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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

EASY 1,005 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

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trail running

walking

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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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nice views, but very sun exposed and brown.

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5 days ago

Got here a little too late, so very very crowded. Wish we had gone before 8am.
Really nice 360 view at the top and good to see all different abilities taking on this walk

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5 days ago

5 stars within the scale effort of ‘easy.’ Because it was super easy, buthas pretty views along the way and at the top! It’s a very popular hike and the parking lot fills quickly so get there early, otherwise you can park along the road or at the bottom. I saw some people doing this hike in flip flops with small kids.

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8 days ago

Easy Trail!! If you don’t wanna do the steep stairs after the tunnel...go left and take the less steep stairs with the view!! Best to do this hike early to avoid the hot sun as there is very little shaded areas!! ☀️☂️

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9 days ago

Very easy hike, only draw back is the number of people. Bus loads. I went before 7 am and the parking lot was already almost full. Took me about 45 minutes total, with photo time along the way.

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