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

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 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.

2 hours ago

So many people. Not that great of a view. Might be the most overrated trail I’ve ever done. Try kokohead instead. Better view and fewer people.

hiking
3 hours ago

Very easy trail to maneuver. Great view of the sunrise! Just make sure you’re there close to opening time of 6 AM in order to get a good picture spot.

The stairs get backed up and if you’re at all bothered by crowded, tight spaces, I wouldn’t recommend it. However, view is pretty and it’s easy to get to if you’re looking for a hike in town.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful view but extremely crowded! Hit the farmers market afterwards.

hiking
2 days ago

There are a lot of mice at the top.

hiking
9 days ago

Great place with good views! Pretty crowded this yime of year though! Pretty easy walking. Cool historical sights.

13 days ago

Easy hike, no scrambles. Hardest part is that it's heavily trafficked and in the sun the whole way. Lots of steep stairs, I think over 300 in all. Nice view from the top of Honolulu and the Pacific.

hiking
14 days ago

Super easy (0.8 miles one way) - took us less than 25 mins to get to the top, and a similar amount of time to get back down.
Great views but super crowded trail where you have to hike single file. In fact your speed is probably going to be set by those ahead of you.
Take some water with you.

16 days ago

pretty timid but great views. date spot? sunset pics? elderly hikers?

hiking
17 days ago

Super easy trail. I spent 30 minutes reaching the summit and 40 minutes going down. The scenery is good but as I did Koko head trial in the morning, it eclipsed.

Kid-friendly, family-friendly

hiking
17 days ago

Very crowded but still a good view and workout up the steep stairs.

19 days ago

Always so crowded, but worth doing at least once and for the views!

hiking
19 days ago

Nice, easy hike to the top. Very crowded.

23 days ago

Great views but extremely hot/sunny. Not much shade. Once at the top, scenery is amazing...but remember, it's Hawaii. Not much is ugly!

hiking
27 days ago

Must-do while on Oahu. Amazing views of Waikiki and interesting history. Lots of people.

hiking
28 days ago

Very touristy but great views

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk and very nice view.

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