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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 750 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.

11 minutes ago

hiking
1 day ago

Lots of people around today because of the long weekend so the husband and I got a little more sunshine than usual. View from the top was nice as always. Visited the KCC Farmers Market afterwards for some breakfast which was refreshing!

hiking
1 day ago

Great views. 500+ feet up. 30-45 minutes one way. Crowded. Quite easy.

1 day ago

great view from the top

1 day ago

walking
2 days ago

Carry a bottle of water, it was hot.

2 days ago

Very good views of the most populated island. Very busy hike.

3 days ago

Gorgeous hike! Would do it again! Was able to work up a sweat too!

4 days ago

Fairly easy trail for my five year old twins & me. Make sure to get there early to avoid the bus loads of tourists. We've given up on parking lot & started just parking at the base of the hill by the church where there's a public bathroom & just walking up through the tunnel. No fuss, no muss and we just an extra mile walking.

The trail is paved initially, but turns into dirt. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes if it has been raining, it can be muddy & slippery. If you arrive after 10 o'clock on a sunny day, expect the sun to be scorching so have a good water source. The bonus is that usually there is shaved ice at the bottom of the trail! The boys LOVE that!

The views are amazing! If you're ready to get your heart pumping, you can take the steep set of stairs after the tunnel to the right to another winding set of stairs & come out to a stunning view of the bay. Otherwise, there's another path to the left once out of the tunnel with a good view. All-in-all, this is a nice hike! Enjoy yourselves and make sure to pack your trash!!!

5 days ago

walking
6 days ago

Go early. Nice hike, beautiful views. Stairs are steep, I just kept my head down!! Walk is not paved but not too "rough". All ages on the trail.

hiking
6 days ago

Easy trail, but very crowded! Watch out for unimproved parts of the trail, and the trail narrows in places so be careful. If you want to avoid the crowds, go early. We were on the trail at 7am and it was starting to get crowded. View at the top is fantastic!

8 days ago

Beautiful view from the lookouts! Trail is paved for about half and also includes 2 sets of stairs and a tunnel.

9 days ago

Beautiful views. Crowded

10 days ago

10 days ago

10 days ago

The hike itself is easy because it's paved. You can go off the trail and get a really great view at the top! We went later in the day, around 3pm and it was less crowded.

hiking
12 days ago