery and such lush vegetation with botanical signage AND historic Hawaiian sites with bits of interesting history for those interested all along the walk to the falls. Bathrooms at the beginning and end, not very crowded in March.

The boar is gone now.
The hike was beautiful and absolutely would recommend. We have done it a few times now and love it every time. Be ready to climb some waterfalls and wear good shoes for slippery rocks.

Technical hike up stairs but so worth it. Took about 40min to get up and about 40 min down. The views at the top cannot be beat. It is slippery so best to go when it's dry. Majority of stairs are in the shade but it's still best to go early to beat the sun/heat.

Easy paved hike. It is steep but quite a few places to stop and rest/check out views. No shade.

Did this hike for the tidepools -- to find them head to the first lookout with binoculars (you'll see signs indicating possibility of a whale sighting). There's a sort of natural "staircase" of rocks leading down to the tidepools, and someone has been kind enough to mark the path with white arrows and dots spraypainted on the rocks. It's totally worth it to go down there but be sure to go down around low tide since high tide may be a bit more dangerous for getting into the pools. Amazing, breathtaking, and if you're the only people down there it's even more special.

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