It offers a unique experience as you walk through a 300,000 crater and see beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the lush valleys that line Oahu from above it all. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. There’s also trucks at the bottom that sell pineapple dole whip! Directions from Honolulu: Diamond Head State Monument is located immediately east of Honolulu along Diamond Head Road. It was very crowded as people had the same idea. Très facile, vaut la peine pour le côté historique, prend pas plus de deux heures. I will do this one again. Daily 6am-6pm Although none were found, the name stuck. Unfortunately, the Diamond Hike isn’t for everybody. --- It got the name Diamond Head almost 200 years ago when British sailors believed there were diamonds in the side of the crater. The switch back trail offers a pretty easy path up the mountain. Wife and I did this hike on our honeymoon in Feb. 2016. Take a rest at the summit, with 360-degree views of emerald green mountains and sparkling aquamarine waters. Please don’t take your kids here it’s not fun for them. IG: @pieandthesky. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); If you were to hike straight up, and then down the trail, you might be able to do it in about 30 minutes each way (with the time to the summit longer due to the steep incline). The only water source and bathroom are at the start of the trail, so ensure that you’re ready to go before starting the Diamond Head hike. For additional details on the park, please see Diamond Head State Monument. Travelers seeking adventure and looking to add something more active to their travels will enjoy the picturesque walk to the summit of the crater along the 1.6-mile trail. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); While fairly steep, this easy hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcanic crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim where panoramic views await. Suitable for all ages and almost all fitness levels. Great view from the top. Finally you can relax; you have reached the top. 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). We try to do this hike often and record our fastest time, but you can’t get an accurate one when there are a lot more people on the trail. If you’re visiting Oahu, Diamond Head is one of the places you should visit. Pay to park or enter on foot. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out. A hike up the crater provides good exercise and spectacular 360-degree views of the island. One of my favorite trail while vacationing @ Oahu Hawaii. I read that it was crowded so I went at like5:30 am and watched the sun come up, I also beat the crowds. Lots of stairs if you're not sure-footed. Beautiful trail, loved the sight at the top. Just go at your own pace and remember that slow and steady always wins the race. Just beyond the urban appeal of Honolulu, with its cosmopolitan chic and luxury, sits majestic Diamond Head, the most famous volcanic crater in the whole world. Hike all the way back down to the Pacific Ocean and check out Diamond Head Beach Park. While that seems like it should go without saying, the majority of the litter consists of water bottles or park receipts. All Hawaii State Parks have been closed due to COVID19. Also, while there’s a trail it’s uneven due to the ground which means that sturdy shoes should be worn – preferably tennis or hiking shoes. After climbing more than 200 feet through the tunnel you will arrive at the other side, looking straight up at the second set of stairs. Diamond Head Hike Panoramic views of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. Look down on busy Waikiki and see people laying on the beach and playing in the water. Or you can drive into the park for a $5 parking fee. A concrete trail will lead you to a path, cut and blasted out of the steep rock walls. If you're into hiking and don't have a ton of time on Oahu, this place is indeed a classic but crowded with tourists and not really worth how long it takes to navigate around everybody. Did this as a sunrise hike for my birthday March 2019. Cool old military structures. The Diamond Head hike is considered ‘easy’ by hiking standards, with some preferring to call it a walk rather than a hike or trek. On a clear day you will see what seems like forever. After climbing the 74 steps you will arrive at the first tunnel. Experience the best that Hawaii has to offer. Only Fort Ruger pathway at bottom of diamond head accessible. It’s a good intro to Honolulu. A pretty easy but very enjoyable hike. Hiking Map The map below has been modified slightly from the map provided by the Park Service. Very soon after the lookout you will reach the first set of stairs. Now that I’ve started hiking at home, I would probably pick some other hikes around O’ahu to do instead, but I’ll always recommend this one. To enjoy the majestic views, you’ll have to hike the Diamond Head (Le’ahi) Summit Trail which is about 1.6 miles roundtrip. While many already do this, it will still mean encountering less people than the rest of the day. Easy trail. After about five minutes you will reach the end of the paved path and the beginning of the dirt trail. Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail [CLOSED], https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/dsp/parks/oahu/diamond-head-state-monument/. The second set of 99 stairs is a bit tougher than the first, but there is a rest area and a lookout spot near the bottom if you want to catch your breath before proceeding. The views are breathtaking but difficult to see if it is busy. Due to the elevation and the fact that you’re hiking through a crater there are certain things to be aware of. Read our recommended things to do in Hawaii. There are garbage cans near the start and end of the Diamond Head Summit Trail (with much of the littering occurring between these two places). Book Direct for the Lowest Rates, Every Time, no Hassels! Great view but very crowded with tourists, Closed. Admission The crater is also called "Le'ahi," which means "brow of the tuna" in Hawaiian. Hike Diamond Head Diamond Head Diamond Head is an extinct volcanic crater located in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. IG: sayrachel, Afternoon is the best time to hike to avoid crowd and catch rainbows, This trail is very tiring but has some of the best views I’ve ever seen, Turn off your ad blocker to see a map of this trail. For more information on the fees, hours and parking, please visit our Diamond Head State Monument page to learn more before your Diamond Head hike. Great views. Had to wait in line to park. --- Family friendly hike. Couch potatoes, children and senior citizens alike can hike the moderate trail at Diamond Head. Arrive as early as possible as by 9am, everyone else in O’ahu seems to have the same idea; Don’t stress out when an uber-fit local runs past you up the stairs. There is no shade and you’re going uphill for most of the hike, a lot of the trail is narrow and you are constantly dodging people with their huge families and crying babies. You can't have been on Oahu and not have hiked Diamond Head. Definitely was way harder than expected at the time. While fairly steep, this easy hike starts from the middle of the Diamond Head volcanic crater and climbs about 500 feet up the side to the top of the rim where panoramic views await. There are two places to park. 1775 Ala Moana Boulevard Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, Worldwide Reservations: +1.808.450.3396 | US/Canada Toll-Free Reservations: +1.855.599.9604. The Diamond Head hike is less than a mile each way (you go back and forth on the same trail) and could be considered a moderate hike because while it’s short, there’s elevation involved. Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate.