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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 924 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.

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2 days ago

8/19/2017-Got a late start around 0730 and it was pretty crowded. The sun was beaming down so it was warmer than I liked. Ended up skipping out on the top and lookout on the side because people had formed a slow moving line to get to both. Very crowded at the KCC Farmers Market for some reason so the husband and I left without breakfast this time.

3 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

A couple big stair climbs but overall not bad. Amazing view from the top, must see.

6 days ago

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10 days ago

Get ready to hit the step master. Great workout. Make it early and beat the crowd.

10 days ago

Great view from the roof of the pill box

hiking
11 days ago

Too many tourist. Go on a weekday unless you want to wait in like like a line at Disney World. Decent view of Diamond head beach and waikiki but definitely not worth my $1. I best be off to see nicer views with less people for free.

hiking
11 days ago

12 days ago

Great fun. Great views. Often times with zero shade so pack that water!

walking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

A lot of tourists. Very short and easy hike, but beautiful view once you reach the top.

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

It's very easy to complete, and great views along the trail and at the summit. However, the reasons I can't give this trail more than 3 stars is
1) because it doesn't open until 0600 you can't start early to see the sunrise.
2) it is extremely crowded so you are on multiple occasions end up in someone's way and on multiple occasions someone will end up getting in your way.
3) I'm not a fan of having to pay to experience nature of any kind let alone $5 to get into the park and the only thing to do there is the hike.