Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 965 reviews

Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, 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
521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

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 volcano crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim. 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 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, with Waikiki not too far away.

hiking
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walking
5 hours ago

This hike was hot but very easy. Unfortunately it was very over crowded. The views from the top were very beautiful but honestly there are much better options for hiking on Oahu, even for beginners. The fresh cut pineapple we bought at the end was a highlight.

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4 days ago

Awesome view of Honolulu! Definitely worth the effort and time.

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9 days ago

Cash only for parking and entrance. 5 for car. 1 for foot. Very very crowded!!

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10 days ago

Amazing views from the top. Combined with the fact it's a volcano, AND a military bunker, it's a unique walk.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful views. My first hike on the island. It was hot and I got burnt, but it was 100% worth it.

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hiking
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