Ascent of Diamond Head on 1993-12-09

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, December 9, 1993
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Diamond Head
    Elevation:761 ft / 231 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was caught in a bad traffic jam on I-H1 going west to Diamond Head, which I thought I'd climb, even though it was getting close to 6 PM, when they closed the place.

I drove through the short tunnel into the crater floor, parked, and saw a sign in the state park parking lot indicating that it was a 45-minute hike to the top. It was 4:30, but I set off up the trail anyway, hiking up the gentle, paved path with handrails and tons of tourists at a fast clip. After a couple wide switchbacks up the hill, a long staircase, and a very dark tunnel into the heart of the hill, I arrived at the 761 foot summit of Diamond Head at 4:45. A 45 minute hike indeed!

I lounged out up top for a long time, admiring the awesome views of all Honolulu and out into the ocean. The skyscrapers of Waikiki, just below, were an especially interesting sight. There were a lot of people there, and several old bunkers and concrete forts I explored a bit--the tunnels used to get up there were part of these old works, too. I got a tourist to take my picture before leaving.

I easily hiked back to my car, drove the short way back to Waikiki around the crater's scenic south side with blinding sun in my eyes, bought $2 of gas to get my tank to the level it had been this morning, then cruised around and finally decided it was OK to park my car overnight in a big lot in Kapiolani Park, behind the Zoo, since it was late enough.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:521 ft / 158 m
    Route:Standard Tr
    Trailhead:Diamond Head Parking  240 ft / 73 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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