on August 13, 2007
One morning, we decided to take the 45 minute (each way) hike up to the top of Diamond Head Crater. We parked the car for $5 at the entrance on Diamond Head Road and started to walk. The early part of the walk is a winding dirt path up the side of the mountain. The walk is not that steep but your are going in a constant incline so you may want to stop a few times on the way up. There are two steep staircases towards the top as well as some narrow corridors through the rock itself but the view at the top is completely worth it. You can see all of Honolulu and Waikiki Beach on one side and Koko Crater, which is 9 miles away.Our guidebook said you gain about 600 feet over 1 mile and the crater is about 761 feet tall. We saw people of all ages there. Get there early to avoid the heat; we got there are around 9am and there were lots of people there already, and bring plenty of water, a hat and hiking shoes. The path is not smooth and some of the people hiking in flip flops were having some difficulty. It was well worth the morning we spent.
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