Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Koke'e State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Pihea Vista Trail

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

The trail has breath taking views. The muddy part of the trail is only the beginning and the rest is fine as you will be on boardwalks. It is one of the most rainy spots in the world but the rain passed for us after about 20 minutes. The swap was amazing. It’s a hike I would do again. The last part seems long on the way there but it’s only two miles and well worth it with the over look. If it’s cloudy you can try waiting for it to clear.

hiking
5 days ago

Definitely harder than I thought it would be, and climbing up near-vertical dirt walls was not something I was ready for. While climbing all the steep slopes was doable, it was definitely not easy climbing back down. The trail wasn’t muddy but parts were slick. I didn’t feel it was worth the trek. The view was completely obscured by clouds the entire time. I would consider doing this trail again, but it’s not at the top of my list.

muddy
washed out
6 days ago

It was wonderful in the morning alone at the waterfall to have breakfast with the noise in the back and the magnificent view in the Waimea Canyon. Not suitable for insecure runners. Partly very slippery and also heels over stones / between stones. Taking care with children - the trail is partly along a cliff.

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muddy
scramble
6 days ago

the end scramble up is NOT worth it. this trail is very muddy and have several sections that you need to climb mud banks. the views of the canyon in the left side on the way out is great. the opening near the end, before the big climb, is the best of the trail. finish the trail if you like climbing mud walls.

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

take a AWD/4WD car in (starting at the split into kokee park) to save you about 2 miles of walking. great views of the canyon with little effort. actual waterfall is disappointing. looks like 10ft tall with a kiddie pool with of water at the bottom. both of the falls.

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

No need to drive down to the parking areas if you aren’t in a 4x4 vehicle. Just walk

hiking
muddy
8 days ago

Awesome trail!! Beautiful views of the canyon and leads to two parts of the waterfall! The trail to the left at the end of the canyon ridge leads to the waterfall with the pool that you can swim in. The trail to the right leads to another part of the waterfall that is beautiful and steep. Lots of mud and steep trail so bring good shoes and prepare to get messy! :) so fun!

Amazing view of the canyon!!! Also beautiful waterfalls! The trail split to two diff parts of the waterfall. Both are worth seeing. The split to the left has a pool that you can swim in with the waterfall. Super muddy as usual so bring good shoes that you can get super messy. It was awesome!!

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muddy
scramble
10 days ago

awesome trail. do this and look off at some of the look outside and you just saved money on a helicopter tour. the road down to the trail head would be doable with 4x4 and will save you 1.6 miles. well worth taking your rental jeep down there. obviously hiking shoes are a must and poles would help.

hiking
12 days ago

We must have hit a lucky weather pattern because we had fantastic views all directions along the ridge. Birds sang to us often on the trail but they were shy and didn’t show their full- selves, except the white-tailed tropicbird that flew overhead. The road in was too steep and rutted for our rental car at one point, so we parked and walked .75 miles to the trailhead. Loved this hike.

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fee
muddy
rocky
14 days ago

Had a great hike after driving for 1 hr + on the Canyon Trail. My boyfriend and i made it to the first 2 falls and back in about 2 hrs. Its a haul on the way back up (up hill almost the whole way) so I recommend lots of water and intermediate experience. If you take it slow, you’ll be fine. It definitely was muddy in patches but nothing compared to other hikes we’ve done on the island. The falls are gorgeous and well worth the sweat! There are even pools you can jump into if you’d like. Have fun and be safe!

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muddy
14 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

We did this hike in November 1, 2019 and I would definitely rate us as moderate. Thankfully the trail was dry and not super muddy, as I’d probably rate this as hard if it was muddy. The Pihea trail portion would get the muddiest, and since it’s all downhill going, then uphill coming back, being super muddy would make the trek quite difficult. The majority of the Alakai trail is on boards. Yes, some of the boards are kind of sketchy, but they seem to have been going through recently to replace sections with new, composite boards. So note there is a section that is all stairs - someone said it was 250 individual stairs, but I wasn’t counting. Overall great trail!!

Great hike! My wife and I did the Canyon Trail loop which was around 4 miles round trip. Didn’t get a view of the falls but the view of the Canyon was amazing. Overall a blast. Trails goes down first and up so coming back up we definitely were feeling out of breath. We both workout 5 days a week and walk/hike frequently and this was “not an easy but definitely not killing us” hike. We brought two nalgenes of water and we were fine. Finished there and back in about 2.5 hours with some photo stops along the way. We were definitely hauling however. Loved it!

hiking
21 days ago

This hike is best done in the morning to prevent the clouds in the afternoon blocking your views. When sunny, the views are outstanding. We got lucky with no rain so the trail wasn’t slick, but in the rain, this trail would be very slick with a lot of root stepping. All in all a gorgeous hike with incredible views!

hiking
over grown
22 days ago

Good but we never saw falls. We still did 6.4 km. There are very beautiful points of view.

Great views of the canyon and 2 splendid waterfalls. Green and lush on the way in and if you make it a loop hike like we did the way back is very Australiana-like bus land. Very cool to see 2 different landscapes so close to each other.

hiking
scramble
23 days ago

We did this trail on 22 October 2019 as described, combining Pihea Vista and Alakai Swamp Trails (turning left at the junction), ending at Kilohana lookout, which gives you views all the way to Hanalei. As described by others, the Pihea section is more demanding as it requires scrambling and tends to be muddy. However, the Swamp Trail is not maintained well and also requires solid concentration all the way through. We tracked the trail, in and out it is 13.5km and 477m altitude without going all the way up to Pihea lookout. You should allow 6h, including a break. A great hike, but considerably harder than we anticipated due to the conditions of the trail, and we did it on a nice day.

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