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The first mile is a dirt road which helps a whole lot. The next 1.5 miles is challenging but not difficult. The challenge is climbing so many steps. It takes a lot of endurance. The view looking back to the city was fantastic. Unfortunately, the clouds settled in towards the top. There was no view from the top. Worth doing if you want exercise and a challenging hike.

Nice easy morning hike. Tons of people on the trail, the more the merrier!

fairly quick hike, but more of a climb tho! when we were coming down a cop was ticketing a few hikers so we had to run while we had the chance. i recommend that you do this hike at your own risk of getting a citation. it was odd that he was there because normally no cops are. we were lucky that we didn’t get one but you may not.

First hike and it was amazing. It wasn't over crowded. We started at about 3:00 and they had lots of places to stop and rest. It does get hot and not to much wind until you get towards the top. Bring water and enjoy the view.

We loved this hike!!! Would definitely go again!!!

One of my favorite trails of all time, easy as far as distance, but it’s definitely a steep climb. WARNING!!! I went to hike again 10/21/2018 and there was a cop posted at the start ticketing everyone coming down from the top and telling those heading up to turn back! We chatted with him for a while, he’s very nice, but he was firm that the hike was closed and that the state of Hawaii was giving him overtime to stay there over the next few months and ticket anyone who hikes past the signs.

This is one of the best hikes on Oahu in my opinion! It's somewhat challenging with a bit of danger, but nothing compared to some of the other ridge trails. I see plenty of kids and older people on it, just be aware and don't be foolish. The view from the 2nd pillbox is simply stunning. You can see all the way from Kaneohe Bay to Waimanalo. It's a stunning place that I love.

We did a Wednesday 5:30 AM sunrise hike on our anniversary in Hawaii.

Pros:
Beautiful scenery
Well maintained paths
A variety of terrains: pathed, rocky, multiple stairs
Challenging

Cons:
Cost $1 per person or $5 per car
A huge number of tourist, try to beat the buses ( like we did by arriving a few minutes before they opened and walked up after being dropped off by our Lyft)

Amazing Views!

great for a sunrise hike. Go early and park by the beach.

Steep areas-especially starting out. Slippery and muddy in spots. Definitely gave my legs a work out! Beautiful view from top!

For my first hike ever it wasn’t bad. Paved and well maintained. Not a lot of people at 1200 and parking was easy. Saw some people swimming in the pools but I was not about to do that hike. Very kid friendly!

Dog friendly trail with a beautiful view. definitely worth it

hiking
2 days ago

greater little trail with great views.

Beautiful trail, good workout, and very few people around. You are able to move at your pace and enjoy.

BUG SPRAY a must. #staysafetbm

easy hike, great view!

hiking
3 days ago

Try Kalauao Falls hike or Aiea Ridge Trail if you want something more challenging. The Aiea Ridge Trail has some scenic point along the way.

super touristy and you have to pay to get in. but beautiful views

the most boring trail on all of Oahu. many people use this trail for running... kudos to them. get through it as fast as possible so you can get out of the forest lol. there's one view... of h3.

It's funny to see some of the reviews on here that undoubtedly have to be tourists from acting like this has to be the best hike on the island because it's so amazing. I realize this sounds condescending, but I humble myself by saying I've only lived in Hawaii for about 6 weeks now and before I experienced some of the most breathtaking trails here, I probably would have said Diamond Head was the best hike I've ever done.

Don't get me wrong, this is a great hike and a great one to start with if you're going to do more intense (and dangerous) trails later. But in my opinion it is FAR FROM the best hike. I'm going to list some pros and cons of this hike. Now remember, it's all about preference and perspective, so my pros might be cons for you and visa versa. I'm more of a hiking enthusiast. So I'd guess that my review would resemble another hiking enthusiast's preferences. Not a family's with children with them.

Pros:
-Great views at the top. One of the few places you can see the Honolulu skyline from such an extraordinary angle.
-There's a parking lot right by where the trail starts for convenience
-Cool rock formations along the walking trail and views almost all the way up
-You get to walk through a cave like structure through the mountain at one point
-Bathrooms and water at trailhead

Cons:
-Extremely crowded. Everyone comes here. I went on a Thursday mid morning and parking lot was full and trail full of people. Would hate to see it on the weekends.
-You have to pay 5 dollars to park or 1 dollar if you walk in(like I did).
-Hardly a hiking trail. It is very well maintained/established and feels like you're walking through a line to get on a Jurrastic Park ride at Universal Studios.
-Way to easy. Dont get me wrong, still a climb, and it's a workout, but other than an increased heart rate and a bit of sweating, it's a little challenge. (560 foot climb)
-Views are great but not very high up(760 feet above sea level). Many other trails have a better altitude.

In summary, I think it's a good hike to do and check out because it's still a great hike and very iconic. It's just very different than every other Hawaii hike I've done. If you want want something more rugged and more challenging with more nature and less crowds, check out kaau crater hike. Or 3 peaks olomana trail! Along with tons more.

A very easy hike with lots of views. It’s one I can bring visitors on who I’m not sure are that into hiking, but appreciate being in paradise. If you’re looking for something challenging, this is not it.

Bring change of clothes or swimsuit with you.

Paved road the whole way up with gorgeous lookout areas on the way to the top. Seasonally you can see whales migrating though they weren't there in mid October.

Pillbox gives great views of the ridges and the ocean. It's a good workout, but make sure to complete this before noon. The sun beaming down on you makes for a very warm experience quick. after the first 2 bunkers, it's not needed to go any further. I went a bit further but eventually turned back because those give the best views.

I would suggest not doing this on a rainy day because there are a handful of very muddy steep slopes that would make for a not so fun time unless you are wearing spikes on your shoes/boots.

Park by Lanikai Beach and walk to the trail. Afterwards go rest and hangout at the beach!

5/5 because it's a solid hike, brings great views, and is next door to one of the more enjoyable beaches in Oahu!

Easy to walk to the top within 30 minutes. Do not bring a stroller as the trail turns from a flat sidewalk, to bumpy rocks, to stairs and a narrow tunnel. There are a few lookouts as you go up to rest/hang out. This isn't a challenging hike, and it's not much of an adventure if you are a hiker. It's worth it to check out for the views to kill 1 hour of the day and to get a little workout in. You can park at the lookout for free before entering diamond head tunnel, or you can park in their provided parking lot for $5. If you walk in and park outside, you do have to pay $1.

3/5 because it's not an adventure, you have to pay, but it's good to do for the views.

This was one of our best hikes on Oahu this week, and we completed about 10. However, it does not have some of great views of some of the other hikes. We had a lot of fun and this hike was not as crowded as many of the hikes, We saw about 6 or 8 groups on the hike on the trail or at the pools, including Kenro and his family (see below). The first half of the out and back trail is very easy, however it is about 0.7-miles down to the waterfall pools. This does have some interesting steep sections with lost of roots. I would rank this trail as moderate, although it would probably be very slippery after a heavy rain. There are two main pools that you can swim in at the end
of the trail. Very cool and refreshing.

Well, not really a trail, more of an ascent on some pavement that isn’t flat. It’s short which is nice cause it’s all up hill without rest stops. Great views from the top.

hiking
5 days ago

I took my 17 month old son in osprey. If I can do it you can to just took me little longer then normal.This is an awesome trail. No doubt that waterfall is great. The water was really cold but once you are in you get use to it. The way down is not hard but can be hard after a lot of rain the day before. Everything can be muddy/slippery. It is the way back up that is tough. My leg were done. But I had my son on my back

Beautiful view! This is more of a climb than a hike. There were many shrines where people fell off and died which indicates the safety of this hike

Did this trek on Saturday, 10/6. Flat trail with some serious mud holes. Jeep Wranglers and other 4WD vehicles were on the trail as well. The trail goes along the coast and the views are spectacular. Only one section where you had to go uphill because the trail/road had fallen into the sea.

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