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Canyon Trail
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abyss64
Seal Beach, CA593 contributions
The parking for the trailhead is at the Pu'u Hinahina Lookout (there is a parking fee now, about $15), but if you want to bypass the most difficult part of the trail, then don't park there.... continue driving about a mile or so until you see a big "Koke'e State Park" sign on your right. Veer right and drive down the dirt road. Go all the way until you hit a fork, then turn right. Go all the way and you'll find yourself at a dirt parking lot. This will shave about an hour of total time from the hike than if you parked at the lookout. Parking here will also bypass the steepest incline/decline of the trail. The trail continues on the left. Note that if it was raining, then I would only take this road in a SUV, as it may get too muddy for a sedan.

The payoff is at the end, when you get sweeping canyon views and are at the top of a waterfall. If you stopped at the Waimea Canyon Lookout and saw a waterfall, that's the waterfall you've just hiked to. There are some parts where you need to boulder hop; be careful here, as some of the boulders are very slippery.

This is an easy/moderate hike with some great views, and I highly recommend.
Written September 23, 2021
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CourtneyandScott
Greater London, UK131 contributions
You should definitely put this on your list of things to do while visiting the island.

I would recommend carrying water, bug spray and sunscreen during your walk. We also packed a picnic lunch that we picked up from passion bakery.

The trail that we hiked was very muddy and we had to take it slow in some spots. The views are absolutely incredible.

We started our hike from the second lookout. You will need to pay to park your car and then for each person. For 2 of us it was $20.
Written January 11, 2022
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Chauntel T
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Couples
We went on a super rainy day. Drove all the way from the north (2 hours). The trail was muddy and slippery, but if you have the right rain gear it won't be a problem. We are seasoned hikers though. Plus on rainy days not too many people will be out on this super busy trail. Waterproof shoes is a plus! Views are beautiful!! Worth it even with the rain.
Written February 5, 2020
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nctraveler315
Winston Salem, NC152 contributions
We decided to hike a short distance on the trail see the views and walk back. The first part of the trial is wooded, no real views. It was muddy and slippery in places. We continued on and walked the entire trail plus a side hike to the waterfall. It was challenging for us as we do not hike often but we were able to do it. Be sure to bring water. The views along the canyon rim are spectacular and the waterfall was a very nice place to just sit and relax before starting back. On the way back we opted to take the dirt road for 4WD vehicles back to the main road as we were not sure we would make it back up the trail through the muddy part.
Written July 25, 2021
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Sara VK
Los Angeles, CA36 contributions
Take this trail to the falls. You can skip the hike and drive down a dirt road, if you have a 4x4, but the views of Waimea Canyon are gorgeous if you take the full version. Bring a good hat/sunscreen, solid shoes if it's wet/muddy, and your camera. Such a great time in nature!
Written September 18, 2021
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205JamieR205
Grand Rapids, MI285 contributions
Couples
This was a fun hike to the top of Waiapo’o Falls, but as others have mentioned, parts are really steep. Don’t attempt it with small kids or if you have knee issues. It’s not super long - you need to be stable on your feet. You definitely get some breathtaking views, but it’s a very popular hike, so prepare for it to be busy. If you don’t want to do the Canyon Trail, you can get a similarly great view just by doing the Cliffs Trail, which branches to the right at the trailhead. (Signs are there to mark which is which.). Cliffs Trail is only a quarter mile or so a little uphill on a wide, clear path and ends at a vista. Avoid the Black Pipe turnoff when doing the Canyon Trail - it’s overgrown in many places, isn’t well marked at some turnoffs, and doesn’t have any views to speak of.
Written June 17, 2021
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,586 contributions
Couples
We do a ton of hiking and were looking forward to this 4 mile out and back jaunt. Unfortunately, it did not meet our expectations. The trail is rugged with tree roots tripping those not paying attention. I don’t think the trail ever dries out, so it’s a slippery mess going downhill regardless of your shoe style. Most of the way in is through the trees with no hint of the magnificent canyon a few feet to the right. One nice overlook of the canyon on a short spur to the right. Otherwise, continue down to the falls which, to me, didn’t seem worth the effort. The overlooks along the drive were far more impressive. Not worth the 2.5 hours effort, not to mention potential slippage with every step.
Written January 15, 2022
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BobMichigan
Michigan163 contributions
It is easy to see why Waimea Canyon is called the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Stunning rock formations, with waterfalls. It is worth the trip to see and not a long ride. There are many overlooks with excellent photo vantage points. Parking can be hard to get when it is busy.
Written January 5, 2022
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Jason&Laureen
New York City, NY56 contributions
For avid and regular hikers, we would rate this as moderate. Lots of inclines and declines, so must be able to have good balance. Waipo’o falls at the summit is not one you would want to miss! “Grand Canyon” views! Such powerful mana!
Written October 17, 2021
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davisfamilyMD
Laurel, MD86 contributions
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One of the most popular trails in Waimea Canyon. It can be tough and is not for those unprepared or with small children.
There are parts that were very muddy, despite not having rained much. I suggest bringing poles or grabbing one by the trailhead.
This is one hike that has an end goal and is well worth the effort once you get there. There are a couple nice vantage points along the way, but once you get to the top the views of the canyon are spectacular.
You actually go back down to access a small pool and a couple points that put you at the very tip top of the falls you viewed from the road across the canyon as you drove up. Beautiful spot to just rest a bit and take in the beauty before the long trek back.
Written March 7, 2020
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