Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Kaimuki, Hawaii that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.6 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.

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9 days ago

Interesting trail. You end up hiking through some interesting old military facilities. It’s pretty crowded and it’s a short hike.

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13 days ago

Easy walk and very nice view.

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14 days ago

Good view, easy hike

15 days ago

Came on a Tuesday day and the trail is completely closed Monday-Thursday. We thought we were avoiding the crowds by coming during the weekday and now completely missed our chance to do the hike. Why would such a popular attraction be closed for 4 days out of the week?

15 days ago

Easy hike. Went with my toddler and we didn’t need to stop at all. Tons of people. This one gets really hot so bring lots of water and watch your kids so they don’t overheat, especially in the baby carriers. The view is great. It’s an easy workout though. We’ve done it twice.

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