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How to make Diamond Head Summit Trail a kid-friendly hike

Diamond Head Summit Hike in Waikiki
Diamond Head Summit Hike in Waikiki

It's a stunning hike with incredible views of our beautiful island at the top, but Diamond Head Summit Trail is not known for being particularly kid-friendly. However, it is possible to make this hike a fun family adventure if you prepare yourself in advance.

Diamond Head Summit Hike seems impossible to do with kids, but can be done with adventurous parents
Photo by Danielle Dodge

While the beginning of this 1.6 mile hike (round trip), may have a nice, paved pathway - do not be fooled because shortly into the path this changes into rocky, uneven terrain, making impossible to push a stroller up (and if that doesn't stop you from bringing one - the 90 steep steps toward the top should!).

Instead of a stroller, you will definitely need some sort of baby carrier for babies or toddlers. When doing this hike with my 10 month old, I carried him in an Ergo Baby carrier while my husband carried our two year old in a Sherpani backpack.  Shortly into the hike, I regretted my decision to carry our baby in the front carrier in the Ergo as I was extremely hot and had sore shoulders (and I usually find the Ergo extremely comfortable). While I think this type of carrier would be fine for a much younger, smaller baby, I would have preferred to have a more sturdy carrier like the Sherpani.

If you have an older child who wants to walk, bring plenty of water and plan to take some snack breaks at the many rest spots along the way. There are great views even if you don't make it all the way to the top (in case you decide going all the way to the top would be too much for your kid). If they do make it to the top, they sell a certificate that you can personalize with your child's name (total tourist trap - but a neat reward for a kid just the right age to think it's cool!).

It's also important to note that this hike offers very little shade so you will definitely want to bring plenty of sunscreen for you and your kids. Many backpack carriers come with sun shades, which would be great for this hike.

This historic landmark and hike is open from 6am to 6pm daily (last entrance to the hike is at 4:30). The hike's official site says the hike takes about 1.5 - 2 hours (and will most likely take longer with kids!). The entrance fee is $5 per car of $1 per person (if you walk in).

To read more about the history of Diamond Head, click here.

For more information: Please view my slideshow below - it includes many pictures of the Diamond Head Summit Hike.

Comments

  • Sara Broers (Austin, MN Teen Examiner) 4 years ago

    This looks like a great hike~ great tips for how to enjoy this with your kiddos! Nice article.