Diamond Head Crater Tour

MODERATE 13 reviews

Diamond Head Crater Tour is a 5.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Honolulu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, road biking, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
810 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

road biking

scenic driving

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

  • Diamond Head Road Lookout
    You can work off your breakfast by strolling the two-mile walking path circling Kapiolani Park or tackle the one-mile uphill trek (via car or foot) along Diamond Head Road to the lookout for watching the early morning surf action. The former is a flat track with shade, restrooms and water fountains, while the latter is an uphill climb past the famous Diamond Head Lighthouse along a stretch that's included in both the outbound and return route of the Honolulu Marathon (honolulumarathon.org) each December.
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  • Diamond Head State Monument
    If you continue toward Koko Head from Diamond Head Lookout and take a left at Triangle Park, you'll find yourself on the backside of "Leahi" Crater on Diamond Head Road. On the left side is the parking lot for Diamond Head State Monument. The 0.8-mile hike from trail head to summit is steep and strenuous, gaining 560 feet as it ascends from the crater floor. A concrete walkway built to reduce erosion shifts to a natural tuff (rock) surface about .2 miles up the trail, with many switchbacks traversing the steep slope of the crater interior. The ascent continues up steep stairs and through a lighted 225-foot tunnel to enter the fire control station completed in 1911. The last .1 mile is all stairs and especially steep. But the postcard view of the shoreline spanning from Koko Head to Waianae is absolutely stunning. And during winter, you may even spot humpback whales. Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for your hike, and be sure to wear good walking shoes, a hat and sunscreen. Don't forget to bring water as well.
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1 month ago

not bad to easy of a hike and not to much to offer compared to most

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2 months ago

I live about five streets from the opening to Diamond Head Crater so I've done this hike a few times and always enjoy it! I can always count on this hike to be dry, sunny and to stay clean..other than a little sweat. This goes a long way considering a lot of the hikes in Hawaii are rainy and muddy.
It's $1 to walk in and $5 to park, so if you can walk in through the tunnel I'd suggest it. I would also recommend getting a snack of the fresh pineapple at the truck parked inside the crater, very refreshing.
There is a split in the path after a lighted tunnel that you turn right to go up steep stairs or turn left to curve around the hill to a lower lookout before climbing a separate flight of stairs. I prefer to turn left when going up, then go down through the inside of the military bunker, which pops you out going down those steep stairs.
I love the views and the adventure from this hike, I've even seen some whales too.

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5 months ago

It's a great hike when it's not too crowded. Beautiful views and gusty winds from the top. Not much to look at from the base, but those stairs are killer!

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9 months ago

views are amazing.

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10 months ago

Arrive before 8AM, or parking lot will be crowded and your hike will be hot, take water, as it is a climb. The views are amazing! In Honolulu, a must do!