Diamond Head Crater Hike
Enjoy panoramic views of the Waikiki shoreline on the Diamond Head Crater Hike. Follow the rugged trail up to the top of an extinct volcano.
The Diamond Head Summit Trail or Diamond Head Crater Hike is a short trail in Diamond Head State Monument.
From the parking lot on the crater floor, the trail to the summit is 0.8 mile (1.3 km) one way and climbs 560 feet (171 m) in elevation.
There is a paved concrete walkway for a distance of 0.2 miles at the start of the hike. After this, the the trail becomes uneven and steep, requiring caution and appropriate footwear.
There are steep stairways on the trail and one section of the trail goes through a long, narrow tunnel (which is lighted).
The trail length is 1.6 miles (round trip). Estimated time to complete the trail is 2 hours.
The walk is classed as “moderate” in difficulty. There are some very steep sections.
The Diamond Head Crater Hike was built in 1908 as part of Oʻahu’s coastal defense system. At the summit of Leʻahi (Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater), you’ll find bunkers on the crater rim and a navigational lighthouse built in 1917 along the coast outside the crater. You may catch a glimpse of passing humpback whales.
The trailhead is adjacent to the parking lot within Diamond Head State Monument. The entrance is off Diamond Head Road between Makapu’u Avenue and 18th Avenue, Honolulu. Fees apply for parking.
Due to the popularity of the Diamond Head hike, bookings are required. Book here.
Stay on the trail
Restrooms available in carpark
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