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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Absolutely amazing views from this trail! Seems a little difficult at first but the trail becomes a lot less steep the farther you go. It starts along the left side of kalalau lookout. Look for a little gate in the metal fence. It isnt marked very well, but it is pretty easy to find. First couple view points are great, but the view from the point is breathtaking. Definitely worth the hike! Took us a little under an hour each way.

hiking
5 days ago

Nice views, intense hike. Super hot with long exposed stretches where the sun just bakes you. Bring plenty of water. We went through 2 liters each and were wishing we'd brought more.

Amazing ! We are beginner hikes in good shape (also in our twenties) and we found this trail very do-able. The way down offers more and more beautiful views. It's so rewarding !! Breathtaking ! And you go all the way down to the tip and then back up (which is much harder since it's pretty uphill and ours was wet). We wore running shoes which was great. But we saw 2 girls in flip flops do it with a guide.

Conclusion: absolutely incredible and worth it ! Go in the morning to have less clouds (we went in afternoon) and if worried bring someone with you! Pants are a good idea since there were a lot of bushes. Weather changed constantly but gave amazing views anyhow .

hiking
10 days ago

The beginning of this trail has the best view you can see of the kalalau valley. This is at the end of the road at Waimea canyon state park and offers exponentially better views than the lookout point earlier down the road. You can go about half mile in to see the views, and as you go further, you get to where it becomes the swamp after about 2 miles in. Wear some grippy shoes.

This is the way to see the Waimea canyon rather than the lookouts. We started at the puu hinahina lookout trail which turns into this one down a steep dirt trek all the way to waipoo falls. Worth it. It can get slick with he dirt and dust going downhill but the hike is so scenic it is worth it.

Phenomenal. Best "Moderate" hike on Kauai so far! We loved the variation in geology and topography.

awesome trip, a bit middy after the rain, but definitely worth it.

hiking
13 days ago

Very cute and pleasant trail. Very interesting.

Best views of my life. Do it in the morning to beat the crowds! Trail starts at the Kaulalau lookout if you follow the chain fence around to the left. The weather changed constantly just while we were on the trail. Clouds blew in and out, perpetually changing the landscape so don't be discouraged if the weather isn't what you want at first.

The views are great right away and if you're not feeling up to the challenge of the whole thing, the first couple lookouts are a good example of what you'll see the rest of the way. However, I'd say it's worth getting out to the very tip and looking down at the beach. Keep going until you're very clearly at the end and meet just dirt drop offs on all sides- you'll know when you get there.

Might want to consider long pants: it's a little bush wack-y at parts and we got slightly scratched up. Nothing dangerous about the trail if you're smart and go in daylight and not when it's wet or slippery. It's pretty short, but the steep uphill coming back and the narrow nature of the path is probably why it's marked as "hard". It takes your breath away for sure (in more ways than one!) but it's not insanely challenging. Definitely my favorite spot in Kauai!

hiking
16 days ago

This trail is very difficult. It's 2.5 miles down into the canyon and then 2.5 miles straight back up. The trail itself is very steep and uneven, but the views are spectacular! Definitely wear good shoes and bring lots of water. The best views are about halfway down so if you're not a super experienced hiker you can always turn around at that point. I would not recommend this for inexperienced hikers.

hiking
17 days ago