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Top 5 favorite Hawaii hiking trails

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Diamond Head Crater Summit Trail

(Honolulu, Oahu)

The hike to the summit of the Diamond Head State Monument attracts more than 1.3 million people annually and is one of the state’s most popular. 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 a violent and, likely, short-lived eruption about 200,000 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.

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