Diamond Head Hiking Trail

2 reviews #1 hike out of 4 in
1.7 mi
Distance
42 min
Time
terrain
444 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a easy out and back trail in Diamond Head State Monument.


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MaryAnne Pena 6 years, 9 months ago
Diamond Head Crater Hike
I went to Hawaii on vacation, and like every other tourist in Waikiki, I looked out my hotel window and saw this crater looming off in the distance. I researched and found a description of an interesting hike, so I thought I'd try it out. I walked from my hotel, it was less than a mile from the entrance. I heard it was better to hike in the early morning, so I was there at 6AM when they opened the gate to the tunnel leading into the crater. So were a whole bunch of tour buses and cars full of people. The initial hike in was a hot mess of hundreds of tourists scrambling for position, and the 80+ degree temperatures in addition to a whole lotta stairs made for a lot of gasping and sweating from all directions. After reaching the edge of the crater, the small area available for viewing was jam-packed with people jockeying for position, making it difficult to enjoy the view. But oh, what a view! Picture postcard pretty, I really enjoyed the view and there was no shortage of friendly people offering to take my picture with my phone.  If you want a nice hike just for the sake of hiking, this is not for you. If you want to see a gorgeous view and don't mind the crowd or the stairs, then go for it. Get your picture, post it on Facebook and move on. As for me, I'm glad I went. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. If I ever go back to Waikiki I probably won't go back, since I have these lovely pictures to enjoy instead. 
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MaryAnne Pena 6 years, 9 months ago
Diamond Head Crater Hike
I went to Hawaii on vacation, and like every other tourist in Waikiki, I looked out my hotel window and saw this crater looming off in the distance. I researched and found a description of an interesting hike, so I thought I'd try it out. I walked from my hotel, it was less than a mile from the entrance. I heard it was better to hike in the early morning, so I was there at 6AM when they opened the gate to the tunnel leading into the crater. So were a whole bunch of tour buses and cars full of people. The initial hike in was a hot mess of hundreds of tourists scrambling for position, and the 80+ degree temperatures in addition to a whole lotta stairs made for a lot of gasping and sweating from all directions. After reaching the edge of the crater, the small area available for viewing was jam-packed with people jockeying for position, making it difficult to enjoy the view. But oh, what a view! Picture postcard pretty, I really enjoyed the view and there was no shortage of friendly people offering to take my picture with my phone.  If you want a nice hike just for the sake of hiking, this is not for you. If you want to see a gorgeous view and don't mind the crowd or the stairs, then go for it. Get your picture, post it on Facebook and move on. As for me, I'm glad I went. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. If I ever go back to Waikiki I probably won't go back, since I have these lovely pictures to enjoy instead. 
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Kevin Johnson 7 years ago
Diamondhead
Great little hike with a fantastic view!  Our McBee High School Band did this hike during their visit to Hawaii.  If you are not in to Hiking just pace yourself and take your time.  The view will absolutely be worth it.
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