It was alright going in, minor slipping on wet leaves & felt monotonous at some points. Luckily the trees turned to ferns and to (edible) pineapple & strawberry & standard guava trees and thimble berry bushes. The views are gorgeous. I have a knee injury and did not go in with a stick but came out with one. If I didn't have it, I'd be in trouble. it was an uphill battle. Then again, I saw people running up.
I hiked the Canyon Trail via Cliff trail in Waimea Canyon. This is one of new favorite hikes! You start by walking along a dirt road lined with sweet smelling flower bushes. The trail takes you through scenic goodness with some woods, cliffs with rich orange dirt overlooking the canyon, and a couple of short waterfalls. I can't begin to describe the beauty and peaceful state it brings. I went mid-Sept and it wasn't very crowded. A shortish hike with not much elevation change. Easy and a must-do hike!
Clarissa E. on Kalepa Ridge Trail
A beautiful hike! A must do but for the more experienced and not for children. Exquisite scenery!
Clarissa E. on Canyon Trail to Waipoo Falls
Beautiful hike!! Fun for everyone, a must do!
A wonderful trail, with fantastic views at the end. The tough part is that it is all downhill to get to the views and all uphill on the way back. All in all a good trail, shaded for the most part, and doable for most people. For reference it is 3.25 miles each way, they have distance markers for you.
This was an end of the day hike, we had already done a much longer, and in theory more challenging hike in Koke'e State Park earlier in the day. No signal up in the park, so a state park employee told us that this was the most popular hike, was only two miles each way and was fairly flat. Not the case. Parts of the route are quite steep and will get very slippery when wet. Closer to the falls you walk along the top of a cliff and down the side. Hold on to young children. This part of the path is not maintained and was very dusty and loose under foot. The final routes to the two falls viewing locations: one is very narrow and the other takes you over large boulders. Space is limited for both. The route to the falls is mostly down, meaning that the rout back is mostly up hill and a some level of fitness is needed. Great views, but the trail could be better maintained.
It was a bit tough since there is a lot of up hill, but also a lot of down, muddy at times but not bad at all. Some girls were in sandals, but I recommend shoes for sure. One of the coolest hikes I've ever done though. Totally worth it, the canyon view is incredible and the end of the trail ends up at the top of waipoo falls which is just amazing. Also, a side waterfall at the top which is nice to take a break at...The way back is hard for those who aren't in the best of shape, lots of up hill. Overall, beautiful hike- highly recommend!