Friday, May 29, 2009

Diamond Head State Monument

Last weekend we finally had time to go on another hike. We actually did three different hikes over the Memorial Day weekend but I'm only posting this one because one of the other hikes was Koko Crater again and the third hike didn't produce any good pictures.

Diamond head is located right on the edge of Waikiki and although it is mostly considered a tourist attraction, my boyfriend and I still like to go there for exercise. And for only $10 for a yearly pass... you can't go wrong.

See the white square on the top of the mountain, that's the top of the trail!
Beginning of the rocky and dirty trail...

It's not too clear, but in this picture you can see the switchbacks in the trail.
Almost to the top but still have the dread steep 99 steps to go.

What is with all these "hikes" with stairs? And these stairs are tall and narrow so you really gotta watch your step. A lot of times you'll pass people clinging to the walls for dear life.

And after the 99 stairs you come to this spiral staircase that takes you up to the very top. It's really dark in here and the stairs are barely comfortable enough to fit two people.

Gorgeous day! The views at the top were totally worth it.

This is looking back into the crater. That's the parking lot. And the yearly pass my boyfriend and I have only allows us to walk into the park so our car is parked about half a mile away from the parking lot, outside of the crater.

View of Waikiki from the top of Diamond Head.

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