Koke'e State Park offers commanding views of the lush, amphitheater-headed Kalalau Valley from 4000 feet elevation. Wildland picnicking, tent camping and lodging. Hiking in native rain forest and along rim of Waimea Canyon; additional trails in neighboring forest reserves. Excellent area for observation of native plants, forest birds and insects. Seasonal plum picking and trout fishing. Pig hunting in public hunting area.
This is a really nice hike. I would rate it as moderate based on the steepness of parts of the trail. I would also recommend using hiking sticks and would not recommend that you take this trail right after a rain or if it looks like it might rain while you are out.......it would be very slick and dangerous if wet.
As you go down the trail (about 1 mile from the top) you will see a parking area that can be accessed by 4WD. Just past that parking area there is a spur trail that goes to the right. It is only about 1/4 mile long and leads to a nice vista of the canyon......it is worth the detour.
The trail does have some fantastic views of the canyon and is well worth the effort. It has a really nice small waterfall at the end and is a nice place to have a lunch or just take a break.
You can cut out a 1 mile uphill portion of the trail if you have a 4 Wheel Drive.......at the upper parking area there is a dirt road that you can take to the bottom and park. This is a rough trail to take.......do not attempt this if you do not a true 4WD.
Not for the faint of heart, but amazing views! Very narrow trail with steep ledges. We started about 3:00 pm. It was clear when we started then the mist came in so that we could not see anything below the trail. Mist cleared right at the end to reveal some breathtaking views and stayed that way for our hike back up. Wore shorts and got a few scratches from the brush but totally worth it.
Great hike! You get to see amazing views of the canyon as well as two different water falls. There's also an optional additional view point. Hiking shoes are definitely recommended as it can be a bit muddy and there are lots of ups and downs. On the tougher side of moderate. Less highly trafficked earlier in the day.
This trail is a little crazy but it's well worth it if you're up for the adventure! You'll find the entrance behind the green fence at the Kalalau lookout. You'll descend through trees for a good amount of the trail - and thank goodness the trees are there because the trail is steep and muddy, you'll find yourself catching on to trees and roots to not fall. Be prepared to get dirty. It flattens out after a bit and the views are absolutely amazing. I would also recommend wearing pants because you have to hike through a thin path in brush which can scrape up your legs. Enjoy!!!