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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 1,041 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
521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

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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.

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1 day ago

easy and pleasant view

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4 days ago

11/10/17- There is a parking lot you can park in for $5 or pedestrians walk in for $1. We got out there around 9am and the parking lot was full and the attendant told us to "go away, come back later". She wasn't very pleasant. We drove back down the hill and parked at a local park with restrooms close by. Walked up the hill to the parking lot, walked through the tunnel, and to the park office for $1. You walk on sidewalk for a bit and then on well packed but uneven dirt all the way up. Lots of switchbacks, and then you go up a stair segment to the top. View was beautiful, but we have seen better on the island. It was also very touristy and crowded. We are athletic people and found it annoying to pass people on the way up and down. If you have a group of slower hikers or walkers, this would be a good hike. We completed it in 1:30, including walking around the top and taking many pictures. I won't do this one again bc I got bored and irritated.

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6 days ago

the view is nice but it is heavily trafficked. sucks that you have to pay to get in but it isn't expensive so it's ok

6 days ago

11/12/2017-Probably started around 0800-0815 and there was a 6+ car line waiting for stalls to open at the Diamond Head parking lot. Wasn’t too crowded on the way up and back but there were more busses on their way in by the time we finished around 0850. View was especially nice because of the rain the last couple of weeks so there was a lot more greenery to see.

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8 days ago

Great but crowded.

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8 days ago

A bit harder than easy. Wonderful trail work with switch backs making climb bearable. Amazing views of Oahu.

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12 days ago

super easy (15 to 20 mins to top) but amazing views. A great warm up hike to do early am.

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