Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

MODERATE 1,626 reviews

Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail is a 1.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kaimuki, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
498 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

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no dogs

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
2 days ago

Diamond Head is so famous and popular for good reasons - the hike is a bit challenging without being overwhelming, and the view is indescribably beautiful! Just be prepared to deal with large crowds if you don't go really early. The view of Honolulu and Waikiki makes it totally worth it though.

2 days ago

10/13/2018-Started around 0715 and it wasn’t too crowded today. A little humid at the start but once we got closer to the top it was cooler. Thankfully it was overcast most of the time so the sun didn’t bake us but we still wore sunscreen. =) View at the top was awesome as usual.

hiking
3 days ago

one of the best hikes ive ever had, amazing view

hiking
3 days ago

Definitely a must if you are in the area. Hike starts in the Crater and goes up to the rim. We were there before 8am and the trail was very crowded. I would recommend getting there earlier.

Great hike. I went at 630am, reaching the summit around 650am. The three reasons I'd suggest this early time are cooler temperatures, less people, and great light if you're into photography.

hiking
6 days ago

Awesome views! Worth every step!

hiking
7 days ago

It was a great touristy adventure when we got here! Checked it off the list!

walking
11 days ago

A pretty fast hike, it took me about 30-40 minutes to get to the top. The views are beautiful and I suggest the earlier the better to avoid all of the people.

walking
13 days ago

About a 15 minute walk to the top. A fun easy going walk that is decently crowded. I was there before 8 and there was a lot of foot traffic up and down. I would highly recommend going earlier. The views are amazing!!!! You can see so much of the island and coast line. Great for family’s. If you’re looking for something more physically taxing than a 15 minute walk uphill I wouldn’t recommend this hike.

14 days ago

I love it .but start early to dry!!

hiking
15 days ago

Nice easy trail, Lots of history with it. Great views even when it is raining out

17 days ago

Good views at top! Fun trail. Not long. Took us 1 hour round trip. Gnats at the summit though. Good short challenging hike. Got a good sweat.

22 days ago

lot of fun. busy, but still views.

hiking
22 days ago

Second time here. Beautiful views and interesting history. We walked back to Waikiki and stopped Banan...nice way to finish up hike.

22 days ago

Always getting there around 4pm so that not too hot. Great for daily exercise. Feels great at the top. Breezy!

hiking
23 days ago

Just one dollar by feet to access on the diamond head viewpoints. A lot of people but it’s very beautiful view after 20 minutes of hiking

23 days ago

Pay 1$ and full of tourists

25 days ago

Breathtaking views but stairs are difficult for non hikers

26 days ago

It’s good to see, but it’s overly crowded and difficult to get a good pace going when your in a “Congo line” going up the whole trail. It’s also hard to get a picture without getting some randos in it

hiking
26 days ago

Pretty disappointing to be honest. Sure it has nice views at the end, but these views can be found at most summit or ridge trails on Oahu. This was most certainly more of a trail or nature walk vs a hike. Not hard at all, just hot and exposed. We arrived at about 8am and there were already droves of people walking up and down. There was a wait for any view as people were taking turns with pictures. I would recommend taking the steep set of stairs immediately to the right after you exit the first tunnel. It's not much of an effort and gets you straight to the first observation deck which isn't as busy and has almost just as nice views as the very top one immediately above you. Nice for families or just people who was a quick walk to a view and don't mind TONS of people. For any hiker or someone who wants a bit of solitude, this is not for you.

27 days ago

Nice short hike with some great views at the end. Recommend walking in and paying the $1. Can be pretty warm in areas where the breeze is blocked, so make sure you have water with. I must have hit it at a light time, I really didnt have to deal with that many people on the way up or at the top.

hiking
27 days ago

Crowded, but pretty easy of a hike. Great views. You can drink out of a pineapple when your done. Easily accessible by the bus.

28 days ago

Very heavy traffic the entire time. Do it once to check the box.

28 days ago

Very crowded especially at the top but good for a big group with people at all different levels

hiking
1 month ago

Did it on sep 12, such a beautiful hike. It was super windy but view from the top was amazing. 5 Dollar only cash feee for car and 1$ if you are walking in. Make sure bring water and also wear proper gear. Short and beautiful view along the way.
Enjoy and happy hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

The pathway has very unique features to the point where it’s worth dealing with the large crowds.

1 month ago

Super touristy but a good hike if you can get around the people in flip flops and in hotel slippers trying to navigate the stairs and tunnel. $5 to park. Views are lovely!

1 month ago

Nice hike up to the top of Diamond Head. A little steep unless you’re in good shape. Great views of the coast and mountains. Million dollar photo opportunities! We could see some weather coming in, maybe the edges of the tropical storm. Crowded. Enjoy! Aloha!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike this morning. Very busy trail. Very popular trail. Best if done early in am unless the heat doesn’t bother you. I did it around 9:30 and it not to hot. Has a lot of steps and inclined so if going up stairs is hard for you, you may want to reconsider. The views are spectacular. The shore line of Honolulu is beautiful from the top!

hiking
1 month ago

Had read the reviews and was a bit wary about how many people were going to be there. I started my walk about 11:15am and was back down about 50-55mins later which included taking some photos at the top and on the way down - tried to just power up to the top as best I could. The trail was ok in terms of foot traffic so maybe I got a good day. Not the fittest person getting around so bit of a workout getting up the steep step section!

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