Waimea Canyon Trail
Waimea Canyon Trail
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  • Lorraine777
    El Dorado Hills, California142 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun hike, wear hiking boots
    We took the trail to the waterfall. I do not like heights or cliffs so I did not make it all the way to the waterfall, but the views I did see were gorgeous. I stopped at the huge cliff before the waterfall, but my family made it there and enjoyed it. It is supposed to be moderate in difficulty, and I think that’s about right, keeping in mind that’s for regular hikers. I do not hike regularly, and would have been fine if I wore hiking boots. The hike was not on our itinerary and my sneakers were barely good enough for paved streets. It rained several times during the hike, and it was quite muddy.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • miguelcaracoche
    90 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great trek - parking trick
    Most people park up in the road and makes the hike much longer going down the gravel road with no views. When you see the Koke'e state Park sign on your right, veer right and take a gravel road, it seems to be a quite steep (it is indeed if you hike it up) but we did it with a sedan and didn't have any problem going up and down, when you hit a fork turn right and the parking is right there. The trail is stuck to the parking. We did on a sunny day, I wouldn't recommend doing it on a rainy day, at least with a sedan The Parking here will bypass the steepest part of the trail. We really liked this hike, we are in our 50's and didn't have big problems , but my wife didn't dare to go down to the waterfall.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • Katerina
    Prague, Czech Republic8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice moderate track
    Nice track, no difficult. Just down and up. Really nice view on the end. Two waterfalls are not so interesting. The path is closed on the end but with HIKING shoes you can make few steps behind signs to see more...
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 2, 2024
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miguelcaracoche
buenos aires, Argentina90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Most people park up in the road and makes the hike much longer going down the gravel road with no views. When you see the Koke'e state Park sign on your right, veer right and take a gravel road, it seems to be a quite steep (it is indeed if you hike it up) but we did it with a sedan and didn't have any problem going up and down, when you hit a fork turn right and the parking is right there. The trail is stuck to the parking.
We did on a sunny day, I wouldn't recommend doing it on a rainy day, at least with a sedan The Parking here will bypass the steepest part of the trail.
We really liked this hike, we are in our 50's and didn't have big problems , but my wife didn't dare to go down to the waterfall.
Written September 10, 2023
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CourtneyandScott
Greater London, UK178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
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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Lorraine777
El Dorado Hills, CA142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
We took the trail to the waterfall. I do not like heights or cliffs so I did not make it all the way to the waterfall, but the views I did see were gorgeous. I stopped at the huge cliff before the waterfall, but my family made it there and enjoyed it. It is supposed to be moderate in difficulty, and I think that’s about right, keeping in mind that’s for regular hikers. I do not hike regularly, and would have been fine if I wore hiking boots. The hike was not on our itinerary and my sneakers were barely good enough for paved streets. It rained several times during the hike, and it was quite muddy.
Written July 22, 2023
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Ken
Auckland, New Zealand103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
Incredible views of the canyon at the last km of the hike, the waterfall is a bit underwhelming. I recommend hiking boots and poles as the track is quite muddy. Make sure you follow the trail on the right before the falls as that takes you to another incredible view of the canyons.
Written December 1, 2022
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nctraveler315
Winston Salem, NC168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
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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JV2006
CA481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Don't look up. The second you do you will trip! This is a beautiful hike but it was slippery to start with and then it began to rain for over an hour and the clay-like dirt turned into slick mess. I felt bad for the people who were coming down as we were finishing and I hope no one got hurt. I saw a lot of people slipping and falling along the way.
Written September 1, 2022
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205JamieR205
Grand Rapids, MI289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • 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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Sara VK
Los Angeles, CA34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
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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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,112 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • 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
Michigan159 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
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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