Waimea Canyon Lookout

EASY 23 reviews
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Waimea Canyon Lookout is a 0.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Kekaha (Kauai), HI that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

0.1 miles 0 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

old growth

Put a pin in your map on this one. Considered "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," the views will get inside you as one of natures most amazing sites on this big blue marble. Further up, the summit at Wai'ale'ale will grace you as you stand amongst one of the wettest places on earth. This was an amazingly wonderful "bucket list" item to see and experience with my own eyes. It was a wonderful drive to the summit, and along the way there was pull-off parking so a person could venture out on a day hike and explore some of the breathtaking trailheads Waimea Canyon had to offer. Unique to the island of Kauai was the "red dirt" trails that were all natural and packed hard and was as if you were walking on concrete; but make sure you have on your old trail clothes, because getting any of this red dirt on your clothing or gear meant a life-long reminder just what a jewel of an island this was. At the summit was like being in a cool misty fog because of Waialeale being one of the wettest spots on earth with an annual rainfall surpassing 450. The views from the lookout at this elevation and location were spectacular that is - if you had the time to wait on the waves of misty-fog-like deluges to open up and behold one of the islands great wonders.

24 days ago

2 months ago

beautiful

4 months ago

It was a decent view, but this was not a hike. You park the car in the lot and walk about 200' away. It is handicap accessible so that's a great option for people who aren't able to traverse other trails.

4 months ago

Trail was a bit muddy so use proper footwear. Lots of great vistas. Heavy traffic from tourists.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing!
Take rain ponchos we got soaked and soiled with mud a lot of mud!
Very slippery when wet - plan on slipping
Can't wait to do it again!

5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

The view was spectacular. It was fun to drive up and it was easy access.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

This trail was definitely worth it. The views of the canyon were more of a highlight to me than the falls at the end.

8 months ago

Great, vigorous and short hike. Not much to see along the way except for some varied forest, but the payoff at the end in a great view and swimming pond at the waterfall is totally worth it. Even when dry there is some mud.

1 year ago

1 year ago

1 year ago

Beautiful place! I wish I knew how to put photos on here!

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
3 years ago

Pihea to Alaka'i was otherworldly. We will never forget it!

scenic driving
3 years ago

Pretty cool place. Lots of awesome views.

hiking
3 years ago

Was here with my family 4-years ago. There are really no words to describe it besides 'breathtaking'. Definitely has to be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. We were there in December, and it was really windy and much cooler than the rest of the Island... but, still amazing!

hiking
4 years ago

Backpacked this trail with a group of friends. Wonderful trail. Went in January and there were a lot of mosquitoes. Provides a lot of opportunities for day hikes. I can see why they call it the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. Hiked in all the way to the end of the canyons and then from their back out right down into the town of Waimea. Awesome views and accessible water if you have a filter, but be warned all that beautiful red dirt is in the water so it'll clog up the filter quick.

hiking
4 years ago

breath taking must see.

hiking
4 years ago

Put a pin in your map on this one. Considered "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific," the views will get inside you as one of natures most amazing sites on this big blue marble. Further up, the summit at Wai'ale'ale will grace you as you stand amongst one of the wettest places on earth.
This was an amazingly wonderful "bucket list" item to see and experience with my own eyes. It was a wonderful drive to the summit, and along the way there was pull-off parking so a person could venture out on a day hike and explore some of the breathtaking trailheads Waimea Canyon had to offer. Unique to the island of Kauai was the "red dirt" trails that were all natural and packed hard and was as if you were walking on concrete; but make sure you have on your old trail clothes, because getting any of this red dirt on your clothing or gear meant a life-long reminder just what a jewel of an island this was. At the summit was like being in a cool misty fog because of Waialeale being one of the wettest spots on earth with an annual rainfall surpassing 450. The views from the lookout at this elevation and location were spectacular that is - if you had the time to wait on the waves of misty-fog-like deluges to open up and behold one of the islands great wonders.