Saturday, June 4, 2011

A countdown to Hawaii: 6 days

Diamond Head Hike

Diamond Head is an extinct volcanic crater located in Honolulu, Hawaii on the d island of Oahu.  It is located a short distance from Waikiki.  A hike up the crater provides good exercise and spectacular 360-degree views of the island.

Remember to bring your map!!

While the park service suggest you allow 1 ½ to 2 hours for a leisurely hike; the hike itself, round trip, takes less than 55 minutes.  This includes time for pictures.  Depending on the circumstance, you could even do it in less than half an hour.  Allotting more time might be a good idea though; just in case.

Plan to arrive as early in the day as possible.  It can get crowded and hot!
It is recommended sneakers (tennis shoes) or hiking boots, a lightweight windbreaker (wrap it around your waist in case it is needed), a hat, and a bottle of water (freeze it the night before if you can, it will be ready to drink at the top).

The cost is $5 per carload and $1 a person if you walk.  You can take the bus to Diamond Head for $2.50 per person each way but you’ll have to hike into the crater, pay your $1 fee, and walk through the small parking lot before you begin the actual trail hike.

The trail is 1.6 miles round trip and climbs 560 feet from the crater floor to an elevation of 761 feet.
After ten minutes of dirt and rock, the trail brings you to your first lookout area.  You’ll have a good look at the eastern side of the island.  The sun rises from side!  Now for the first set of stairs. 74 stairs later, you’ll go through a tunnel, 225 feet.
Next are 99 steps…and the second lookout. Then, a three story spiral staircase…the fire control lookout.  Just 54 more steps and you’ll be at the Diamond Head look out!  Of course, at your leisure, you can start making your way back down.

I’ve never been a hiker, but I can always appreciate the views!! 

It’s always been well worth the trip!!

This information was taken directly from Lava 
Thanks so much for your insite.

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