Diamond Head is one of the most iconic places in all of Hawaii. Located at the eastern edge of Waikiki Beach, the volcanic tuff cone rises 762 feet above sea level, offering visitors a short but steep hike up a mostly concrete trail to a series of pillboxes at the top of the ridge. The 0.8 mile trail was built as part of Fort Ruger in 1908 and includes staircases, tunnels, and other interesting feats of engineering.
The site is now a State Monument and the cost to enter is $5 per car or $1 per person for walk-ins. The hike is open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with the last hiker allowed to begin at 4:30 p.m. The trail is typically crowded so its best to come early in the morning or on a weekday.
General Info & Disclaimer: Always hike at your own risk. Bring plenty of water as the weather on Oahu can change rapidly from cool and overcast to a virtual sauna. Hats, sunglasses, and environmentally safe sunscreen are always wise decisions, as is appropriate rain gear. Never hike alone and let others know of your plans. If you have any doubt about your ability to safely complete any hikes mentioned on this blog, DON'T DO THEM. Hiking is an inherently risky activity and Roots & Branches, LLC assumes no liability of any kind. Mahalo!