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.
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.
An absolute must if you are in Waikiki. Go early - right when it opens. You avoid the trolleys and cars of tourists. We choose to walk in from our hotel - it's so much easier. Remember your $1 bills for the $1 entrance fee.
Not difficult, but heavily trafficked. It's well worth it for the view alone, and you will get a moderate exercise.
Amazing hike for vacation. Only downside was the amount of people....and those stairs. lol.
This hike was super awesome and I loved the trail itself. There were a ton of people the day I went and the trail felt pretty over crowded which was upsetting. The views were worth it at the top
great views and easy hike....downside is soooo many tourists! Still a cool hike, recommend it to first time visitors.