Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

MODERATE 1,403 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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trail running

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views

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.

15 seconds ago

Beautiful views at the top and a pretty easy workout but it was so crowded the whole way, we didn’t really get the chance to enjoy the nature. I would recommend spending time on a hike less congested with tourists.

2 hours ago

Being new to Oahu (from the Big Island) Diamond Head was a must hike. It’s hot and crowded so plan to have water and expect crowds. We couldn’t break from a pack on our way up or down. Shade is hard to come by so wear sunscreen and a hat. The stairs at end left my legs burning but the view at the top was worth it. Tons of tourists and we had to wait a bit to get a picture at the top that didn’t have strangers heads in it, lol. I vote yes if you haven’t already done it! I’ll plan for a non-peak time our next time up.

Well taken care of but a lot of tourists. Good for morning cardio though!

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5 days ago

lots of people here but didnt take away from fun hike. great views at top. rough staircase climb at end!

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6 days ago

Did this hike before the alternate route to the top, before the lighted tunnel, less crowded, and free parking (4 1/2 Stars). Hike at least 3x a year, last was about 2 months ago just for the outstanding views.

6 days ago

Great views! Walk from downtown Honolulu to the top of Diamond Head. round trip about 15 miles.

7 days ago

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8 days ago

Get there early or too many tourists. Hot bring lots of water and sunscreen

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16 days ago

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18 days ago

Super touristy. Try to get there very early in the morning to catch the sun rise. Great views in all directions.

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21 days ago

According to alltrails logged recordings, the number one most recorded is Koko Crater stairs at 992.
2. Diamond ‘Leahi’ Head- 880
3. Manoa Falls- 762
4. Kuli’ou’ou Ridge State Trail- 582
5. Aiea Loop State Trail- 565
6. Lulumahu Falls - 560
7. Makapu’u Point Lighthouse- 550
8. Maunawili Falls - 502
9. Kaiwa Pillbox - 500
10. Waimano Falls- 405

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful views & definitely worth the hike to the top! Start as close to 6am as possible, as the trail gets hot around 8am. Lots of places to stop to take a break as you climb, lots of shade too. Definitely recommend taking a trip out here!

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22 days ago

Nice views on this trail. Lots of people and steps so it’s a bit slow at times. The crater is cool too. Actually where the Iraq scenes from LOST were shot. Recommend earlier in the day because of the lack of shade on the trail.

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25 days ago

Awesome trail, but it is heavily trafficked and you often end up behind slow people.

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25 days ago

Beautiful views at along the route and at the top. We went around 10 and it was fairly crowded, so be prepared to pace yourself with the crowds. Take along water and some sturdy shoes. We road bicycles to the visitor center before the hike; there is a nice place to lock them.

hiking
29 days ago

I wouldn't call this a hike, it's more of a nature walk with stairs. It's very slow going because of all the people as well. While the views at the top are beautiful, its crowded.

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29 days ago

I expected it to be much harder given the number of steps there, but it was a very easy hike and the view was magical! Literally as we were walking out I told my friend that I wanted to hike up again right now. 10/10.

Important piece of advice, though, go there super early, the place gets packed starting around 9. So if you plan on taking your time and taking pictures be there as soon as they open, which I think is around 7.

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1 month ago

Lovely view. Overly populated. Still worth the trip for $1 entry.

hiking
1 month ago

This is by far my most favorite hike on Oahu. It’s challenging and beautiful. It’s one of the highest points on the island that you’re u are able to climb. Best time to go is after 1 pm. It’s less crowded. Parking is $3 per car in the lot but if you choose to park outside the park it’s $1 per person. There is no shade so bring a hat, sunscreen, and lots of water. You’ll need it.

hiking
1 month ago

The views along/at the top of this hike are amazing, it's well worth the short and steep hike up. I would highly recommend going early in the morning however because it was extremely crowded. We got there around 0930 and it was packed, the trail is narrow at some points and some slower people/people stopping to take pictures created bottle necks.
Overall it was a fun hike with beautiful views and a landmark on Oahu. Definitely worth doing once, just be sure to go early if you like going at your own pace.

1 month ago

We hiked this trail at 6am. It was not too packed and the weather was perfect! The scenes are worth every step you take. Absolutely breathtaking.

1 month ago

Too busy & really easy. But, nice views at the top.

Too busy and its not a hike as some people would say. great view from the top.. when you get a chance to see it as it is so busy.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was enjoyable visually and rewarding at the summit. I enjoyed the surprises around each bend and the different vantage points.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail with a step rise but the views are rewarding. definitely can reach the summit film the trail head in about 30 minutes for experienced hikers.

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1 month ago

Three stars only because of the volume of people on the trail. Busloads of tourists from Waikiki get dropped off there, at times it can be like waiting in line at the grocery store. But it's so close to the city, I couldn't pass it up. I was at a hotel at the east end of Waikiki and just walked the 2.5 miles to the park. Admission is $1 for walk-ins or $5 per car. A great view from the top and it was neat to climb the stairs and walk through the tunnel. Do it just to say that you were there. I did this hike twice, once in the early morning on a Friday just after it opened and once on a Monday when I got there right at 4:30 when they were about to close the gate. It was more crowded on the morning hike

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike, too crowded.

1 month ago

We have done several hikes in Honolulu area and this one was by far the busiest... Like so busy, you are shoulder to shoulder with people the whole way...the heat from all those bodies on top of the hot hawaiian weather was just awful.. The views were nice but so crowded you had to wait in line basically to see... Fairly easy hike otherwise, not too steep with the switch backs. Just was difficult to enjoy with all the people.. I recommend checking out koko crater rim! Nobody there and amazing views. Also pill boxes.

hiking
1 month ago

Great view and incredible vertical . Too many people during mid-day so try it early in morning .

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1 month ago

Lots of people. Actual hike is pretty easy. Great view at the top.

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