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!

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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.

A gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous lookout! Can pull over anywhere on the road really

This is a lookout, not a hike. You walk on cement to a lookout area and the views are spectacular! Everyone should see this area.

hiking
16 days ago

holy moly. ok, this was TOUGH. I don't want to talk about myself, but just for perspective, I run ultras. And this was REALLY HARD!! The 2.5 down was nice and pleasant. The only thing I was thinking though was, what goes down, must go UP! The hike out was INSANE! It was HOT and humid. I went with my daughter, we made it, but I would not do it again. The river is pretty, but couldn't totally hang out and enjoy because we knew we wanted to start the climb out before it got really hot. If I were to do again, I would hike down and continue the 8 mile hike into the town of Wiamea, down river. I would try a hike that didn't drop so far and also something up the canyon more for much cooler temps. OH! And watch out, hunting season is year round for goat! If you hike, wear something bright, you don't want to get mistaken for a GOAT!! We found this out after hearing gun shots echoing through the canyon and running into a group of local hunters. They filled me in on the deal.

on Kukui Trail

hiking
24 days ago

We hiked down to the river and it was beautiful! Path is clear and very sunny. Don't forget your sunblock and water! Hiking down can be rough in a few patches because of the loose dirt. The trail begins between mile markers 8 & 9 off of the road. Stay to the right to continue on the Kukui Trail. We parked on the side of the road with the other cars and had no issues. Great views on a beautiful day! Definitely a moderate hike but take your time and you can do it!

beautiful views in the afternoon sun. Spotted a few mountain goats halfway down the canyon.

hiking
27 days ago

I recommend this as an intermediate hike. The hike is HOT so bring lots of water. And by “lots” that doesn’t mean: “Oh, I can bring two bottles with my flip flops.” I drank 3 liters on an overcast day. Worth every step.

no shade
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful views at the top but not worth hiking below tree line. River was nice to cool off in but offered no canyon views.

hiking
1 month ago

We loved this day (and are still feeling it in our legs). I’m 6 months pregnant and fit and found the way up to be quite strenuous. It was HOT and there wasn’t always shade. Remember to bring more water than you think you need, and food. The way down was amazing and beautiful (hard on knees for those with knee issues). We dipped into the river at the bottom. The way up was hard but all worth it. Just bring enough water and food (so important!). Would be very slippery in mud.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful lookout, stroller friendly

2 months ago

Our first trail on Kauai. Great introduction to the terrain. Made it to the river, which we found worthwhile - felt great to soak our feet. Hiking poles were a tremendous help. Great views the whole way.

hiking
2 months ago

Not a hike, very busy lookout. Beautiful lookout though.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views of the canyon. It’s straight down to the river and then straight back up. Coming up there isn’t much shade. The river wasn’t all that impressive, in my opinion. Also all trials says the trail is 4 miles round trip but it’s actually 5. It’s 2.5 to the river and 2.5 back. Just a heads up.

extremely easy hike. signage explaining local flora. wasn't real impressed!

hiking
3 months ago

Great views!

Cute little loop with lots of indigenous foliage. Signs explaining the plant life.

3 months ago

This trail is categorized as "Hard" but being a very less than novice hiker, I would say it's more moderate. I wore my KEEN water shoes like I did when hiking to the Hanakapiai Falls last year. It was nicely overcast with a few sunny spots. Perfect, as large sections are fully exposed and not protected by tree shade. The trail was very dry, luckily, but super slippery due to lots of loose gravel on the steep way down. There were lots of reassuring markers and stacked rocks along the way. Beautiful, lush canyon views. Wild goats and chickens. The 2.5 mile trek down to The Waimea River was absolutely worth it! Easy to hop rocks to the center of the beautiful, serene, babbling river. Made a few stacked rock towers! (I love and collect rocks!) We were the only 2 people there. Amazing moments in nature. The ascent was a bit brutal. Should've brought my waking stick & more h2o. We wanted to continue to the right of the river, leading to Waimea Canyon, but we got a late start(1:45) and were low on water. Another time. 3 1/2 hrs with lots of stops to soak it all in and capture the moments with pictures, of course. Good shoes, lots of h2o & start early. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome as always

Simple, sweet hike that’s great for all ages and footwear!

hiking
4 months ago

First time we went there was no visibility. Second time it was more clear, views comparable to Grand Canyon, in my opinion it was better because of greenery and waterfall.

Really nice lookout. Weather rolls in and out so wait a few mins for a good view. must stop here along your way up or back from a real hike

4 months ago

Beautiful views of a distant waterfall. The drive there offered nice views as well. I recommend going early, as the parking is really limited. Also, someone’s car was broken into while we were there, so beware of the thieves. I found it to be more moderate that hard.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views at the top, but not really worth hiking below the tree line. There are a lot of better hikes on the island, even with the closures. Loose dirt made the trek down slow, and the ascent is a tough climb. Down in about 1:30, back up in 1:10.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

The map isn't accurate. This is a tiny little loop with signs identifying plants. Good cool down after Kukui.

walking
5 months ago

Beautiful views! Worth the stop

hiking
5 months ago

This trail is a beast! We lucked out with dry ground. I can’t see how it can be done safely with mud. The views are amazing! I disagree with other reviews on the forest. I feel it’s worth every second to be in the stone still forest. It was amazing... probably my favorite part actually. Pack plenty of water, a camel pack would be ideal. Wear shoes with good traction, red mountain is slick with loose dirt. I’m strong, I hike seasonally, not super fit (gym 3 times a week) but I made it with minimal soreness. I totally thought it would be worse lol. Total time in was 2.5 hrs and out in 1.75. The way back was all business pacing up the inclines. I too was grateful I didn’t have to be rescued! You leave this trail feeling like a total badass.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Not a hike, just a lookout. Regardless, still worth a stop! Great views, very peaceful if you go early in the morning to beat crowds.

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