Yesterday, I joined my 10-year-old daughter, Katie, on a hike up Diamond Head, one of Hawaii’s most recognizable landmarks and a popular local attraction. The hike was organized by her Girl Scout troop (Hawaii Troop #84), and we were joined by seven other girls, another dad, and Troop Leader Debbie.
It had been years since I’d last made the trek, and a lot had changed, from the fee to enter the crater to the partially paved path to the lights in the once pitch-dark stairwell. Despite the entrance fee, it was also as crowded as ever, and navigating the narrow paths with people headed both up and down the mountain was as much of a challenge as the climb itself.
With steps and handrails, Diamond Head is probably Hawaii’s easiest hike, but on a hot day with a crush of tourists it can still wipe you out.