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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail [CLOSED]

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Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 452 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

partially paved

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

closed

fee

no dogs

All Hawaii State Parks have been closed due to COVID19. For more information, see their site here: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/diamond-head-state-monument/ 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 volcanic crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim where panoramic views await. Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater. 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 steep 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 and Pacific Ocean, with Waikiki not too far away. The last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30 pm. The gates are locked at 6:00 pm daily and all visitors must be out of the park by this time.

hiking
8 days ago

Not much I can add to this: more or less worth the hype. Everyone will tell you, of course, that you've gotta expect a lot of people! This is an attraction in addition to a hike. Lots of stairs if you're not sure-footed.

hiking
8 days ago

This can be very busy! I would advise going as early as possible. The views are breathtaking but difficult to see if it is busy.

hiking
9 days ago

Went last year, but loved the place!! Lots of stairs however, beautiful view!! There’s also trucks at the bottom that sell pineapple dole whip!

14 days ago

Did this as a sunrise hike for my birthday March 2019. It was very crowded as people had the same idea. I didnt make it to the summit before the sun started rising, but I did stopped at a lookout point.

19 days ago

Très facile, vaut la peine pour le côté historique, prend pas plus de deux heures.

hiking
22 days ago

This trail is mainstream! It’s a good intro to Honolulu. We try to do this hike often and record our fastest time, but you can’t get an accurate one when there are a lot more people on the trail.

hiking
24 days ago

Very busy trail but it's worth it. You can't have been on Oahu and not have hiked Diamond Head. The switch back trail offers a pretty easy path up the mountain.

1 month ago

Nice hike. but very busy trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike. Beautiful view from the top. Done in 2015.

1 month ago

did in 2015. great hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view but very crowded with tourists

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closed
1 month ago

Closed. Only Fort Ruger pathway at bottom of diamond head accessible

hiking
1 month ago

If you're into hiking and don't have a ton of time on Oahu, this place is indeed a classic but crowded with tourists and not really worth how long it takes to navigate around everybody. For more impressive views and a serious workout, consider a dawn hike at Koko Head.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, loved the sight at the top. Cool old military structures.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail. I bring every out of town visitor here because it’s iconic. Can’t get better views of Waikiki (unless you’re in a helicopter). Suitable for all ages and almost all fitness levels. There is a section where you have to walk through a tunnel. My claustrophobic mother did not like that. No dogs. Pay to park or enter on foot. IG: @pieandthesky

hiking
2 months ago

Tourist essential

hiking
2 months ago

One of my favorite trail while vacationing @ Oahu Hawaii. Well paved, view was stunning ! Got to experienced some of the pill box .... it’s pretty crowded trail but it’s all worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Family friendly hike. Nothing challenging, basically just a walk up a path that leads to the top then you turn around go back down. Great views when you get up top though

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Great views. I read that it was crowded so I went at like5:30 am and watched the sun come up, I also beat the crowds. It was the perfect time. Again, so beautiful.

3 months ago

pretty sure this hike is closed, but if anyone is interested in going on other hikes with me let me know! I've gone on many different ones so far. my instagram is @vasqu067

hiking
3 months ago

Looking to hike this sometime after 2pm on a weekday! Let me know if anyone wants a hiking buddy. IG: sayrachel

hiking
3 months ago

Afternoon is the best time to hike to avoid crowd and catch rainbows

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rocky
3 months ago

This trail is very tiring but has some of the best views I’ve ever seen

3 months ago

CLOSED butttt!!!! This is the time to go up the side route! No tourists at the top which is unheard of for diamondhead. I'm a hike guide and could help you up the side if needed! ig: Jai.ti I do hikes all over Oahu check out my ig for more info. Mahalo!!

3 months ago

closed today due to covid19

3 months ago

Great little hike. I would put it in the easier side of moderate. Awesome views and well worth the time, even in the rain!

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no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Easy to slowly ascend, fantastic trail to run up, but is super popular and bust in the afternoon. Views are worth the short hike and anyone visiting Oahu should visit.

hiking
3 months ago

Could b slick on the way down. Highly recommend for the views and history.

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fee
rocky
3 months ago

Great hike. Beware of the stairs!

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