Is climbing Diamond Head as difficult as it looks? Been watching some YouTubes on it... lol.
It depends on your fitness level.
I think the difficult part is the amount of people on this hike, not the hike itself.
If you are in good health, you should be ok. I have seen a few overweight people struggle on the way up. We have done it a few times and it is always enjoyable.
Climed it in March. I am 66.I do not work out. I saw people of all ages. It is .six tenths of a mile from the base. Not to steep. Sort of un-even--rocks etc. we walked to and from the Marriott for a six mile round trip. But there is transportation to the park but my wifes works out and wanted to walk the whole way After the climb up the view of Wakiki is worth it. Food and drinks at the park when you ome down.
Do it. Ask yourself--how many people that you know have done that. One of my favorite things ever but my legs hurt.
Thanks, Catbird.... you have given me great encouragement. I hope I don't chicken out when we get there. LOL I really want to do it but I know my hips will start aching after a while. If I make it... I'm having hula pie afterwards. LOL
I realize now that I did not spell climbed correctly. Important. Take at least two bottles of water each.
One of my most vivid memories of Diamond Head is watching people twenty years my senior, sixty pounds heavier than me pass me by again and again. I'm slim, was about 40 at the time, nonsmoker, and can walk for hours on end on a flat surface. But I must not have the musculature for climbing stairs (spindly legs, I guess).
Still a little shocked it was more difficult for me than for couch-potato grandmas.
Point being ... it's easy for *most* people ..
You will be fine.... but like catbird said, make sure you take water and I also advise going first thing in the am, not as crowded or as hot.... enjoy!
I did it and I'm not in the best of shape. I just took my time and made several stops. Especially during the stairs. Just remember its not a race. The view is worth it!
Agreed the stairs are a little taxing. I am older (not 60 yet) and not in great shape. Hubby and I love walking and snorkeling and diving though. We do this hike every time we are on Oahu, starting from our hotel on Lewers.
We take two bottles of water each (one frozen) and a blueberry bagel to treat ourselves with when we make it to the top. The walk back is a snap.