Rim overlooks of one of the State's scenic treasures - the deep, colorful gorge of Waimea Canyon. Viewpoint of Niihau Island; wildland picnicking and short nature trail. Adjacent forest reserve with long, strenuous hike into and out of the canyon. Seasonal trout fishing. Pig and seasonal goat hunting nearby.

See kukui trail for the starts.
But once you reach the river and go north, that's where the trouble starts. First, you'll need to have river crossing shoes (you can't just hop from rock to rock). I think 4 river crossing (x2 if you come back). ALSO, at one point after the second campground, you end up in a very dense jungle. There MIGHT be another way, another trail, I don't know. But there were signs that it was there (including an actual sign saying this was the trail, and you could kind of see that this was the way of lesser resistance, but still, it was very hard). It was dense foliage, walking at much slower pace than 0.5 mile/hour, and the foliage would cut you along the way. I had rash all over my forearms and legs for about a week... Maybe wear long sleeves? Anyhow, be prepared, or find a better route!

Not recommended, especially in winter! Car thieves are prevalent and will break into your car- our window was smashed and everything was stolen. If it rains then the river crossings turn into raging torrents that will either prevent you from continuing or will trap you from being able to return until the waters recede, typically after twelve hours (happened to us). Half a mile of this trail was solid overgrowth of plants shoulder-high with burrs that completely scratched up our legs and arms. The waterfall is nothing special, maybe a five foot drop. On the plus side, we did see beautiful views, wild boars, and many plants including coffee trees, citrus and banana. It just wasn’t worth losing everything that was in our car!

Did this hike today after the Kukui hike. This is well worth it. The view you get of the canyon is far better than from the street, and it’s very easy. This is a must do even for non hikers.

Worth doing. As always here incredible views.

Nice way to get familiar with different local vegetation. No super challenging points. We had a but of dirt/mud due to rain but nothing impactful to the hike.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Very nice view at the sunset on the waimea canyon.

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