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19 hours ago

nice short hike and a beautiful view of the mountains. it was a clear day, no clouds until we descended, clouds starting to come and was drizzling a little bit. some strawberry guava on the way

on Hauula Loop Trail

1 day ago

I love it, what's not to love hiking in Hawaii, country side.

trail running
1 day ago

Nice quick trail to a decent lookout. Average view and not a very intensive hike at all. Can get muddy so just watch the weather, but it's nothing that would prevent you from doing it in the rain or panicking if you were caught out there in a passing shower.

hiking
4 days ago

Crowded

8/12/2018-Started at 0730 with tons of other people (parking lot in Diamond Head was full) so it was slow going to the top. The weather was sunny but not super hot yet and the view at the top wasn’t super crowded but the ocean was really pretty at least.

Came here for the tidepools. What an awesome experience! Should've paid attention to the directions, first headed down the wrong trail from the first lookout. Realized my mistake after scrambling down about 100 feet before deciding to turn back. The trail leading down to the tidepools was off of the third lookout. The way down was definitely more treacherous. Smaller kids would likely need a lot of help. But it was well worth it. By far the most memorable part of the trip for us. The tidepools were amazing with its wide array of fish. Nice reward for the work hiking down with a dip in the pool. The dragon nostrils were also impressive.
The hike back up was strenuous but easily doable. Made it back up in under 15 minutes.
Overall, this is must do for anyone looking for a memorable experience in Oahu.

hiking
6 days ago

Humid but not hot due to tree and then fog cover. Occasional fantastic views. Muddy, trail runners are okay. Overall great!:)

Definitely worth getting to the top!

A good alternative but much quiter and more lush hike is around the Makiki-Tantalus Trail System. There are 5 main points of entry into the interconnected system of trails - Judd Trail/ Nuuanu Trail from the Nuuanu Pali Dr., Maunalaha/Kanealole/Makiki Valley Trails via the Makiki Nature Center , Pu’u Ualakaa/Moleka Trails from Round Top Drive, Manoa Falls/Aihualama Trails at the end of Manoa Rd, and lastly Pu’u Pia/Kolowalu Trail from the end of Alani Dr/Woodlawn Dr. Study the trail map and have fun exploring.

http://www.dlnr.hawaii.gov/recreation/files/2013/09/Oahu-Hiking-Map_HonoluluMaukaTrailsSystem.pdf

Extremely crowded, as in traffic jam on the trail, even midweek. Very slow as people just decide to take a break in the middle the trail and block people in both directions.

The view at the top was nice but not worth dealing with all the people

A nice hike! Easier than anticipated. It is all uphill and parts of it are through concrete tunnels- nothing small, enough room to move. The view wasn’t breathtaking- but a fun day hike !

We were there on a Thursday afternoon and it wasn't crowded. Dry, desert landscape, but the views at the top are awesome. We had the extra treat of seeing a hanger glider and a paraglider playing in the air right in front of us.

Great ridge trail. Challenging, but much safer than others I have hiked. Not a great hike for small children, but everyone else can enjoy it. It was muddy today, recommend hiking boats or trail runners. Tennis shoes might not cut it for some people.

Nice hike, but crowded if you don’t go early. But worth the view and steep steps to get to the top

hiking
12 days ago

Despite the lack of waterfalls today, this was a great family hike. We carried one kid the whole way, while our three year old alternated walking/riding. Bring bug spray and wear shoes with good grip as the trail is muddy even during the driest periods.

Awesome hike. According to my GPS it 2.3 miles each way and all uphill. My five year old was a trooper and did it, but she has been building up to these hikes. l carried my three year old in a kid carrier and l would highly recommend a good walking stick for coming back down the summit stairs. All in all one our favorite hikes on the Island.

Such a pretty view!❤️

Great hike for my little ones and pregnant wife!

13 days ago

great trail to go running at a moderate pace if it's not raining! (because then it would be muddy and slippery) beautiful view at the top (don't go past the bench at the top!- it's not really a trail and you go through a bunch of thorn bushes that leads to the electric pole where the view is the same from the end of the trail at the bench- not worth the thorns! lol)

The hike was fun, met lots of people from all over. The views are spectacular.

The brevity of this trail combined with the view make it a great choice but for a truly epic experience climb down into the wave pool below. Just look down at the right moment and you should see plenty of people down there. The epic waves and fish and experience is just fantastic. Be careful not to get too close to the waves because they are unpredictable and can carry you out and smash you against the rocks. As a resident Hawaiian I give it 4 simply because of just how many epic trails there are here but a tourist would likely give it 5 stars. Email me at justindavidsands@gmail.com if you want to do some of the truly epic and challenging trails.

Its definitely a wonderful view of the city but as far as views go there are several others that are less touristy and require you to walk back to back in a slow moving line and waiting your turn to take selfies. Wiliwilinui and several others have epic views without the long lines but keep in mind they won’t be paved and you will get muddy. There are some advantages here in the sense that you can’t get lost and won’t get muddy or eaten by mosquitoes but then the true hiking aficionado would say then you really aren’t hiking. Its 5 strs for a tourist but 4 as a Hawaiian resident who loves hiking. If you want to group up for some truly epic hiking adventures email me at justindavidsands@gmail.com.

This was a challenging hike! We were surprised how limited parking was. We arrived at 7:30 AM on a Sunday morning and the parking lot was already full. We decided to park down below Diamond Head at the park and walk up the trail (through the tunnel). Round trip from this location was 3.7 miles. There were definitely A LOT of people sharing be trail, but the crowds were worth the spectacular view. Unbelievable!!! And a much easier hike going down!!!

killer views at the top.

The crowds leading up the side of diamond head crater are enormous, and if you get stuck behind them that’s exactly what you’ll be doing- walking! I’ve been able to trail run along the paved path and solid trail leading up the side only a couple of times either extremely early or very late in the day. The views of the city and looking back toward Koko Head Crater are beautiful. This is definitely a “tourist” destination that you have to hit if you’re visiting the island, but the crowds deter me from visiting too often. Bring sunscreen and water. There’s a dry heat on the trail with little to no shade. 4 star views, 2 star crowds= 3 Stars overall.

hiking
20 days ago

Went about an hour before sunset. Saw a monk seal. Hiked 3.5 miles and then turned around as it was getting dark. Gorgeous sunset!

Great hike . A little muddy but cool on a hot day. Mostly covered hike with breathtaking views. Took about 2 hours. Great for a beginner.

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