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#3 of 5 state parks in Kauai

Best trails in Waimea Canyon State Park

618 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in Waimea Canyon State Park, Kauai? AllTrails has 5 great views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 3 hard trails in Waimea Canyon State Park ranging from 5 to 12.9 miles and from 2,946 to 2,949 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, this canyon is 3,600 feet deep at the deepest point. There are challenging hiking trails and short walks to look out points Puu ka Pele and Puu hinahina, both of which have parking and provide breathtaking views. Seasonal pig and goat hunting and fishing opportunities are also in this area.

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Map of trails in Waimea Canyon State Park
Park information
Acreage:
1,866 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
808-274-3444
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Top trails (5)
#1 - Waimea Canyon Lookout
Waimea Canyon State Park
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Length: 0.1 mi • Est. 3 m
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 WShow more
#2 - Kukui Trail
Waimea Canyon State Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 29 m
An incredible experience of Waimea Canyon's west side, this Kokee State Park trail drops 2,000 feet to the canyon floor. Travel through a forest of Kukui and other upland trees stopping at viewpoints Show more
#3 - Waimea Canyon
Waimea Canyon State Park
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 7 h 47 m
This is a great hike down into the canyon. The trail is steep and in many places washed out due to erosion but still very navigable. The path goes from clear terrain to dense woods. It continues down Show more
#4 - Iliau Nature Loop Trail
Waimea Canyon State Park
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Length: 0.4 mi • Est. 12 m
Iliau Nature Loop Trail is a 0.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kekaha, Kauai, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily Show more
#5 - Waimea Canyon River Trail
Waimea Canyon State Park
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Length: 10.4 mi • Est. 6 h 45 m
Beautiful hike down from Kokoe Road into Waimea Canyon. Very steep for the first 2 miles but then relatively flat once you reach the river. Great sight seeing on the way into the canyon. Bring plenShow more