Top 5 favorite hiking trails in the Islands: HAWAII Magazine Facebook poll resultsby: Maureen O'Connell
posted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Diamond Head Crater Trail, Oahu
Diamond Head State Monument offers Hawaii’s most popular hike, attracting more than 1.3 million people every year. While hardcore hikers may wonder whether the 1.6-mile roundtrip trail is a bit too easy-going to qualify as a hiker’s hike, we figure that the quick 560-foot incline, which includes two sets of steep stairs, serves as very efficient workout. If you cannot feel your heart pumping a bit by the time you reach the 225-foot unlit tunnel near the top of the trail, pick up the pace or consider making the roundtrip twice. The path winding inside the extinct crater — a remnant of an explosion more than 500,000 years ago — ends at the summit. On a clear day you can see Oahu’s entire south shore from Koko Head Crater and Waikiki to the Waianae Mountains.
Click on the links below for the Top 5 results from previous HAWAII Magazine Facebook Ohana poll questions.
• Top 5 favorite places to watch a Hawaii sunset
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii scenic lookouts
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii valleys
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii waterfalls
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii-filmed TV series ever
• Top 5 favorite natural wonders of Hawaii
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii plate lunch foods
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii small towns
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii-filmed movies
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii snacks
• Top 5 favorite Hawaii beaches
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Photos: Maria La Grasler — Pipiwai Trail, Maui; Eric Chan/Wikimedia Commons — The Seven Pools of O'heo, Maui; Catherine E. Toth — Mariner's Ridge, Oahu; Matt Wright/Wikimedia Commons — Kalalau Trail, Kauai; Mitchell Isoda — Kilauea Iki, Big Island; Wikimedia Commons — Diamond Head Crater, Oahu
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