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 gates are locked at 6:00 pm daily and all visitors must be out of the park by this time. Your reward on the other end? IG: @pieandthesky. The moderate yet steep 1.5-mile round trip Summit Trail starts off as a paved path and climbs to the top of the rim; highlights for hikers include two sets of stairs, World War II bunkers and dark, underground tunnels. It’s a must-do if you’re from the mainland. Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290, This trail is exposed and there is no water on the trail, so make sure to bring sunscreen, a water bottle and a hat on especially sunny days. 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. While that seems like it should go without saying, the majority of the litter consists of water bottles or park receipts. If you’re visiting Oahu, Diamond Head is one of the places you should visit. There are refreshment stands and restrooms near the parking lot, where the trail begins. Couch potatoes, children and senior citizens alike can hike the moderate trail at Diamond Head. --- Nothing challenging, basically just a walk up a path that leads to the top then you turn around go back down. C'est un lieu apprécié pour ses levers de soleils et sa magnifique vue sur Waikiki. Last entrance is at 4:30pm; gates lock at 6pm In the 19th century, British sailors thought they'd found diamonds on the side of the crater; they were just priceless calcite crystals, but the name Diamond Head stuck. My claustrophobic mother did not like that. Look down on busy Waikiki and see people laying on the beach and playing in the water. This can be very busy! pretty sure this hike is closed, but if anyone is interested in going on other hikes with me let me know! The crater is also called "Le'ahi," which means "brow of the tuna" in Hawaiian. Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. There are way better hikes on Oahu. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Diamond Head Hike Panoramic views of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach. Beautiful view from the top. Diamond Head (Le'ahi) Summit Trail [CLOSED], Can’t get better views of Waikiki (unless you’re in a helicopter). Great views when you get up top though. Lots of stairs however, beautiful view!! Had to wait in line to park. Everyone will tell you, of course, that you've gotta expect a lot of people! The trail was built in 1908 as part of the Oahu coastal defense system. Mount Olympus Awaawaloa via Wa'ahila Ridge Trail, Wa'ahila Trail to Waiakeakua Falls Trail Loop, Manoa Cliff Trail to Manoa Falls [CLOSED], Manoa Cliff, Kalawahine, and Makiki Valley Loop. 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). Daily 6am-6pm Great view but very crowded with tourists, Closed. You can't have been on Oahu and not have hiked Diamond Head. Family friendly hike. 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. If you bring bottled water, please dispose of your bottles in a garbage can. Experience the best that Hawaii has to offer. To enjoy the majestic views, you’ll have to hike the Diamond Head (Le’ahi) Summit Trail which is about 1.6 miles roundtrip. It was the perfect time. // ]]>. Switchback trails lead to your first lookout (and break) before continuing on to 99 steps up to a dimly lit tunnel. You’ll also want to make sure that you get to the park with sufficient time to do the hike because there’s a cutoff when they allow people in (since they wouldn’t finish the hike before the park closing). 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. Easy trail. Diamond Head State Monument encompasses over 475 acres, including the interior and outer slopes of the crater. There are ADA (Americans with Disabilities) facilities at the base of the trailhead, but the climb is not accessible for visitors with physical disabilities. I would advise going as early as possible. Unfortunately, the Diamond Hike isn’t for everybody. Cool old military structures. You'll get a great workout on nature's step climber, but the summit isn't the only thing worth seeing. We really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it as a fun thing to do. Only Fort Ruger pathway at bottom of diamond head accessible. (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). Some sections of the trail are particularly steep, with steps, tunnels and crevices to navigate. 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. Did this as a sunrise hike for my birthday March 2019. 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. A concrete trail will lead you to a path, cut and blasted out of the steep rock walls. I didnt make it to the summit before the sun started rising, but I did stopped at a lookout point. hawaiistparksAugust 26, 2016Things to Do0 Comments, //