MAPLE LEOPARD: 3 Tips for Hiking Diamond Head

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

3 Tips for Hiking Diamond Head




Good Morning lovely people!  I hope everyone had a super fun July 4th weekend!  I am still basking in the memories of our amazing Hawaiian vacation, and have a few more posts to share from my time there.

Prior to this trip, I've visited Oahu 3 times. I've experienced most of the touristy type things there, except the Diamond Head hike. On Father's day morning we decided to go for it!. My daughter, her friend and I, made it to the top in about 90 minutes.  Now I have proved I'm not as prissy as some might think, ha!  Well I have to admit the hot sweaty part I did NOT enjoy, but it was worth it to see the stupendous view! I have to say it is the most breath taking sight I have ever seen!




If you decide to hike Diamond Head on your visit to Oahu, I have a few tips for you!

1) Start your hike early in the morning. We started at 10:30, it was too late of a start. It was already extremely hot by then.

2) Do not use spray sun screen!  I always use lotion, and decided to change it up this time. Big mistake! I never burn, and this time I burned badly on my legs.  There is some breeze on the climb, which probably caused the spray screen to coat the air instead of me! 

3) Pace yourself. I started up too fast, and then when the steepest part of the climb came...uh oh killer on the breathing apparatus!








On the way back down




 Some Fun Facts About Diamond Head

1) There is no lava in the volcano crater. Diamond Head has been inactive for over 150, 000 years.

2) The crater's name came about when British Seaman saw sunlight reflecting off its calcite crystals. They thought they sparkled like diamonds.

3) In Hawaiian, the name is Le'ahi which translates into English as "the brow of a tuna fish". From a distance, the crater looks like the back and fin of a fish.

4) The mount stands 760 feet above sea level, and about 560 feet above the crater floor
 of the Pacific Ocean.  On a very clear day you may see the nearby island of Molokai.

More Hawaii coming soon, have a great week!



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20 comments:

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    1. Thank you so much! I loved it up there. I just wish my pictures weren't formatting blurry. My blog was just redesigned, so now I have to figure out how to resize them. :/

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  2. These photos are stunning.Great tips!

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    1. Thank you! The photos would be better with no blur, working on that! Thanks for stopping by again!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, it is so breath taking!

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  4. My husband is from Oahu and that's one of our favorite hikes! Gorgeous photos.

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    1. Hi Kayla, wow lucky him! That means you probably can go anytime and stay with family. :) Thank you for stopping by and your kind comment!

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  5. I love hiking Diamond Head! I've done it three times and I totally agree, it's best to get an early start! We like to pack in a breakfast we can eat at the top, like fruit and muffins. :)

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    1. Oh wow Justine..that is a great idea! It was my first....I have hiked the Hollywood sign as well, and this was harder! Thanks for visiting!

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  6. Oh how beautiful! I have been to Maui and Kauai, but never Oahu! The views from the hike are stunning!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Natalie..missed this comment way back..so sorry! thanks for visiting!

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  7. So beautiful place...from your photos it seems really amazing!!! Have a nice day, kisses,
    Eni

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    1. thank you Eni..sorry I Missed this all those months back! That's what I don't like about blogger..no notifications!

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  8. Ooooh Hawaii. Now there's somewhere I'm desperate to visit. It's just so far from the UK! That hike looks incredible, what views. It's a shame you got hot and burned, so good to know that it's one to start early and probably not to be undertaken lightly! Looking forward to reading more about Hawaii and seeing some more of those gorgeous pics...

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    1. HI Rachel..I hope you can make it some day! It is my DREAM to visit the UK, how lucky you are to live there!! Thanks for stopping by!

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      VAlerie

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  9. Great day out with the family. Lovely weather. Send us some sun, we need it here in Scotland ;) #TravelTuesday www.travelbug.co

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    1. Ha ha Marcelle..I wish I were back in Aloha Land...it is cool here and rainy in Seattle too..blech! Ha..thanks for stopping by!

      Valerie

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  10. I have done this hike and the views from up there are pretty amazing. But, yes, you have to go well prepared. It is not a walk in the park (at least for people that are not necessarily in shape). Bring the right shoes and take enough water.

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    1. So true Ruth! I can't believe my daughter's friend wore flip flops up there!

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