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“Excellent moderate hike in Kauai”
Review of Canyon Trail

Canyon Trail
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Waimea
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

A great hike to include as part of a 1-day trip to Waimea canyon. Did this in April with family including 2 gals - 14 & 11.

This hike is described in detail elsewhere - here and at various other sites.

We started off from Poipu (the Sheraton) around 8.45am. Reached the town of Waimea around 9.30am, packed some fried rice & chicken from the supermarket there (only place open then), then drove all the way up Waimea canyon Dr. As suggested here, did not stop anywhere to avoid the crowds until all the way to Kalalu lookout and Puu a Kila lookout about 10.30ish (Note: Puu a Kila lookout is the nicer view). Then started our drive back, first stopping at the Kokee museum for a look-see and a nice lunch at one of the picnic areas. (The nice ranger at the museum advised us of this and a couple of other hikes).

We parked our car at the Kokee state park entrance. The trail head starts there.

The hike starts off through some nice wooded area, then clears up as it gets closer to the canyon. Awesome views all around - especially along the canyon.

This is a moderate hike with some elevation change, but quite manageable for a reasonably fit person or kid. The hike ends at Waipo'o falls. The waterfall itself is quite small there, but the base pool is quite an inviting swim after the long hike. Luckily me and the kids had packed our swimming stuff, so a quick change of clothes and then a nice short swim/wade in the pool all the way to under the falls! A great treat. Then hike back to the trail head and continue our drive down. The whole hike took about 3 hrs. There were quite a few people hiking, but never felt like a crowd except at the falls where it can get packed.

On the way down, we stopped at the Waimea canyon overlook for an awesome panaromic view of the canyon.

Back at the hotel by about 6pm.

To conclude - a great hike to include as part of a 1-day trip to Waimea canyon. Pack your swim wear and a towel. And WATER.

9  Thank johnmani
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This trail provides amazing views and those classic "postcard" pictures. The trail is definitely muddy in sections and you better use your bug repellant, but those are minor inconveniences given the scenery and views!

Thank DougWillaman
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

This was a great hiking day trip for our family of four -- 8 yr old, 11 yr old, and adults. They say moderate so that means you sweat a bit. Also can be muddy at times. But for us it was abt 3- 4 hours and a great time. Highly recommend!

4  Thank wineguysf
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Reviewed April 2, 2014

The Canyon Trail is a great moderate hike. The hike is approximately 3.6 mile round trip. There are some steep and muddy spots but once you reach the top of the trail toward the canyon, the trail clears and becomes easier. The views of the Canyon is absolutely breathtaking. My husband and I had been at the lookout and had seen the Waipo'o Falls and did not realize these were the falls we were hiking to until we got to the overlook on the trail. When you reach the falls, make sure to go the fall/pool area. People were sunbathing and hanging out when we were there. We found sticks along the trail and used those to help in the steep areas. Make sure to bring your camera, water, and hiking shoes. Enjoy the views!

Thank LizCarp88
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Totally worth the time (and money...it was free) to hike the 3.6 mile round trip trail. It's a little steep and you have to step around some boulders and over some tree roots, but if you're in decent shape, it's not a problem. Good news is that the trail is an out and back, so if you don't like the terrain or the pitch, you can turn around any time. Views at the outermost point were spectacular.

At no time did we fell like the trail was too narrow... perfectly safe if you're smart enough to stay away from the edge. Also, we hiked on a sunny day and running/tennis shoes worked great. But there were still some wet spots on the initial road, so if there had been recent rain, our shoes might not have fared as well.

Thank PDXOR4
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