Hiking an Extinct Volcano

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Eureka...we finished the hike!
My red-eye flight wasn't until 10 pm tonight, so I still had plenty of time for galavanting around Oahu.  I have been to Hawaii many times before and I had not hiked up to the 760-foot summit of Diamond Head crater.  Well this afternoon was my chance to knock it off of my Hawaii to-do list.  Joining Mar and I on our trek up were Mar's bff Lynn, Lynn's husband and daughter as well as Lynn's cousin and fiancee. 

We all met up in the parking lot and set off for the top.  Most of the 1.4 mile trail is paved with several switchbacks.  However, there are hand-rails and benches to assist the weary hiker.  Near the summit, the trail took us through a tunnel.  Some advise to bring flashlights on the hike as the tunnels are not lit.
Me and the Waikiki skyline
  After this tunnel, we climbed a 173 step stairway to the mouth of a second dark tunnel.  Following that was a circular staircase that led us into the coastal artillery observation platform were we had to sort of duck as we climbed up a short ladder onto a dirt trail.  Several wooden staircases led us up to the very top were the reward was a 360 degree view of the southside of Oahu. 
We all marveled at the various views...Honolulu, Waikiki, Maunalua Bay, Diamond Head Lighthouse, and of course the beautiful southern Oahu coastline.  After chillin' at the summit for a bit, enjoying the cool ocean breezes and of course taking many pictures, we headed back down the trail.  Wow...I couldn't believe it took me this long to do this hike!


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Eureka...we finished the hike!
Eureka...we finished the hike!
Me and the Waikiki skyline
Me and the Waikiki skyline
Our trek to the summit begins...
Our trek to the summit begins...
View from one of the switchbacks a…
View from one of the switchbacks …
Movin on up!
Movin' on up!
Tunnel entrance # 1
Tunnel entrance # 1
Views of mountains in the distance
Views of mountains in the distance
Diamond Head Lighthouse and souths…
Diamond Head Lighthouse and south…
Me and the view west of Diamond He…
Me and the view west of Diamond H…
Maunalua Bay and Koko Head in the …
Maunalua Bay and Koko Head in the…
Honolulu and Waikiki behind me
Honolulu and Waikiki behind me
Me and Mar
Me and Mar
Lynn & her husband
Lynn & her husband
Diamond Head Lighthouse and the so…
Diamond Head Lighthouse and the s…
BFF
BFF
Lynn & her husband
Lynn & her husband
Maunalua Bay and Koko Head way in …
Maunalua Bay and Koko Head way in…
Me trying to imitate the standing …
Me trying to imitate the standing…
Honolulu
Honolulu
Diamond Head Lighthouse
Diamond Head Lighthouse
Me and Lynns daughter
Me and Lynn's daughter
The southern Oahu coastline
The southern Oahu coastline
Of course we had to do a circle sh…
Of course we had to do a circle s…
On our way back
On our way back
The artillery observation platform
The artillery observation platform
Duck and squeeze!
Duck and squeeze!
Down into the bowels of Diamond He…
Down into the bowels of Diamond H…
Is this stairway still stable?
Is this stairway still stable?
Im getting dizzy!
I'm getting dizzy!
More stairs
More stairs
View from atop the stairway
View from atop the stairway
Wait for me....
Wait for me....
Hoping not to trip!
Hoping not to trip!
The tunnel out
The tunnel out
View from the mouth of the first t…
View from the mouth of the first …
Looking out into the distance
Looking out into the distance
Mar and her friends
Mar and her friends
Me and the lighthouse
Me and the lighthouse
Diamond Head
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