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“Fun place to go”

Makawehi Lithified Cliffs
Ranked #10 of 30 things to do in Poipu
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Provo, utah
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Fun place to go”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

We enjoyed the beach at Makawehi and even saw a sea lion come to shore. Fun place.

Visited January 2012
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Chula Vista, California
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75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Not the easiest place to find,”
Reviewed January 8, 2012

but well worth it for a short hike. Make sure to go as far as possible to get the best views of the coastline.

Visited January 2012
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Victoria, BC
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120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 379 helpful votes
“Easy hike with lovely views of the coastline”
Reviewed January 7, 2012

An easy access to this scenic shoreline trail is from Shipwreck Beach, at the eastern end of Poipu. There’s public parking nearby. Once past an initial sandy section, the trail traverses the Makewehi cliffs, formed when ancient sand dunes lithified or compacted and cemented together over time to form limestone. What’s key to remember is that this sandstone erodes easily, so stay away from the cliff edge.

There’s very little climbing or descending on this trail. Most of it is quite flat, though rocky outcroppings make for some bumpy patches, and stretches of red dirt can be slippery if it has been raining. Here and there you’ll find yourself surrounded by high grasses and other vegetation, and there’s a brief diversion alongside the Poipu Bay Resort Golf Course, where the original trail has eroded to the point of being unsafe. Signs warn about the danger of errant golf balls, but the only life we saw on the course were a groundskeeper and a couple of nenes.

We hiked as far as the CJM stables, probably close to two miles. The trail continues a bit beyond that, to Gillin’s Beach, but by the time you get to the stables it’s becoming hard to figure out just where the trail is.

Among the things to look out for along the trail are the remains of a heiau, or ancient place of worship, where offerings were made to the sea god to ensure good fishing; metal pipes set into the cliffs where contemporary fishermen set their poles (how do they ever cast a line into that churning water?); fossils or bones of extinct birds (we didn’t have any luck, but paleontologists from the Smithsonian have found remnants of birds that lived in the area thousands of years ago).

Visited December 2011
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Midwest USA
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166 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Our favorite place forever”
Reviewed December 7, 2011

Rough road getting in but we had 4WD. It is soooo worth it. We love this place. It is so breathtaking. We sat on the edge of a cliff watching the ocean for over an hour. So perfect. Not overrun with people. Picture takers dream spot.

Visited November 2011
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Hudson, Ohio
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149 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Not much of a formal trail, but an interesting, easy hike”
Reviewed December 4, 2011

Many years ago, there was an old computer game in which your character could get trapped in what was described as "a twisty maze of passages, all a like". Well, that is sort of a description of this "trail".

You start out at Shipwreck Beach. You pick up the trail around the parking lot, and head up into the cliffs. The hike is actually pretty easy; that first climb is about the steepest, though there are some easy ups and down after that. There are all kinds of cool things to see: some Hawaiian ruins, interesting geology, interesting shore plants (lots in flower), nice views. Some parts are in some shrubby areas with a little shade, but most is in sun, so wear hat, suntan lotion, etc. and bring water. I saw some people trying it in flip-flops and bathing suits, but I'd suggest at least sneakers, if not hiking shoes (lots of it is sandy).

The only challenge is that the trail isn't really marked at all. If there is an official trail, it is hard to tell. There are parts where people have made trails all over the place. A couple of times we would follow what seemed the best path, and have to backtrack out of a dead-end.

We hiked at a casual pace for about an hour or so, and then seemed to run out of trail. It supposedly continues, but we couldn't find it, and that was OK, so we headed back.

I liked the trail and would recommend it, but it was a little frustrating.

Visited November 2011
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