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Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail

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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

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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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Good hike, not too long. Lookout points could be a bit bigger. Also nice clean bathrooms as per the wife.

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4 days ago

Great views !

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8 days ago

Fairly easy to moderate hike. Very busy. Lots of tourists.

8 days ago

Hello! I do hikes and photos out here on the island. Feel free to check out my Instagram Mike.Karas and shoot me a message if you have any questions/are interested in hiking. You can email me as well at mikekarasphotography@gmail.com.

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9 days ago

Short hike with a great view. Enough to get your heart beating on the climb up but not wear you out for the day.

hiking
11 days ago

Iconic hike on Oahu! Great hike up to the crater and the views are awesome! Great little history of the area and I loved the views of Waikiki!

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12 days ago

Tons of tourists today so the walkways were relatively crowded. There were also a handful of runners to keep an eye out for but it was pretty easy going. The lookout at the top was super crowded, but the view was still nice!

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14 days ago

This is a great hike. We seen people of all ages and all fitness levels. This trail offers it all smooth path, rocky path, tunnels and stairs. There's a guy at the top selling a completion certificate and said they usually have 2 rescues a week.

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