Waipio Valley Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Honokaa, HI that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
hard uphill but totally worth it!
Also others call the river "streams" which it is, but be warned that the streams we crossed were about 4 ft deep! Definitely pack either a wet bag or very light along with good hiking boots you don't mind getting wet. The current was also a bit fast at points but nothing you can't cross.
Seriously amazing adventure. Do it!! It's a bit hard to find the trailhead once you pass the local houses and cross the river by the road. The locals guard the trail as it is private property and no trespassing allowed. We went along and through the river starting at the road and kept going until we met the trail on your left side (east). Stay along the river trail. When you meet a point where the trail is lost and you'll see some longer rocks going into the river, that's where we crossed. You'll see no trespassing signs and what becomes a meadow on your left along with high rocks that seem impassable. You can't tell but the trail keeps going on a narrow path along the river and rock on the other side. You'll cross one more time almost to the waterfall. The waterfall is well worth it!! Especially if you are there in the right season. I've heard it dries out some parts of the year.
The walk up is much longer and harder than it appears from the top, be warned.
Did this hike on Dec 5th..Hiked down and to Hi'ilawe Falls then back. Fairly easy until the hike up, absolute death for me but worth every minute.
Amazing falls! The hike is not for the inexperienced. You have to climb over boulders snd traverse across the river twice. Bring a wet bag and a swim suit. Worth every step!
Great trek to see black sand beach and waterfalls. Trail does not take you back into the valley very far until it is all private property and has a few streams to cross up that route. Ran into the wild horses on the way back to the beach, beach is awesome, just drops off quickly with rough waves. Waterfalls along the shore in each direction. Did not explore since a flash-shower came through and sent us back toward the top.
The access road is a very steep descent/climb on foot (4WD only by car), durable legs and shoes recommended. The valley is always wet, recommend water shoes as best option if you have them.
Really cool lookout of the valley but you have to go down over to see the 1300' waterfall. The hike down is a bit hard on the knees. Going back up is the easy part and a good cardio workout. I would definitely hike it again to catch of glimpse of the falls. You can't get right up to it like Akaka Falls but it is still worth while. There were some people in their 60s hiking up and also a 2 year old so don't be too scared of the 33% slope.
Just did the hike down to the black sand beach. The black sand beach was gorgeous and I forded a stream to go further down. Very few people were down there. The hike back up was rough, but I am also not in great shape. Took me about 45 minutes to go up and 15 minutes to go down. I did the hike up barefoot though because my shoes were wet and giving me blisters. That may have added to the difficulty! Awesome hike here!
Make sure to bring a swim suit or board short to get across the river to see the waterfall. Bring the trash bag for a backpacker just in case you drop it while you are carrying it above your head across the river. Amazing wet hike!
Went horseback riding after arriving on valley floor. It's the perfect way to explore the countryside! Saw wild horses, waterfalls, many types of flower and trees, learned about all the crops that grew there. On way back, horses were going upstream in water up to their backs- needless to say we got wet, but had a great adventure.
The most spectacular view will be from the lookout/ parking area looking down into the deep, lush valley where you can spot a few pathches of TARO (a Hawaiian introduced staple grown for its starchy tuber and collard like leaves, long popular with locals and now becoming highly esteemed by health food enthusiasts.) There is a very steep, narrow, treacherous 4WD road leading down into the valley, but we reccommend you leave your vehicle up top and hike down this road to explore the valley where there are a number of trails, a stream, beautiful waterfall, and black sand beach. A Word of caution--in case of an approaching (occaisional) tsunami, the valley floor is a very dangerous place to be--head for higher ground!