Diamond Head Crater State Park

The hike to the summit Diamond Head crater from the trailhead is just under 1 mile (0.8 / 1.3 km) with an ascent of 560 ft or 171 m.

Although a large portion of the trail is paved the upper sections have steep staircases, tunnels and winding dirt paths. An entire round trip usually takes the average hiker just under 2 hours.

Diamond Head Crater State Park

Diamond Head History

The existing trail to the summit of Diamond Head was built by the military in th early 1900's for coastal artillery defenses. Many strategic batteries were constructed along with a fire control station used to direct artillery. Although Oahu was throughly prepared for an attack no artillery was ever fired from that location.

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