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.
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.
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!
views are amazing.
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!