wild flowers


nature trips

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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.

We were a mixed crew of experience but Jeramiah our guide coaxed is along and it was spectacular. Our 32 year old son- in - law said it was the hardest hike he’s ever done but worth the 10 hour flight from NYC.

5 days ago

Absolutely incredible trail. It rained before we got to the trail which made for a very muddy adventure, but it was only a concern on the way out while going downhill. One of the most jaw dropping views I’ve seen and well worth the muddy trek. Car to car in about 3 hours including about 30 minutes spent eating lunch at the end of the trail on the ridge. Do this hike, you will not regret it even if you fall down and get a little muddy (:

5 days ago

Beautiful views into the canyon with distant waterfalls along the way. There were mosquitos below the tree line (a little past the halfway point). We stopped at the the river for lunch. Hiking back up was strenuous. Bring at least couple liters of water. Also good hiking shoes and hiking poles are recommended.

Great hike, and the weather held out for us! Bring layers (during the winter time) and wear the appropriate footwear...muddy and slick!

Really special hike, we felt all alone!

11 days ago


Awesome trail. It’s short enough you don’t have to take a ton of crap. It can easily be done just carrying a water bottle. We did take some food though and ate it at the end. A perfect place to have lunch. Its not an easy trail but it’s only two miles out and back. I would say the hardest part about it was the long drive to the viewpoint/trailhead. A couple of people we passed were wearing flip flops but it was pretty dry when we went. I’m sure if there has been any moisture at all it would be harder but it could be ten times harder and the views would still be worth it. I’m not great with heights. I wouldn’t go bungee jumping or sky diving or anything but at no point on this trail was I uncomfortable with the drops on either side. Whatever is holding you back, the drive, the heights, the hard rating. Just tough through it for this one. You won’t regret it.

Views on the trail aren’t all that great until you get to the open canyon area. Muddy for sure and pretty steep in spots. I wouldn’t recommend it for young children or the elderly. Sitting parallel with helicopters touring the canyon at the end is pretty cool.

scenic driving
13 days ago

More of a path than a trail which leads you to the lookout. Incredible views on the drive up and you won’t be tired of them yet by the time you get to the lookout.

We did this about two years ago and loved it. Our 10 and 12 year old sons did it with us, so it’s not too hard. Definitely recommend it.

15 days ago

Beautiful views! Definitely worth the short hike. Go early to beat the clouds. They started rolling in about 9:30 in the morning.

Simply incredible view at the end!

Definietly a couple more of the “if I misstep, I’m gonna die a horrible death” spots on this trail than some of the other trails at the top but had a blast though with some great views. Got on the trail around 8am and while it was foggy/cloudy all the way up the canyon this trail was clear. Trail was a bit wet but wasn’t bad at all.

Loved it!

Completed this today. Was amazing. Trail was much easier on the way in as it is mostly downhill. Coming back is basically all uphill but the end makes it all worth it. Could not recommend his enough. Just bring enough water and watch yourself on slippery roots. We started the hike at about 8am and we’re back at the car by 11:30. We saw a total of 18 people on the trail.


24 days ago

Great hike! Definitely difficult because of the elevation gain/loss but I thought going down was harder than coming back up! I'm from flat Nebraska and liked the challenge. Enjoyed the change of terrain, saw a lot of goats and trekked through the mud at the bottom-adventurous! Our plan was to camp 1 night at Kaluahaulu campsite but we could not find the trail after we crossed the river. We looked and looked. (Anyone else have this problem?! Frustrating.) We ended up coming back to Wiliwili and a nice German couple shared their site with us. Be prepared for sneaky mosquitos at the river, bring plenty of water and snacks. Stars on a clear night are incredible.

25 days ago

Incredible! If you are a EXPERIENCED hiker go down the little ridge at the end and climb to the peak in the middle of the valleys. Insane

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.

1 month ago

Easy trail, but with amazing na pali views.


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

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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