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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived around 8:15 in the morning on a weekday and had to wait in a line of cars to park because the lot was full, but the line moved quickly. I think they only let a few cars wait at a time, so arrive early if you have to drive. There’s also not a lot of shade on the trail so you’ll be glad to beat the heat a bit earlier in the morning. Lot is cash only and the fee to hike the trail is card only. There are bathrooms, vending machines, and a dole whip/fruit truck at the start of the trail that’s great for a post hike refreshment.

This is an easy to moderate hike depending on your fitness level. I would say if you’re not sure if you can handle it, give it a shot. There are several lookout spots along the way where you can get some great views and then turn around if you’re not feeling up to the rest. The trail is pretty narrow in some places and you’ll end up pretty close to people, so wear a mask if you’re cautious about covid. The views at the top are totally worth it!

Date of experience: August 2021
1  Thank radionerd915
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My 20 year old son and I walked this starting from our hotel, so around 40 minutes to the pay stations and the start of the actual trail.
The lady said it was around 45 minutes to the top, but he and I (pretty fit) got up, saw the views, took pictures, and were back down in under an hour. Lots of people going both ways, but folks were good about moving over to let quicker walkers past.
Only thing that sucks is the start: there are 3 pay machines ($5 a person) but they operate very slowly and the queues are brutal, and you’re in the hot sun, so be prepared.

Important tip: Nearing the top, you walk through a narrow tunnel. When you emerge, you can go right (up a seriously steep flight of 99 steps), or left which takes a more gentle route to the top. GO LEFT. Some people were in serious trouble taking the right option.

Date of experience: August 2021
1  Thank TruebritSingapore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worth the hike up. The view was amazing. Don’t count on finding a parking spot. Park near the college and walk up to the entrance or get an Uber to drop you off by the entrance .

Date of experience: August 2021
Thank Hazim F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Diamond Head State Monument is a must-do if you go to Oahu! This stop really is just a hike up to the top of Diamond Head where you get a beautiful 270 degree view of Oahu and the ocean, ranging from Waikiki to Diamond Head (which you are on) and then around to the eastern side of the island. It is a stunning view that is picture perfect! Diamond Head is only about 10 minutes from Waikiki. Parking is tough - we tried to get over to Diamond Head park around 8 am two days in a row, but the parking lot was always full. So on our third attempt, we tried in the afternoon and got lucky. The bad part is it's much hotter in the afternoon. One note: be ready to hike uphill! It takes about 45 minutes or so to get to the top. 90% of the hike is up a trail that is a mix of cement and/or hard packed dirt. At the very top, there are some stairs - maybe 50-60 stairs straight up. You end up having people behind you so it's tough to take a break on the stairs. But then you are at the top and the ocean breeze is a great way to cool down and the scene is unbelievable.

Date of experience: August 2021
1  Thank official-ericnash
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the second time I have done this hike. it is not easy (especially with the humidity and a mask), but you can go at your own pace. Both times it was very crowded but that does not diminish the spectacular view. If you want to make it a little easier, after the tunnel go left and skip the steep stairs and take the outside route to the top. Be sure to bring a bottle of water. The pineapple stand at the bottom makes the whole hike worthwhile.

Date of experience: August 2021
Thank lstahlsd
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