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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.

Definitely worth seeing!

The first half mile of this trail (to Waipo’o Falls parking lot) is just a down and up thru mediocre woods with no views ( and usually very muddy). Just skip it and start hiking at the Black Pipe trail head (corner of Koke’e and Halemanu Roads) down the 4x4 road towards the Waipo’o Falls parking lot. Definitely take the short diversion up to the Cliff Trail Lookout (signs mark the trail). The views are totally worth it.

As others have said, this is a mucky trail, mostly forested, but the view at the end is gorgeous.

Beautiful hike
A little busy
Muddy make sure you have good shoes or walking stick

Great views. We went to the falls with lots of stops, about 3hrs. We had to reschedule a lot of activities due to flash flood warnings. Trail was muddy but for any experienced hiker totally doable in wet weather. although we only had some light rain while on trail. Do not miss the views of deep in Waimea canyon! Wether this hike or another.

hiking
14 days ago

Easy trail, but with amazing na pali views.

Beautiful

Waterfall was a treat at the end. Relatively busy trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Trail isn’t too bad, didn’t feel very steep and it’s well maintained, but I’d probably skip this one if it’s rainy or socked in. I did this as part of the Nualolo/Awaawapuhi loop. Pretty sure it was around 11 miles for the loop. Not much to see along the way but I guarantee it ends at one of the most amazing places you’ll ever stand. You can go out on the ridge past the lookout point but be careful... one misstep and you’ll fall 2000ft. It’s so narrow in one spot you can straddle the ridge. Pictures do no justice. The view from the ridge creates a weird feeling like everything is warping up around you.

hiking
18 days ago

One of the best trails considering how short it is. It’s probably my favorite perspective of Kalalau, standing at the edge of box canyon. You can look straight down the sheer 3000ft cliff. It’s steep in some places and definitely slipper when wet. You will be holding onto trees and roots for some assistance in a couple spots but it’s nothing that bad. It can be suffocatingly hot and humid when there’s no breeze in the summer and can be cold, in the mid 50s and windy in the winter. Be careful standing on the edge. I saw someone slip and almost fall in.

Awesome views at the lookout!

Muddy the first mile but pretty dry the rest. First 2 Miles is just a forest hike with one sneak peak. Last mile has more to offer and the end is gorgeous. Down the entire way and up the way back.

Amazing views throughout! The trail definitely has some tricky parts where the descent is steep and you have to get a little dirty but that’s all part of the fun. Trail seemed little known and lightly trafficked. Well worth it!

Make sure you go to the right towards the end of the trail to stand at the top of the massive Waipoo falls. The first time I did this trail I missed that cut to the right and went left and only saw the small top tier of the falls.

hiking
23 days ago

One of the best hikes on Kauai. Amazing views of the Kalalau Valley. The climb offers a great sense of adventure, it is narrow and steep at times though so be careful when muddy. Multiple different types of terrain along the trail and numerous viewing points that offer different perspectives on the Valley. At the very end of the hike you are able to see along the Nāpali to Ke’e beach and to the other side you can see the Honopu ridge and valley. Going before midday is the safest bet, we went one afternoon only to find the entire valley in white out. Going early the following day we had perfect weather. Definitely worth it!

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike, trail is broad and easy to walk for the majority of the way, can be fairly slippery when wet. Last section up to the peak is steeper with rutted out sections, tree roots and some mud. All walkable for most hikers in most conditions if you take it slowly when wet. Go early before the clouds set in for the afternoon. Offers a different perspective on the Kalalau Valley - the views are worth it!

Great views early on the trail. Can be slippery at spots with wet mud. As you descend into the forest beautiful forest with a relaxing stream great for a rest spot before you continue the hike. A couple of short difficult spots but mostly easy to moderate hiking.

This hike was gorgeous. There was a good mix of rocky cliff areas and lush landscapes. A good distance and moderately easy though we did run into some steep sandy areas. There were also plants that smelled like farts. There were good smelling plants but mostly fart plants.

hiking
28 days ago

Excellent hike. Trail was in great, dry, condition with only a few tacky spots. Even in the wet/mud this trail would be passable for most people, just slower. Amazing views at the end, Best seen beyond the handrail and further along the ridge, take caution though.

backpacking
28 days ago

Very beautiful. We did a 3 day hike down the valley. We wanted to go to kaluaha but We missed a trail junction and we ended up to a dam. Very nice but the climate was very humide during the night. We left our bivouac open and ended up with water inside. Overall, beautiful trail and the way back was not as difficult as we though even with 40 pounds backpack.

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