Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 799 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.

1 day ago

Quick and easy with good views

hiking
1 day ago

Great beginner hike with awesome views

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4 days ago

This trail was alot of fun but over crowded by tour buses. We did run the trail back down which was alot of fun. I would recommend going on a weekday and going early.

hiking
5 days ago

Packed with people but worth it. Parking was simple if you have patience to wait 20 min and pay $5. Fresh coconut at the end was perfect end to the hike!

7 days ago

Easy. Mostly paved. Good views. Historically very interesting because it is in an old military complex. Parking was very limited, and there is an admission fee. Depending on where you park you could add 10 or 20 minutes to the hike. The hike was nice but the narrow trail gets congested so don't plan to go any faster than the groups in front of you.

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12 days ago

Done with kids.

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12 days ago

nice climb and spectacular views