This crater of an extinct volcano got its name when Western explorers mistook calcite crystals they found there for diamonds. ... More
Diamond Head State Monument
This crater of an extinct volcano got its name when Western explorers mistook calcite crystals they found there for diamonds. The historic trail to the 761-foot summit starts inside the crater and is an easy, but steep, 45-minute hike to the top. Stay on the trail, wear appropriate footwear and sunscreen, take along water and bring a flashlight to light your way through the tunnels. Those who reach the summit are rewarded by a spectacular 360-degree view of O'ahu.
While visiting in June with my family, I needed something to keep the kids busy while my husband worked. I got the idea to take my 10, 8, and 5 year old to the Monument. How hard could it be? Well to our suprise the hardest thing about the climb to the top was the complaining of my kids asking "what are we going to do up there?" Once we finally got to the top, even they were amazed! The views were magnificent. Just a beautiful place to be taking in all of the beauty that the area offers! Definitly would do it again, this time though, without a pocket book and flip flops! Janice Schiebler
The hike is very easy if you're in any kind of shape. Because of that, tons of people do it and it doesn't take very long. If you're into hiking and less touristy type of things, I'd recommend going to a different island. It was worth the hike, but not as spectacular as I expected.
This hike is worth going on, as intimidating as the climb may seem. It's about a 1.4 mile walk up the inside crater of the volcano. The path starts out on cement, but then turns to dirt paths that curve along the edge of the volcano. A tunnel, a spiral staircase, a few steep steps further and then you finally reach the top to view one of the most spectacular views one could ever see. Beautiful views make this hike a worthwhile adventure. A must do in Oahu!
When we first got there, I didn't think we'd have to walk TOO far. Oh was I wrong! The hike is only about 2 miles at the most, but it seems a lot longer because you are going up steep sides of the volcano and there's a lot of stairs and a tunnel and all that jazz. If you are not in shape, have asthma, or any other problems, I wouldn't suggest this for you. Bring a LOT of water when you go because you WILL need it!
The hike to the top, while it can be challanging for some, is well worth it at the top. The view is SPECTACULAR, and the trek up is scenic as well. Once on top, you have a 360 degree view of the island. Beautiful ocean, mountain & city views. The hike down is easy. Bring water and comfy shoes to climb in.
This was one of the highlights of our trip. Be pepared to hike, though! A lot of people were walking up this trail with sandals or even high heels, and it is a trek.
The 99 stairs up take some exertion, so bring water.
It's a hot, dusty hike, but when you get to the top you'll be so glad you did. The view is fantastic, it will literally take your breath away.
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