hiking

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nature trips

birding

trail running

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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.

Astonishing, majestic views of the Canyon. Waimea Canyon was definitely the most interesting and beautiful part of Kauai. We spotted some mountain goats during the hike. Make sure your footage is secure if you decide to explore beyond the main trail, as it can be very steep. Quite a few helicopters hovering around.

Completed twice, 2011 and 2013. One of our favorite hikes. Wear long pants if you do not want to get your legs cut up as others have mentioned. On a clear day you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the coast. Watch for helicopters below when you near the end. Watch weather prior to leaving as coming back in the rain is not fun (from experience. Do not think you can just walk up and complete; not for beginners. Start early end early and go get a drink.

Completed twice, 2011 and 2013. One of our favorite hikes. Wear long pants if you do not want to get your legs cut up as others have mentioned. On a clear day you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the coast. Watch for helicopters below when you near the end. Watch weather prior to leaving as coming back in the rain is not fun (from experience. Do not think you can just walk up and complete; not for beginners. Start early end early and go get a drink.

hiking
3 days ago

Very scenic trail, I loved it!

hiking
3 days ago

The view at the end of the trail is just amazing but honestly I wouldn't recommend it for a first time in Waimea Canyon.

hiking
4 days ago

Got on the trail at 7:15. Forgot to record the trip in ...
Saw no one on the trip in - had the place to ourselves. Chose the perfect day. Best possible view from the outlook, nearest cloud was miles away. One of the tougher "moderate" hikes we've done.

hiking
6 days ago

This is an easy hike to an amazing view.... if you don't have clouds and rain. :(
We waited over an hour to catch any glimpse of sunlight and to see the valley and ocean and Kalalau. I'd love to come back on a better day. BUT it was exciting to see goats on the mountain side and two goats that came up on the trail near us!

Great hike with beautiful canyon views and a nice swim at the bottom.

hiking
8 days ago

This trail was a muddy mess when we came. It was foggy for most of it and so we only got to see beautiful views for a moment. I've heard this trail can be one of the best in Kauai, but from what I experienced I wasn't too impressed. It was okay and I'd still be open to trying it again though.

on Awa'awapuhi Trail

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11 days ago

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hiking
14 days ago

Unique canyon views through the hike, taking in the vastness of the Little Grand Canyon from below its walls. Look for the mile 8 road marker - there is no parking lot. Stick to the right at the start of the nature loop and look for that trail head sign to pop up quickly.
Red dirt stretches make it a dry day hike without exception. Coming back up wasn't as bad as I thought, in fact the downhill was tougher on my body. At the bottom, the river is a nice place to cool off and play on the rocks. Definitely bring bug spray for mosquitos near the bottom (when you hit jungle) and at the river. Well worth your time and effort!