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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 1,135 reviews

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.

3 hours ago

Go early for sunrise to avoid some of the crowds, beautiful view of the sunrise, and avoid some of the heat. Good trail conditions

hiking
2 days ago

good trail, but very crowded

hiking
4 days ago

Many, many tourists. Parking lot is small and fills quickly. Between the trail being closed for maintenance and the full parking lot, we had to return three separate times to actually do this hike. View from top is spectacular but very crowded.

hiking
4 days ago

From bus stop it takes like 8-15 minutes to get to walk to. Costs $1 to hike. Stops allowing hikers in after 4 or 430pm.

At bottom of mountain to the top it took me 23-25 minutes. I'm not in the best shape. I'm 5'7 and 170lbs at 31 years old.

It's a quick hike. Pretty easy. Maybe 2 steep sections of stairs. There's cool tunnels you walk through as well as a old bunker and spiral stair case. The view at the top is obviously amazing. It's Hawaii! This is a touristy hike. Very popular.

6 days 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
6 days 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
9 days ago

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

hiking
9 days ago

There are a lot of mice at the top.

hiking
16 days ago

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

19 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
20 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.

22 days ago

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

hiking
23 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
24 days ago

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

25 days ago

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

hiking
25 days ago

Nice, easy hike to the top. Very crowded.

29 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Very touristy but great views

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