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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 856 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

Good funny little bit high~

Very cool hike! A lot of stairs and a wild view !

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2 days ago

Great hike with lots of rest points. Spectacular view with well maintained areas.

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3 days ago

3 days ago

Can be hot and very crowded at times, but definitely does give a few good camera shot areas for shooting pictures at Waikiki beach.

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3 days ago

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5 days ago

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6 days ago

The hike isn't difficult and the views are great. I recommend this to anyone not experienced in off the path trails.

6 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

This hike was great but when it says "easy" but advised it is not a slow steady incline type of hike like other "easy" ones. I am fit and believe this hike is similar to ones rated "moderate" for sure. The incline can be steep at points and when there isn't a breeze in spots, it gets hot. There is very steep staircase that surprises a lot of people based on "easy" rating. Interesting hike the whole way, beautiful view at the end, and leaves you feeling accomplished. Definitely do it!

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6 days ago

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7 days ago

Tons of tourists of all ages/shapes/sizes/experience. I went for a run from my hotel to here and back- ended up about 8 miles round trip at 5:30am. The park itself opens at 6 and is $1 per person if you walk in, like I did. I would definitely recommend finding parking outside of the tiny lot at the base of this actual 'hike' and walk up another mile or so to get to the fee area, parking is super limited, especially in the late morning/early afternoon. Tons of people means slow walking and lots of stopping to wait for the lag-even in the early morning, but good hike overall. Worth the hype if you're looking for something more than just a walk on the beach. Also a really dynamic hike up the mountain with a cool set of stairs, tunnels (watch out if you're over 6' like me!), and a great lookout.

hiking
8 days ago

This is an easy hike, great view at the top. hand rails and some areas paved. a lot of people and we were there when the military was doing training in the crater. go early morning to watch the sunrise.

8 days ago

9 days ago

Good views from the top, try to be there early